Headline from Yahoo!: Italian woman in right-to-die debate dies
So what’s the fate of the world anyhow? I can never really decide if we are headed downward towards a broken ecology and oppressive international economy or a super-fun capitalist megaparty.
This Economist article http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13035718 suggests that capitalism and democracy might align the interests of the powerful with the interests of the elite. Today ungoverned territories pose a greater threat to the US than do hostile nation-states, and spreading liberal democracy is a prime objective of the US. Assuming this can be attempted by someone more capable than George W, will we see the proliferation of good, just government everywhere? Since good governance is a critical ingredient of developing a rich and safe country (see Nigeria or Russia), are we heading towards a strictly enforced land of plenty?
Francis Fukuyama floats the popular idea that we face “The End of History” — Mankind is on a new path and war is finally on its way out:
“What we may be witnessing is… the end of history as such: that is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.”
Should I be more pessimistic?