Sailing Beyond the Edge of the World
Mark Steyn notes that Francis Fukuyama still thinks he can see the End of History -- and it looks exactly like the European Union.
I believe that the European Union more accurately reflects what the world will look like at the end of history than the contemporary United States. The EU's attempt to transcend sovereignty and traditional power politics by establishing a transnational rule of law is much more in line with a "post-historical" world than the Americans' continuing belief in God, national sovereignty, and their military.
Most of us are familiar with the way ordinary law works and presumably "transnational law" works in the same way. A judge may issue a warrant, but it doesn't enforce itself. It usually requires the efforts of another official, like a Marshal, who is prepared to physically carry out the order, to make the judge's order stick. I have never heard of a self-enforcing warrant yet.
Historically, the EU owes its very existence to the fact that America, with its "continuing belief in God, national sovereignty, and their military" kept the Soviet Union from overrunning it. It is questionable whether Europe could today even obtain oil supplies from the Middle East or maintain freedom of navigation in the vital waters like the Persian Gulf (remember HMS Cornwall?) without America, with its "continuing belief in God, national sovereignty, and their military".
It doesn't make much sense to plan on living in a "post-historical" world unless one can exist an historical world. But maybe the EU plans on leaving history to the United States while it waits patiently, having missed the Worker's Paradise, for the next scheduled mothership.