• Francis Fukuyama, one of the world’s leading intellectuals, spoke to CDE’s executive director Ann Bernstein about democracy, business, markets, and development.
  • Pointing out that Freedom House had showed in its 2020 report that freedom in the world had declined for a 15th consecutive year, at a steeper rate than before, Fukuyama said that he was “not optimistic” about the future of liberal democracy.
  • Fukuyama believes that we are “in a serious crisis of democracy right now” and that “it is not going to get better unless people push back against these authoritarian tendencies” across the world.
  • Fukuyama argues that to make reform happen, you have to confront entrenched forces in a society that seeks to prevent reform from happening. This is especially true when it comes to corruption.
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