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Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas such as free and fair elections... , civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and private property.Liberalism first became a distinct political movement during the Age of Enlightenment, when it became popular among philosophers and economists in the Western world. Liberalism rejected the notions, common at the time, of hereditary privilege, state religion, absolute monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings. The 17th century philosopher John Locke is often credited with founding liberalism as a distinct philosophical tradition. Locke argued that each man has a natural right to life, liberty and property and according to the social contract, governments must not violate these rights. Liberals opposed traditional conservatism and sought to replace absolutism in government with representative democracy and the rule of law   more
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Conservatism as a political and social philosophy promotes retaining traditional social institutions. A person who follows the philosophies of conservatism is referred to as a traditionalist or conservative. Some conservatives seek to preserve thing... s as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were". The first established use of the term in a political context originated with François-René de Chateaubriand in 1818, during the period of Bourbon restoration that sought to roll back the policies of the French Revolution. The term, historically associated with right-wing politics, has since been used to describe a wide range of views. There is no single set of policies that are universally regarded as conservative, because the meaning of conservatism depends on what is considered traditional in a given place and time. Thus conservatives from different parts of the world—each upholding their respective traditions—may disagree on a wide range of issues   more
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Seido says2014-07-10T23:29:34.4223205-05:00
Kinda depends on the type of "liberalism" that you mean. Classical liberalism is actually what most conservatives and libertarians believe in nowadays. On the other hand, modern liberalism is usually what most democrats believe. If you wanted to phrase the question in a more understandable way, I'd suggest going with rightist conservatism vs. Leftist liberalism, or conservatism vs. Modern liberalism, or classical liberalism vs. Modern liberalism.
texans14 says2014-07-10T23:31:31.0952128-05:00
Yeah, I probably should've phrased it that way.
briantheliberal says2014-07-10T23:48:34.6868710-05:00
Well, I personally believe modern liberalism and progressive ideologies are right most of the time, especially on a social level. There is a reason it is most popular among developed civilizations, conservatism is not necessary in a progressing society, just look at the overwhelming majority of conservative countries, overwhelming poverty and violence, religious tyranny and lack of education. In America, conservatives are usually brainwashed by propaganda, especially when it comes to social issues.
dmussi12 says2014-07-11T00:05:52.1044801-05:00
I don't really want to pick a side because 'right' is so subjective. Evidence points both ways on a lot of issues. I'd say fiscally, conservatism is better but for individuals liberalism is.
debate_power says2014-07-22T12:02:37.7345057-05:00
I have my own ideology- It's founded on morality. The ideology changes based on what is most moral.

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