they live without deprivation? Though all classes in Americantoday are more affluent than they were in the 1930’s, theftnand robbery have increased exponentially in the last fiftynyears. In recent times, moreover, journalists and educatorsnhave taken to squabbling over political doctrines, so thatneven opposition to ideology has now turned into metaphysicalnanticommunism and its Menshevik equivalent of globalndemocratism. In The New Republic (November 6, 1989)nMorton Kondracke rejoices that American foreign policy isnnow in the hands of a “Democracy Gang” embracingnDesmond Tutu, Stephen Solarz, and the National Endowmentnfor Democracy. This international movement hasnbeen able to focus American foreign policy on aiding thosenwith compatible views by “diplomatic intervention, militarynassistance (in El Salvador and the Philippines, for example)nand on rare occasions direct or covert use of force.”nI for one will put my money on the Democracy Gangnand on even more violent bands of ideologues as futurenpeace-disturbers. If Fukuyama’s vision has any importance,nit will be as a weapon in a crusade being waged by politicaln18/CHRONICLESnHome Repairsnby Robert B. ShawnClimbing up the rented extension laddernon the way toward patching his own roofnhe halted midway, taken a little dizzy,nholding tight a ridged aluminum rungnand steadying his shoulder bag of needments —nhammer, nails, a few split cedar shingles —nthen went ahead, without a second stopngetting himself beyond his second story.nAlthough his cuff jerked back each timenhe gripped another rung he never thoughtnof what was on the untanned undersidenof his right wrist: modest, whitening scar,ntoo well stitched to blaze much of a trailnback to last year’s lapse of equilibrium.nClean that rain-gutter next, he thought. Up top,nhe leaned himself back on the low-pitched,nsun-warmed slope and looked around, no vertigonto cope with, just a moment’s sheer surprisenat seeing down below so many small thingsndocilely disposed, in such trim order:nlawn mowed, car washed and waxed, zinnias weeded.nHe hadn’t known that he had come so far.nnnredeemers. It is a (perhaps unintended) blueprint for thenintensification of politics. And the conspicuous solemnitynwith which global democrats have been discussing itsnreprised Enlightenment suppositions suggests their ownninterest in current struggles. Their decision to lavish attentionnon the essay is itself a polemical move intended to putninto relief their own foreign policy objectives. The publicationnand reception of the essay, it may be readily assumed,nhave resulted from heated debates in which the editors ofnThe National Interest have been far from neutral.nFukuyama’s outline of a globalist vision appeared exactlynwhere it did as a tactic in a continuing struggle against thosenwho trivialize Charles Krauthammer’s (not Hegel’s) recipenfor universal political happiness. Both the publication andncelebration of the essay are nothing more or nothing less.nToday (November 12, 1989) the Sunday WashingtonnPost reports that “nationalist, sectarian and conservativenforces” are resurfacing in Poland together with Polishndemocracy. Apparently, American journalists have failed tonterminate world history. <^n