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Identity

The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment
Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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The New York Times best-selling author of The Origins of Political Order offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics: its origins, its effects, and what it means for domestic and international affairs of state 

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people”, who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the population as a whole. 

Demand for recognition of one’s identity is a master concept that unifies much of what is going on in world politics today. The universal recognition on which liberal democracy is based has been increasingly challenged by narrower forms of recognition based on nation, religion, sect, race, ethnicity, or gender, which have resulted in anti-immigrant populism, the upsurge of politicized Islam, the fractious “identity liberalism” of college campuses, and the emergence of white nationalism. Populist nationalism, said to be rooted in economic motivation, actually springs from the demand for recognition and therefore cannot simply be satisfied by economic means. The demand for identity cannot be transcended; we must begin to shape identity in a way that supports rather than undermines democracy. 

Identity is an urgent and necessary book - a sharp warning that unless we forge a universal understanding of human dignity, we will doom ourselves to continuing conflict. 

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Helps to understand the 'why' of modern issues

This book does a great job of creating a common thread between issues that are intuitively connected but hard to articulate. It was dense at times, and has some assumed knowledge of history and philosophy, but still peices together the role of identity, particularly in transnational issues, in a compelling way.

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  • Shahin
  • 19-09-2018

Robotic narrator

Book content was excellent, but the gentleman narrating it for audible audiobook version read it like a robot reads an official memo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-09-2018

Good one if ur new to Fukuyama

Nice book only if u r new to Fukuyama but if u have read his others books then I think he is not offering that much of new thing other than repacking his idea

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  • Brad
  • 14-11-2018

Important Book; Destroyed.

If you can withstand unbearably horrible narration; narration so incredibly bad that you almost can't believe it; narration that gives rise to homicidal thoughts that you didn't even know you were capable of; narration that makes you long for (1) a chalkboard to scrape your fingernails on while (2) shooting your brains out with a very strong gun, then this is the audiobook for you.
As far as books go, it's good. It's good in terms of being read - by you... not by this horrible, bad, in need of reprimand, so bad you can't believe it's possible, so called narrator. Dear GOD! WHY! Oh Audible... Please find someone... anyone... to re-read this. The book is too good to be destroyed by such an amazingly horrible narrator. Jeez.......

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  • Bob H
  • 20-02-2019

Opinions from an ivory tower

The world, as observed from an ivory tower.

Also: Orange man bad.

Also: Fukuyama still salty that he was mocked for the End of History notion.

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  • Armand Jarri
  • 15-02-2019

Poorly developed thesis

Written in a typical Fukuyama style: broad brush of history but without attention to details. I got the impression that the writer didn't do much research and he just jumped to a conclusion. Indeed it reads like a concluding chapter , but where is the thesis?

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  • Russell
  • 24-01-2019

A cogent narrative of how we got to now

Fukuyama puts an interesting historical/political frame around the last few hundred years. A very worthwhile read. I have read Yuval Noah Harari, Jared Diamond, and Siddhartha Mukherjee. If you enjoyed their books, you'll likely enjoy this. This book puts a narrative structure around what we have observed in our politics recently and will make a lot of seemingly disparate things in your head click into place.

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  • amudyfir
  • 30-12-2018

Essential book!

A great book for anyone looking to understand the roots of many political disagreements in the world today.

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  • Duke of Waiheke
  • 23-12-2018

A badly needed affirmation of liberal democracy.

Francis Fukuyama outlines the challenges faced by liberal democracy in the age of identity politics. He also makes the point that identity can also be used to bolster liberal democracy.

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  • Douglas
  • 13-12-2018

Great book, not a fan of the voice talent thought.

A well thought through book on an important issue. I greatly enjoyed the authors insightful and well informed point of view on identy politics and its growing impact on society broadly.

I can't however say the same for the voice acting which I found wooden and snooty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2018

Great audio book

I loved the book, the narration was superb. I'm buying the printing version, it is that good.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2019

Some important and urgent insights

Clear minded consideration of the dynamics of identity vis a vis the liberal democratic state, posing some important questions and making some urgent and fair recommendations. Just annoyed that he grounds it in ancient Greek ideas about the mind rather than the modern science of psychology, which does not get mentioned once!

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  • P Howorth
  • 28-01-2019

Not so sure about this one.

I felt quite uneasy listening to this at times. I'm centre-right but I listen to and respect the opinions and work of an awful lot of liberals. But here there were quite a few occasions, increasingly towards the end, where I felt the author's bias coming through. Ordinarily I'd say a bias is to be expected, but it led to the author explaining certain elements of current affairs in a way that would lead someone less informed to confirm opinions they may hold about things the media are currently publishing, regarding trump and the right wing. He made several points that conflict with information I'm currently reading in Black Rednecks and White Liberals, as well as passing disingenuous comments about trump, all while defending and sympathising with the left. The biggest gripe for me being the incident at Charlottesville and trump's comments about "both sides" which he cleared up about 100 times since, and then the author makes vague statements about trump nodding to white supremacy. I don't even like trump and I have a clearer view of things than this book does.

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  • Good Grain
  • 12-11-2018

Blandly academic

It starts badly with a dull disposition on the misunderstandings around his once famous but now rather dated book "The End of History and the Last Man" which really should have been left out as irrelevant to the topic at hand. It picks up thereafter but it doesn't offer anything beyond an academic overview of some of the key writers about identity over the last few hundred years and in this regard it is unspectacular but passable. Alas once it hits more modern times it becomes ever closer to a bog standard soft left editorial devoid of anything fresh to say and hence bland.

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