I'm a proud Liberal, I don't think there's a Conservative bone in my body- but I'm not sure I believe in "the essential goodness of the human race". In spite of all we have "acheived", I think we're weak little monkeys who are prone to follow. I guess I'm a misanthrope, maybe.
On 9/9/07, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
According to Merriam-Webster:
CONSERVATISM: disposition in politics to preserve what is established b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change
3 : the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change
LIBERALISM: a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard c :
a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil
tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions
LIBERAL: 5 : BROAD-MINDED
not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
Is it this simple to truly define? Probably not entirely. But if one were to use these definitions as a guideline, your first assessment (as in upholders of Communism in China being the Conservatives) would make the most sense.
On 9/9/07, Maude <[address removed]> wrote:
Ah, I possibly stand corrected. From the definition, then liberalism would be inherently leftist. Perhaps we could agree though, that the factions liberalism intends to, uh, "liberate" for lack of a better word, transitions throughout time as different groups become visible? Is that a fair take on it?
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