Conservative vs. liberal

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Numerous differences exist between conservatives and liberals. This article compares the two ideologies.

Liberalism and conservatism are two opposing ideologies of two different words, one of which is much smoother with its "-ism" suffix. While there are no definitive or official texts for either, it is usually believed that liberalism connotes the belief that new is always better than old and that history is irrelevant to the present, while conservatism states just the opposite.[1] It could also be described that liberalism is the force of change, and conservatism is the force of preservation.[2] However, in a society in which very much change is the spread of perverted beliefs, diminishing morals, and deceptive indoctrination, it can be that liberalism is the belief which supports such things, and conservatism that which seeks to keep peace and righteousness, even if that does become the change that occurs.[3]

Both sides, as ideologies, enjoy claiming to be the force of reason.


Liberalism, if it is all the ideology that supports change, has no consistent ideals throughout history, but this does not bother it, as it generally ignores history. Identifying its particulars cannot be done based on the literal meaning of the word, "the belief in freedom," because in the present context, liberals often suppress freedom of speech, freedom of the Second Amendment, and in the case of recent judicial activism, the freedom to use executive powers granted by the Constitution and to fulfill one's duty to protect one's country. While the drafters of the Constitution are often regarded as liberals, as they were in support of change and freedom, their ideology is often in conflict with the liberals of today. See: Liberalism, Liberal

Liberal values

In a present context, liberals believe that lawful citizens' possession of firearms is more responsible for violence than violent movies. They believe, in the face of statistics,[4] that women still face discrimination in education and thus in the world. They believe that any disagreement with a black person, woman, Asian, or gay, is racism, sexism, or homophobia, (but not the same to a white, or a man) and that homosexuality is as legitimate as race or gender. See: Liberal values


Conservatives often wished to be defined as something other than the opposition to the more visible force of liberalism, not to be the background on which it occurs. If conservatism were to define itself as an ideology, it would likely related to certain more defined ones, such as the Judeo-Christian ideology taught by the Bible, the idea of classical liberalism as supported by Socrates and Plato but not Aristotle, and the principles of such men as the modern conservatives Edmund Burke, William F. Buckley, Jr., or the scholarly Christian ancients St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas.[5] Yet, lacking in a scholarly and documented ideology, the epithet conservative is applied to such differently minded people as Rush Limbaugh, C.S. Lewis, Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly, and the staff of Fox News.[6] See: Conservative

Conservative values

Conservatives generally support religion, particularly Christianity in the United States, capitalism and the free market, and the right to bear arms. Conservatives typically believe that the only couples that can bear children are those of a man and a woman, and that thus the union between them is sacred.[7] To conservatives, who believe true science*, gender in humans is determined by the presence or lack of a Y-chromosome.[8][9] They also support chunky peanut butter and because they have truth and machismo.[10] See: Conservative values

See also


  1. "Liberalism." Encyclopædia Britannica, 17th edition.
  2. The American Collegiate Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, 1959.
  3. Buckley, William F. Up From Liberalism. William F. Buckley, Jr. is often considered a leading conservative authority.
  4. Feeney, Nolan. "Women are Now More Likely to Have College Degrees than Men." TIME Magazine.
  5. "Liberalism." The Great Conversation. Great Books of the Western World, 2. Britannica.
  6. "The 100 People the Left Hates Most." TIME magazine.
  7. Walsh, Matt. "Yes, Gay Marriage Hurts Me Personally." Warning: contains harsh expletives in quoting an attack by a liberal.
  8. "MasteringBiology." Pearson.
  9. "Genetics 101: All About DNA."
  10. Conservative. Essay: Richard Dawkins and peanut butter.