Liberalism : The Best We Have

1414 words - 6 pages

Liberalism, as a political ideology is not perfect. However, it does have the most to offer as an ideology. Although alternative ideologies may be clearer or more effective at attaining their end goals, liberalism’s commitment to private property, equality, and the free market set it apart. I will first discuss liberalism’s precursor, traditionalism, and its drawbacks leading to liberalism’s creation and proliferation. Next, I will discuss the ideologies created in response to liberalism’s (perceived) flaws: fascism, communism, and Marxism. Through this I will show that liberalism, regardless of defects, if interpreted correctly is the best political alternative available.
The ideals of ...view middle of the document...

Because liberalism was invented as backlash to the strict order and hierarchical nature of traditionalism, its de facto interpretation was extreme in the opposite direction. For this reason, liberalism is very expansive and difficult to clearly define. Unfortunately, liberalism’s focus on individuality has been taking to the extreme, leading to an intensive focus on capitalism. Due to this, there has been an extreme concentration of wealth and increasing income inequalities. This has led to the principle of equality between all individuals to be undermined; the effects have started to spill over into political representation.
These class relations led to the creation of Marxism, an ideology which faults the difference in capital between people. Instead, Marxism wanted to redistribute the surplus being concentrated in the hands of a small bourgeoisie class at the expense of a proletariat class of workers. Marxism tries to amend the issue that both traditionalism and liberalism fall to: class societies. Marx believed there would be a revolution once the masses realized their exploitation and this would lead to a socialist state where the government’s role in the economy is expanded—distribution of land, wealth, and population. Lastly, it would evolve to a communist state, with the state fading away because it was no longer necessary and the communal ownership of goods and means of production, dispelling the notion of gaining material wealth.
Marxism’s central issue is that it fails to explain the steps to be taken between the different stages of the state’s evolution. In this way it is equally vague, if not more so, than liberalism. Giving control of the economic sphere to the government does not fix the issue of centralized wealth. Instead, the same monopoly of wealth that traditionalism and liberalism create is produced. Although Marxism has the innovation of having another step beyond the control of a large government, it fails to realize that with that centralized power, the mantras of traditionalism seep in. Once this large government, and its bureaucratic system, is in place, the dismantling of power and evolution to communism that Marx calls for is naïve. For this reason, in its real-world application, Marxism--usually practiced under the name of its goal, communism—tends to lead to a big, powerful state promising pluralism and equity. On the contrary, governments capable of the distribution power required of Marxism are so large and powerful that they become very autocratic. These authoritarian regimes then accumulate wealth for themselves while equally distributing the rest (not much) to the masses. In this way, Marxism and communism lead to loss of private property, rights, and liberties without receiving the benefits of social and economic equality. In other words, the actuality of Marxism and communism lead to a resurgence of traditionalism even though it hoped to progressive socially and monetarily.
Another ideology created...

Find Another Essay On Liberalism : The best we have

Should we have started the Iraq War?

907 words - 4 pages America put out the fires of September the 11th, and mourned our dead, and went to war, history has taken a different turn. We have carried the fight to the enemy. We are rolling back the terrorist threat to civilization, not on the fringes of its influence, but at the heart of its power.” He is saying that for years the terrorists attacked our country after they attacked and killed their own people. They believed that free nations like

The Mop We Have On Our Heads:

880 words - 4 pages world's first baby to be adopted by a corporation. His every waking moment is within the bubble world that has been created for him. His show is broadcast worldwide and is said to be the longest and most popular running TV show ever. Unbeknownst to him, his entire world is a fake. Everyone in his life are fake people. All of them are actors: his wife, his best friend, his neighbours, and his co-workers. Everybody is in on it, except for Truman

Do We Have Lifejackets in the Buzz?

1827 words - 8 pages until his death in 1953. Someone in Clark family sent him a check every month for seventy years. Mancel had been named after my grandfather, Mancel Sr. “It’s only about a block to my dock where Buzz is. We can all walk down and have a look,” Wilford said. “I’ll get Deb. I know she wants to come too,” I said. The photo of Buzz that hung on Dad’s wall in Santa Barbara had been taken in 1926 with Dad at the wheel. The majestic craft he drove on that

Euthanasia: We Have the Right to Die

1056 words - 4 pages ventilator is needed. They patient has the option of accepting or refusing the treatment. The patient could say to take off the ventilator and will eventually die, but it would take longer and would be more painful. It would have been better to have active euthanasia, where the death would have been quicker and painless. The patient wouldn’t have to suffer in agony for so long. The doctor is still taking an action that will cause the patient to die

‘The vocabulary we have does more than communicate our knowledge

1717 words - 7 pages Our vocabulary is the set of words and their meanings that we possess and are able to use. It is an instrument for verbal communication used to acquire knowledge through language, both written and oral. Our vocabulary allows us to spread information and communicate it not only to others but to ourselves. As a powerful tool that we often use to share and obtain knowledge, vocabulary, or lack thereof, will have an effect on our knowledge, but to

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace: How Far Have We Come?

