On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. The Cold War ended thereafter; no more confrontation between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The event prompted Y. Francis Fukuyama, a political theorist, to write The End of History and the Last Man (1992). With the end of the Cold War, Fukuyama argued that "the end of history means liberal democracy will become the only form of government for all nation-states. This form of government will be the last form of government." So far, the Fukuyama thesis has not seen the end of repressive, authoritarian regimes. Today, Tom Tomorrow adapts the Fukuyama thesis to the inauguration of the POTUS (44). For the Dumbos, the end of history occurred on Inauguration Day: January 20, 2009. If this is (fair & balanced) Dumbo stupidity, so be it.
[Dan Perkins is an editorial cartoonist better known by the pen name "Tom Tomorrow". His weekly comic strip, "This Modern World," which comments on current events from a strong liberal perspective, appears regularly in approximately 150 papers across the U.S., as well as on Salon and Working for Change. The strip debuted in 1990 in SF Weekly.
Perkins, a long time resident of Brooklyn, New York, currently lives in Connecticut. He received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in both 1998 and 2002.
When he is not working on projects related to his comic strip, Perkins writes a daily political weblog, also entitled "This Modern World," which he began in December 2001.]
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