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Where are we today?
And how happy are we now that we are here?
in The great forgetting
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The nineteenth century is largely invisible; it exists without context, memorialized in fragments in museums, theme parks, and heritage sites. It is enshrined in official memory as nostalgic triumphalism, such as Francis Fukuyama's infamous declaration praising the end of history and the victory of Western idealism and liberal democracy. In truth, the US had become more like a Latin American oligarchy than a mixed economic democracy, more like Mexico and Russia than Sweden or France, when measuring the concentration of economic power. Outside the US and the UK, the concentration of income and wealth diminishes considerably, notably in the European social democracies. In the US, the 2005 Maxwell Poll on Civic Engagement reported that 80 percent of the population thought inequality was a problem. Globalization also has played a role in growing inequality; it has greatly increased the power of the corporation, both economically and politically.

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The great forgetting

The past, present and future of social democracy and the welfare state


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