By William V. Spanos
Connects the yankee exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the center East.
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P. xiii) . . This “move toward political freedom around the globe”. . would have been everywhere accompanied . . ” The alliance of liberal democracy and of the “free market,” there’s the “good news” of this last quarter century. 11 10 American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization Derrida’s analysis constitutes a powerful and, however belated, much welcomed thematization not simply of the reductive ontological priority of the transhistorical Logos over actual history in Fukuyama’s historiography, but of the theological provenance of its will to power over the singular event: of what I will provisionally call the imperialism of Fukuyama’s metaphysical ontology.
In accordance with this need to reintegrate theory and practice—the ontological and the sociopolitical, thinking and doing—and to accommodate the present uneven balance of this relationship to the actual conditions established by the total colonization of thinking in the age of the world picture, I would suggest, in a prologemenal way, the inordinate urgency of resuming the virtually abandoned destructive genealogy of the truth discourse of the post-Enlightenment Occident, now, however, reconstellated into the post-Cold War conjuncture.
While there have been cycles in the worldwide fortunes of democracy, there has also been a pronounced secular trend in a democratic direction. . Indeed, the growth of liberal democracy, together with its companion, economic liberalism, has been the most remarkable macropolitical phenomenon of the last four hundred years. (EH, 47–48; Fukuyama’s emphasis) In the counterlight of my retrieval of the global scope and significance of the Vietnam War, Fukuyama’s ocularcentric obliteration of its disclosive singularity in his euphoric representation of the end of the Cold War assumes a glaring visibility of epochal historical proportions.