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Social scientists have begun to wring their hands in recent years over “the rise of individualism at the expense of the community,” as Francis Fukuyama puts it in his book, Trust: The Social Virtues and the Creation of Prosperity. Fukuyama, you may remember, drew fire four years ago for suggesting that the fall of communism would bring The End of History and the Last Man. At least that book was innovative. Now Fukuyama joins the tired clique of communitarians (including George Washington University professor Amitai Etzioni) who lament that we Americans no longer join the Boy Scouts and go to PTA meetings. Fukuyama’s argument might be more powerful if it weren’t layered with silly, vaguely racist ideas—like the notion that blacks are poor because “they mistrust one another.” (And, circularly, that they mistrust one another because they are poor.) Ask him about these sentiments at 7:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. FREE. (202) 965-9880. (John Cloud)