The End of History and the Last Man by the conservative thinker Francis Fukuyama will be republished early in 2006, as will a new introduction by the author, The End of History Revisted.
Here's a quick comment on uses and abuses of language relating to two points in the Fukuyama mental framework 2005/06. One,
Point one: well yes, but the scientific process that Fukuyama so rightly values is under attack in the
Point two: the word "liberal" in the phrase "liberal democracy". This is complex, culturally-embedded word. Its meaning shifts over time. It cannot and should not be pinned down like terms in mathematics, chemistry or for that matter evolutionary biology.
But the Humpty Dumpty position ("words mean exactly what I want them to mean, neither more nor less") is not OK either. This is a small plea to reclaim liberal from some influential actors on both left (as in "neo-liberal imperialist") and, not including Fukuyama, the right (as in "liberal from Massachussetts") who abuse the term.
Yes, it derives from the Latin for freedom; but the OED defines liberal as: those arts and sciences that are worthy of a free man; free in giving, generous, open-hearted; free in speech and action; free from narrow prejudice, open minded. Dr Johnson’s definitions include; not mean, not low in mind.