The End of History and the Last Man | Interview by Francis Fukuyama with Melanie Rehak

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Interview by Francis Fukuyama with Melanie Rehak

SOURCE: “The Unselfish Gene,” in New York Times Magazine, May 2, 1999, p. 24.

In the following brief interview, Fukuyama comments on the human need for connection and cooperation and the causes of social fragmentation.

[Rehak]: In your new book, you present the contentious view that on some fundamental, genetic level, human beings are built for consensus. Can you explain that?

[Fukuyama]: We're programmed to cooperate in groups, to be joiners, to feel accepted. This is one of these things that people believe common-sensically, and that social scientists tell us is wrong. Economists begin with this understanding that human beings are selfish and just want to make money. Even many religious conservatives view humans as essentially sinful. But people feel intensely uncomfortable if they live in a society that doesn't have moral rules.

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