Friday, December 28, 2012
LearnLiberty: Antony Davies: Who Favors More Freedom, Liberals or Conservatives?: How Both Liberalism and Conservatism is About Protecting Individual Freedom
One of the things I don't like about American politics is that it tries to take complicated issues and. Philosophies and tries to divide them into two factions, as if those factions are in sink on all of. The issues and that the left and right is only made up to two political factions that agree on. Everything and all of the issues even though we do have a left and a right and so does every other country. At least in the Democratic World but the left and right are basically just the two ends of the political spectrum. But both sides of the political spectrum have multiple and diverse factions on both sides, its not just. About Liberal vs Conservative but the left and the right where the left is made up of more then just. Liberals but the left has Progressive/Social Democrats or even Democratic Socialists and the left. Has people who describe their politics as Socialist-Liberal or Socialist-Libertarian, people who. Are Socialist or Progressive on economic and perhaps foreign policy but Liberal-Libertarian on social issues. Whereas the right has Conservatives or Conservative-Libertarians but they have people who are. More classically Libertarian and they have people who are Neoconservative, people who maybe Conservative. On economic policy but more Statist on social issues and foreign policy.
So left vs right is not just about Liberal vs Conservative and Liberals and Conservatives at least Liberals and Conservatives. In a classical sense generally don't view themselves as Liberal vs Conservative in the sense that. They are enemies but competitors who have competing political ideologies but not out to destroy. The other side and they also have more in common then I believe Americans tend to think and they both. Have the same goals and see their philosophy as the best to achieve their goals which is individual freedom. For all Americans the ability to chart ones own course in life and be able to live their own lives. As they see fit as long as they aren't hurting innocent people with what they are doing, which is one. Example why Liberals and Conservative-Libertarians hate the War on Drugs to use as an example. We both believe in economic freedom as well as social freedom, we both believe in limited government. And a limited foreign policy and national security that our military can't be everything for everybody. And that it should be limited to protecting our own national interests and helping others that deserve it. When we can but that we can't do everything.
Where Liberals and Conservatives tend to differ is governments role in helping people who can't take. Care of themselves and need a hand up to be able to do that, Conservatives tend to be more hawkish. On foreign policy and Liberals tend to be more internationalist but we both believe in limited government. And fiscal responsibility but Liberals and Conservatives are the two dominant political factions in America. Center left and center right where most Americans tend to be on one side or the other rather then. Being far left or far right.