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In this article I will explore the way Nietzsche has been taken up in neoconservative thought by looking at the work of Francis Fukuyama and his teacher Leo Strauss. Fukuyama interprets Nietzsche’s social theory that culminates in the idea of the last man as a theory of the decline of thymos in the modern world. This appropriation of Nietzsche opens interesting perspectives on contemporary phenomena, even if, as I will argue in my first section, it involves only a partial understanding of the concerns Nietzsche was addressing.

Society has become financialized; the process of replacing relations, structures of trust and reciprocity, by anonymous and systemic transactions. The volume poses vital questions with regard to this societal development. How did this happen? And is change possible? If yes, how? Finance and the Common Good contains 21 essays on these themes. Haroon Sheikh has contributed A European Response to Globalisation and Digitalisation.

Younger people consider themselves citizens of the global village. At least this is how we generally view millennials the world over: they are postmaterialist, favor collaboration over competition, and are democratic, cosmopolitan, and progressive. But the truth about the world’s younger generations is more complicated.

The Arab Spring is often explained in purely economic terms, focusing on the sudden increase in inflation or high income inequality. While such economic factors play a role in recent events, much more is at stake. We have to place the Arab Spring in the broader context of the human pursuit of meaning and dignity. That is, the uprising represents a turning point in the relationship of the Arabs with the forces of modernity.