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The impact of a steady stream of “deficit reporting” is to encourage cynicism (“everybody’s a crook”) and despair (“there’s nothing you can do”). Sharing news about things that are working seems pretty basic.
By “liberalism” Fukuyama means “the doctrine that emerged in the second half of the seventeenth century that argued for the limitations of the powers of governments through law and ultimately constitutions, creating institutions protecting the rights of individuals living under their jurisdiction.”