The Post-Liberal Future?
After all these years, is the WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democrat-voting) worldview held by the media, the entertainment industry, and the academy (at minimum, and completely ignoring government) about to come crashing down on the rocky shoals of reality?
While the above link was written from a British point-of-view (which I have quasi-Americanized for this post), alterations to the WEIRD worldview (also known as the secular liberal baby boomer worldview) won’t be driven by the mere debt-driven collapse of the welfare-state which has produced… other problems:
The problem for the left has not so much been “rights without responsibilities” as rights without the relationships that help sustain them.
Problems? What problems? And relationships? Really?
Consider this as background:
Most traditional societies are “sociocentric,” meaning they place the needs of groups and institutions first. Today most rich societies are “individualistic,” making society a servant of the individual.
In other words, we’re seeking personal peace and affluence, as Francis Schaeffer—and Boston—told us.
So what is post-liberalism, and is it a solution?
Post-liberalism… [is] to consider where the social glue comes from in a fragmented society. To that end, it acknowledges authority and the sacred as well as suffering and injustice. It recognises the virtues of particular loyalties—including nations—rather than viewing them as prejudices. And it seeks to apply these ideas to the economic as well as the social sphere.
Post-liberalism sounds like traditional liberalism—that is, Christian liberalism—as opposed to the liberalism of today.
Back to the future or déjà vu… again? Not so fast.
Much of this goes against the grain of an increasingly WEIRD and legalistic politics…
One of the many lessons in the WEIRD worldview is that far easier to campaign, preach, proclaim, and pose than it is to govern. Although I make such an observation with President Obama specifically in mind, it can apply to almost any candidate.
Life tends to favor those who do well versus those who wish us well… or worse, those who decree we will be well.
Broccoli, anyone? It’s good for you…