Liberalism and Postmodernism

Liberalism is the ideology of individualism and the freedoms associated with people’s rational and uninhibited nature. It is founded on the belief that individuals’ have a natural right to follow their own goals as well as uphold their liberty, as long as such pursuit does not injure other people or infringe on their freedom (Burchill, 2012). Liberalism is beneficial to an individual and the community in that it fosters freedom and respect for human rights. Moreover, it strives for equality, builds an interactive community where all members can participate freely for its betterment. Further, it fosters population diversity, whereby everyone is put onboard in spite of race, sexuality, or religion.

However, liberalism may lead to economic difficulty, especially where the government exercises excessive state control of the economy thus affecting foreign investment. Further, liberalism is seen to accept certain unhealthy and morally objectionable practices and issues, such as prostitution and homosexuality. Besides, too much government bureaucracy in the system may lead to excessive social protection, which may harm the overall economy as more people choose to stay on welfare instead of joining the workforce (Burchill, 2012). 

Postmodernism is viewed as being compatible with liberalism as people strive to recreate themselves in a bid to triumph in the market place (Patterson, 2014). The two ideologies tend to support the capitalism and wealth creation. Moreover, liberalism and postmodernism lead to deconstruction and anti-foundationalism thus undermining morality and social order. However, unlike liberalism, postmodernism bases freedom of speech as enforced neutrality, whereby people should not believe in anything that offends others with that applying to the converse. Further, proponents of liberality, unlike those of postmodernism tend to propose their own viewpoints as opposed to listening to others outside their school of thought (Patterson, 2014).


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