Liberalism and Its Discontents: A Conversation with Francis Fukuyama


Dr. Francis Fukuyama

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University


Classical liberalism is in a state of crisis. Developed in the wake of Europe’s wars over religion and nationalism, liberalism is a system for governing diverse societies that is grounded in fundamental principles of equality and the rule of law. It emphasizes the rights of individuals to pursue their own forms of happiness free from encroachment by governments.

We are honored to have renowned political philosopher Francis Fukuyama speak at our November luncheon. He will draw upon his new book, Liberalism and Its Discontents (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022), to discuss how liberalism has been pushed to new extremes by both the right and the left in recent decades. The result, he will argue, has been a fracturing of our civil society, placing our democracy in increasing peril. In his remarks, Dr. Fukuyama will touch on how this profoundly affects our current political discontents, from immigration to the invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to being one of America’s leading public intellectuals, Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Director of the Ford Dorsey Master’s in International Policy, also at Stanford. A political scientist, political economist, and international relations scholar, Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues in development and international politics. His best-selling book The End of History and the Last Man (Free Press, 1992) has been printed in over twenty foreign editions. Dr. Fukuyama received his BA in Classics from Cornell University and his PhD in Political Science from Harvard.

Information About November’s Luncheon at the Marriott

The Monterey Marriott is a new venue for WACMB luncheons. It is located at 350 Calle  Principal in downtown Monterey, right across  Del Monte Avenue from the Monterey  Conference Center. The luncheon will be held  in Ferrante’s Bay View Ballroom, which is  located on the 10th floor of the Marriott and  offers sweeping views of Monterey Bay. Find  the elevators to the left as you enter the lobby  of the Marriott from Calle Principal.

Paid parking is available nearby in the city’s  parking structures. The East and West Garages  are found on Tyler Street between Del Monte  Avenue and Franklin Street. The Calle Principal  Lot is located at 468 Calle Principal; its upper  level can only be accessed from Pacific Street.  Be very careful about street parking in the  downtown area: the two-hour maximum is  strictly enforced.


  • Monday, November 14, 2022
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 12:00 pm: Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm: Program


  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Marina Korean Chicken Entree Salad Topped with Almonds, Rice Noodles, and Crispy Wontons, and Dressed with Sesame Vinaigrette
  • Freshly Baked Bread
  • Salted Caramel and Kailua Cheesecake
  • Coffee, Decaf, and Tea
  • Vegetarian Option: Falafel Salad with Hummus, Feta, and Olives, Dressed with Basil Vinaigrette and Served with Naan


  • $64 for members
  • $69 for guests
Important: You Must Provide Proof of Full Covid-19 Vaccination in Order to Attend

All those attending WACMB in-person events must show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination, including a booster.

To prove your vaccination status, you can present either your vaccination card or your State of California QR code.

You only need to present such proof once. Your documentation will be noted, and that box will be automatically checked for future meetings.

For the time being, no auditors will be permitted to attend any WACMB in-person meetings. This is to ensure that every person in the room has been vaccinated and boosted.

Thank you for your cooperation with our efforts to keep our members healthy!


Reservations are due by November 10. Register by mail here.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration is now closed.


Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, California 93940