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 Liberalism is indeed a significant ideal, but are we, as human beings, equipped to follow any ideal, let alone liberalism? The history of liberalism, has seen the ideals of liberalism, changed many times. At one time, liberalism was followed in one manner. When people took the principles, then, of liberalism in a literal manner, and manipulated the meaning of liberalism, as if the meaning of liberalism was etched in stone, and could be open to interpretation, then conflict arose, between different interests in society. What are the basic tenets of liberalism? What exactly does liberalism mean? This question, cannot be answered, because people have charted the path of liberalism differently, at different times, because those who followed liberalism, differed with others who followed liberalism. Is a person a liberal, by practice, or by inclination, or by any other means? Liberalism never did justice to itself, because people defined liberalism, and hence were un-liberal to themselves, and to their ideal. Liberalism, if I may make the same error of judgment, is to be considerate to others, and to yourself, equally.

 Adam Smith, the great philosopher/economist, made some great and significant contributions to liberal thought, but it was found later, that his thought pertained to the times in which he lived. He mentions that democracy is significant, because it measures the views of the many, to the views of the few, but, today, the few, are not so few in number, and not heeding their voice, is a practice which is injurious to the state of the majority. One cannot heed the voices of many, and not heed the voices of the not so many, because the tables may be turned in a short time in a democracy, and the voices of many, may be misconstrued as the voices of the few. Also, what we see as the voices of the few, may be the voice of the majority, in the future.

 Can we say, that the relative worth of the citizen, to his society, is to be measured by how goods are distributed to him? Will any person agree to this measure of his worth, especially, if he has no, or very few goods and services accruing to him? He may feel, that he should increase his worth to society, in a way, which does justice to him. What is the concept of value, to the individual, and to society? Our government in India, sees the prosperity of our nation, by the number of goods and services produced by our manufacturing units. So, we in India, celebrate in the numbers of our growth rate. I believe, that the numbers are both accurate, and inaccurate. Is the level of poverty really being eradicated at the rate of 8% per annum? Can the poor, who live below the poverty line, be elevated to the level of the middle class? The people who are being elevated to the middle class, are as fortunate as those who belonged to the middle class earlier. Is Indian society really liberal, except to the individual self? There is a disconnect, as to how the individual sees himself, and how he sees others in society. Is the government helpless, in helping those, who cannot help themselves? Perhaps, a meeting of minds has to be brought about. in society. One section of society cannot say that it is liberal, and others are not. The argument sounds like a pious religious man being branded a fundamentalist, because he sees others as irreligious. Surely, the liberal, and the fundamentalist, have the same end as goal, because they act in a similar manner.


Written by discussionofviews

June 1, 2010 at 6:14 am

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