Whig history

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Whig history or Whig historiography is a view that presents the past as an inevitable movement towards increasing liberalism and progress. There are associated concepts, such as disliked opponents being labeled as inevitably failing in the future, due to being on "the wrong side of history".

Although originally referring to a British context, the term has been applied to similar global views, one example being those presented in Francis Fukuyama's book The End of History and the Last Man (1992).

One criticism is that much of the progress that has occurred has been due to progresses in science and technology. Furthermore, that this can continue similarly into the future, even if ignoring various negative trends, is questionable, one example being that Moore's law, behind many recent improvements in technology and productivity, is failing or becoming less effective.

Argued negative trends

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