The point of political science is to try to make sense of the world we live in in a scholarly sense. By simplifying, by focusing on what matters and what doesn"t. Tells us more than kings, queens, and wars. Tells us the case of ideas - reality. History that is taught through what has been articulated. History is the history of human consciousnesses. Industry, economics, religion are all material manifestation - ideas. Liberal democracy -> what we live in. This will never surpass -> ideas will never be surpassed -> end of history . You know because no other ideas will come. Big challenges to liberal democracy had been defeated in realm of ideas (fascism and communism) the real realm. Religious fundamentalism -> not universal therefor not a real challenge. Wars are not wars of big ideas -> liberalism wins. Russia? more about power, not challenging global order. Class of civilizations: an examination of huntington"s arguments - wong.