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What is Post-Industrialism and which ideology is best for organising a Post-industrial society?

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What is Post-Industrialism and which ideology is best for organising a Post-industrial society? Post-industrialism is defined as mass action by industrial workers, which are no longer feasible. The system bases the entire economy on the mass industrial working classes which is folly and eventually will led to a world of extinction e.g. USSR, Africa and the Middle East, South America, U.K. under 'Old' Labour. It is a system whereby, capitalism is no longer based on skilled workers, but knowledge workers employed in small units therefore individualism, information skills and flexibility must be encouraged- education, education and education to produce a 'smart' workforce. This is a form of an ideology called 'the third way' under the 1st core idea that socialism is dead'. Post-industrialisation promotes the advanced economies i.e. North America, Western Europe, 'Asian Tigers'. They no longer rely on factory production as the main generator of wealth. They now rely on know ledged based industries which include I.T, media, financial services, consultancy, banking and investment. The best ideology for organising a post-industrial society is the 'third way', which is the 'modernised' social democracy. ...read more.

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Liberalism on the other hand has simply downgraded the public good idea due to egoistic and selfish behaviour. Both third way and neoliberlism have agreed on the economic ideas however they contrast with the moral and social ethics as the third way rejects the physiological basis. Market fundamentalism promotes a danger in providing a set-to undermines society's moral foundations. The Blair project in the U.K, which is a version of the third way, tries to combine both liberal ideas with the ideas of communitarians. This combination process produces a new branch of liberalism a 'New Liberalism' known as Communitarian Liberalism. Communitarian Liberalism cornerstone belief is that both rights and responsibilities balance each other out. This opinion is the foundation of a 'new' individualism, which endorses autonomy by emphasises that individuals operate independently. From this point of view, both neoliberalism and social democracy have maximised the rights not responsibilities like social and welfare rights. Therefore third way politics attempts to correct a 'responsibility deficit' in society. The third belief of the third way is a consensus view of society, which contrasts to socialisms conflicting views of society. ...read more.

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The third way supports the idea of competition. A competition state beckons on the role to follow strategies for national prosperity in conditions of global competition. Therefore the state has the ability to contemplate on social investment, which means improving the economy and most essentially, reinforcing the skills and knowledge of the country's workforce. This is a move towards the 'supply side' whereby attempts to develop competitiveness and enhance production, rather than social democrats who advance towards the 'demand side' which attempts to reach the goal to increase consumption and erase poverty. The government's main priority should be education rather than social security. As education brings out personal development, which is a modern liberal view and promotes employability and benefits the economy, which is a classical liberal view, it should be valued. Therefore from this viewpoint, the government is a fundamental body, which aims to value skills, beliefs, and knowledge rather than carry out a social engineering and/or economic programme. In conclusion, (with these points in mind) the best ideology to uphold and structure post-industrialisation is the third way with its economic beliefs and rights for individuals. It not only allows equal opportunity but full employability, welfare-to-work, rights and responsibilities, meritocracy, globalization, information society and last but not least a market state. ...read more.

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