1338 words - 5 pages Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace Outline Title: Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace: How Far Have We Come? Introduction: Define employment discrimination I. Pregnancy Discrimination Act A. Hiring B. Pregnancy and Maternity Leave C. Health Insurance II. Reasons for increase of complaints A. Staying in the workplace B. Productivity and economy C. Stereotypes III. Employers' concerns

Euthanasia: We All Have the Right to Die

1482 words - 6 pages property and we can do what we want with them, then if we choose to die that should be our right. A patient who would rather die than continue to live in an incapacitated or potentially painful state – someone whose life expectancy is limited anyway and whose quality of life is poor – should have the right to choose to die instead of being forced to suffer. However, the opposing side makes valid points based on the fact that external factors, such as

The "Baseball Salary Cap" and why we should have one

1028 words - 4 pages Baseball Salary CapBaseball. America's most passionate sport and pastime. But is it really what it used to be? Time and time again, we've heard the rumors about the players going on strike. Would this be the end of baseball? Why would there even be a strike? With all the long debates, it all boils down to the money. Everyone wonders why there's not a salary cap on baseball, but the other big sports (football, basketball, etc.) do have one. Why

Have We Made Progress? Disney Films through the Decades

2440 words - 10 pages because he finds her so beautiful. She does not have to think of a witty escape or physically defend herself to dodge death because the huntsman found her to be so beautiful. Third, at the climax of the movie, the dwarfs save Snow White by chasing the Queen off the mountain where she plunges to her death. Yet again, Snow White is not involved in the process of saving her own life. The dwarfs, little men who work in the nearby mine, are much more

The vocabulary we have does more than communicate knowledge. It shapes what we can know

1601 words - 7 pages , Whorf, studied the Hopi Indians. Whorf said that Hopi has “no words, grammatical forms, construction or expressions that refer directly to what we call ‘time’.” This sparked a huge debate among linguists as to whether the Hopi have a concept of time or not. This could have been a turning point in the study of Linguistic Relativity because if the Hopi actually had no concept of time then it would be a massive piece of evidence in support of the

Secrets. We Have Them, We Hide Them, but Can We Live With Them? Refers to "The scarlet letter" by Hawthorne

951 words - 4 pages Secrets. We Have Them, We Hide Them, but Can We Live With Them?Deception is defined by Webster's Dictionary as the art of misrepresentation. Throughout the history of mankind, the use of deception to promote oneself to a higher level, or to hide one's past, has been a common occurrence. In the novel The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne , Chillingworth and Dimmesdale both use deception to hide secrets from each other, and from the rest of

Similar Essays

The Friends We Have Essay

809 words - 4 pages of best friends, close friends, acquaintances, and frenemies: all of the friend types play a different role in our everyday lives and they each can teach us different things about ourselves and others. A best friend is someone that we could trust our life with. The best friend is just one person among all other friends that has all qualifications of a 'friend' over any other one. A best friend will never leave our side and will always have our

The World We Have Essay

732 words - 3 pages , which were written in his book named “The world we have” are some of the most pratical ways to protect our damaged environment. Thich Nhat Hanh, a 90 year-old monk, believes that the people within this earth are like sleepwalkers who are completely clueless about life. In the first chapter of his book“ The world we have” named” The bells of mindfulness”, he is warning people on the earth about those environmental issues. Also, he thinks that

Society Through The Ages: Have We Changed?

2458 words - 10 pages have willfully chosen his fate. Similarly, in Othello the characters would not have been as quick to take action on what they perceived was happening, and deaths might have been averted. The lessons in literature can also be directly applied to how we view our lives instead of solving a problem. We should always strive to present the best version of ourselves to those around us. Sometimes the repetitiveness gets to us, and we become complacent. In

We Have Always Lived In The Castle

1294 words - 6 pages In the story We have always lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson, the reader is presented with only one perspective and that is Mary Katherine "Merricat" Blackwood's point of view. While many aspect were present, the one that really stood out was that the Blackwood family does not appreciate change. Everything is preserved: objects, food, routines, rooms, etc. So, it is clear that when facing situations that cause