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    Both terms are ones charged with meaning, and are used perjoratively regularly (interestingly, I have been negged for being both, at seperate times). What do the terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' mean to you?
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    Oxymoron.
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    (Original post by Shaniqua)
    Oxymoron.
    I mean as seperate terms.
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    Conservative - Traditionalist.
    Liberal - Spineless.
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    So many jokes, so little time.
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    (Original post by LawBore)
    Both terms are ones charged with meaning, and are used perjoratively regularly (interestingly, I have been negged for being both, at seperate times). What do the terms 'liberal' and 'conservative' mean to you?
    A liberal is, on this side of the Atlantic at least, to be one who values individual liberty. Since the Americans have perverted that, they have latched on to the Libertarian label instead to describe the same thing - the only difference is that, being that the US is a solidly liberal society, 'Libertarian' has rather more extreme connotations in order to separate it from mainstream American liberalism.

    As for conservatism, that simply means being able to learn from the past and not to reject it on the grounds of some passing fancy or ridiculous ideological belief. It is about rejecting utopian nonsense when you hear it and instead believing in gradual and tested change.

    I would happily call myself a conservative liberal.
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    Conservative is behind the Zeitgeist, Liberal is ahead of it.
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    Hayek - Why I Am Not A Conservative

    In the last resort, the conservative position rests on the belief that in any society there are recognizably superior persons whose inherited standards and values and position ought to be protected and who should have a greater influence on public affairs than others. The liberal, of course, does not deny that there are some superior people - he is not an egalitarian - bet he denies that anyone has authority to decide who these superior people are. While the conservative inclines to defend a particular established hierarchy and wishes authority to protect the status of those whom he values, the liberal feels that no respect for established values can justify the resort to privilege or monopoly or any other coercive power of the state in order to shelter such people against the forces of economic change. Though he is fully aware of the important role that cultural and intellectual elites have played in the evolution of civilization, he also believes that these elites have to prove themselves by their capacity to maintain their position under the same rules that apply to all others.
    Where individual conservative parties work to liberalise economies we have common ground; but when they're blocking scientific progress, preventing people from marrying and propping up corrupt institutions in an appeal to tradition then we diverge.
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    Hayek - Why I Am Not A Conservative



    Where individual conservative parties work to liberalise economies we have common ground; but when they're blocking scientific progress, preventing people from marrying and propping up corrupt institutions in an appeal to tradition then we diverge.

    Touché.
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    (Original post by Shaniqua)
    Conservative - Traditionalist.
    Liberal - Spineless.
    So, beyond 'spineless', what does a 'liberal' believe?
    I'm sure that people will arrive at many different choices.
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    The Liberal/Conservative Left/Right system of naming things is completely inaccurate.
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    Conservative: Retroactive
    Liberal: Proactive

    Well, broadly speaking, that's what I infer from those words. But it really depends on the situation.
 
 
 
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