Individual Resistance #6 Must the rejection of Liberalism include the establishment of a Totalitarian regime? Hannah M. Lacey P. Humanities 30-1 Mr. Kabachia
Rejecting Liberalism Germany is an example of desperate citizens, who are willing to give up liberalism in order to regain a powerful country they once were. The people trusted their government enough to give up their rights and freedoms. Many did not know about the horrific plans Hitler had in order to regain their countries power. Germany in WWII was one of the most memorable totalitarian regimes. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, we saw a slight rejection of liberalism, this was the rejection of competition. This country has struggled for many years to regain stability and security for its people. Howeverin order to do so, they had to sacrifice economic growth. This lead to major poverty because imports and exports were so low during their conflict with Rwanda. These two examples had both rejected some aspect of liberalism. The people of Germany were just more willing to give up more than the people of DRC. This ended up have greater consequences then those of Germany.
Not all countries that have rejected liberalism have established a totalitarian regime. It is was aspects of liberalism that is being rejected that could lead to this outcome. Individual rights and freedoms is a major part of life where as competition is a part of life we choose to have.
Multiple perspectives Many people in society have different opinions about the extent of the rejections of liberalism. Some people may feel that rejecting any aspects of liberalism could cause dysfunction in the country. They believe that society should not have to sacrifice their believed values in order for the government to benefit from their losses. These people believed that countries were only functional if all aspects of the principles of liberalism were maintained. Although the principles of liberalism are important for a country to further, some may believe that there is some leniency towards specific principles. In many countries, rejections of liberalism is a common aspect of their government without the country being under a totalitarian regime. If a principle of liberalism, such as competition or private property, is rejected, the country’s consequences of rejecting these principles would not have as significant impact as it would if the country rejected individual rights and freedoms.