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One of the most seductive myths in modern politics is that politics itself may one day end—that left will finally triumph over right, or right will defeat left, or moderates from both factions will join together in the spirit of bipartisan comity. Either way, the myth promises a break from the bickering, the anxiety, and the interminable slog of political struggle. Universal solidarity will reign, and the nation will be transported into either a glittering future or a halcyon past.
The myth has obvious roots in Christian eschatology, but you can see its echoes in the major Western ideologies of the twentieth century, both on the right and the left. Marx promised that capitalism would eventually develop into socialism before finally reaching perfect communism. Neoconservatives—many of them former socialists—dreamed of a crusading American empire that would spread liberty and free markets across the globe. Renowned theorist Frances Fukuyama, meanwhile, has posited that liberal democracy represents the apotheosis of global political development. He’s called it the End of History.