11 Sep '17, 11am

Sustainable development and the end of history

A warning: At the end of this article, I will raise some uncomfortable questions about sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and other concepts that many of us have been promoting in recent decades in response to global challenges, such as ending poverty, dealing with climate change and halting the destruction of ecosystems. But first, let’s take a detour through recent political history. In November 1989, the Berlin Wall fell, marking the definitive end of the Cold War and the collapse of Soviet-style communism. But the falling of the wall was just the final, visible symbol of a political process already well under way. Earlier that same year, political philosopher Francis Fukuyama also made history — and headlines — by publishing an essay (PDF) that asked whether history itself was coming to an end. Fukuyama’s much-cited (and often misunderstood) thesi...

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