Liberal vs Conservative
If you are an enthusiastic observer of world politics, you need to know the difference between liberal and conservative to enhance your knowledge. There are many philosophies and definitions about the types of thinking of people and their views towards life and other things. Both liberals and conservatives have different views and affiliations towards different aspects of life and day-to-day interactions. Liberals and conservatives have different ideas, perspectives and views on political, social and economical aspects. Liberal and conservative ideologies are two different ideologies that exist in our society and have been there since the start of the society. Let us take a look at what these values exactly depict and what these values exactly are.
What does Liberal mean?
Being liberal means being free and having personal rights and equal rights. A person who is liberal is someone who is free to ideas and open to new ideas to progress. A liberal person focuses on individual rights and is considered to be pretty broad minded. A liberal person is independent, does not demand control on others, and are very optimistic. Liberals favour more of public sectors and hold of government. Liberals have a very democratic view towards political issues. Liberals think that the society is a collective responsibility of the government.
What does Conservative mean?
People who have conservative values and believes, are those who are very traditional and do not like much change in the routines that are being followed since ages. They value their principles, actions and habits and believe in individual responsibility. Conservatives favour more of private sectors and minimum government interference. Conservatives are inclined towards the socialism and communism point of political governance. Conservatives believe that everyone is responsible for themselves and their betterment lie in their own hands. Conservatives are not too keen on sudden, rapid and big changes and are considered to be of classical views.
What is the difference between Liberal and Conservative?
• Liberals are not authoritative or authoritarians; they do not want to take charge or control of others.
• Liberals are not orthodox or traditional and they are open to changes and are tolerant towards changes in life, society, culture or morals.
• Whereas conservative people are not open to the idea of new changes much because they believe in old traditions and customs. They have firm believes in their traditional norms and values and have a strong believe in religion and faith.
• Conservatives oppose to change whereas liberals favor change.
• Liberals think that the government should be responsible for everything, create equal opportunities for all, and think that the government should tackle all the issues of a society. Conservatives think that the government should give people freedom so that they can achieve personal goals without government’s interference. The liberals want the government to control our lives and conservatives want minimum involvement to the government in every aspect, whether it is socials, cultural, economical or political.
• Liberals try to improve their problems with social engineering and conservatives try to improve the problem themselves.
The values, beliefs and viewpoints are totally different from each other but still liberal and conservative coexist in the society side by side. Everyone is entitled to freedom of views and express what they believe in and act upon them.
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Tyrone Lamoureux says
whoever wrote this was a conservative, for sure. Libs don’t want to “Control” your life, they see that there are social mechanics involved in a society which cause certain symptoms, and they believe that by engaging in the society collectively along with the people using their tools etc. that they can help ease the struggle etc. that the everyday individual has to struggle against. A conservative believes that every man is capable of overcoming these obstacles, when in reality, that isn’t the case. Therefore, I see being a conservative, as not caring if they leave a man behind.
proud american says
Actually, liberals do try to control your life, their philosophy is they know better than you, so you have to do what they say. If 99.999% of the population is happy, thats too bad because .001% isnt, so everyone else has to suffer. And if they dont get their way they slander and insult instead of using logic, because they are incapable of using logic or they wouldnt think the way they do.
Stop Controlling Me says
Whoever wrote this canNOT be a conservative as Tyrone believes. What conservative would write this “Conservatives are inclined towards the socialism and communism point of political governance”?
Conservatives believe in limited government to prevent mismanagement, misjudgment and corruption of a centralized control structure. Communistic and Socialistic ideologies both rely on government control (or they would say “planning”) of all parts of society. This includes the means of production, the economy, healthcare, self protection, housing, food. Nothing could be further from the conservative ideology.
There are many other issues with this DB entry by olivia. Too many to recount in one posting. (“Conservatives oppose to change whereas liberals favor change”… oh please!)
Al Thompson, R.E.A., C.E.I. says
Tristan Greenwall says
R u stupid big govt is control…,
Right wing is the kid who listens to the teacher, does his homework every night and values good manners and knows what he wants out of life and works through obstacles to get it.
Will probably have a relationship with someone of the opposite sex, open a savings account and drink once a week or less. Take their kids on holiday once a year, save up and buy and own their own house one day. Cry behind closed doors and smile in public for the most part. Probably get married before having children. Children will probably be taught to say please and thank you and be the same race as the parents.
Left wing is the defensive, lazy, ‘cool’ kid who messes about in class, expects to get life for free and wins the respect of other dossers by proclaiming his selflessness for being left wing when not really understanding anything at all or being particularly philanthropic. Will probably never accomplish much, probably won’t get a degree, probably never got smacked as a child and whines about trivial rubbish and hangs out with similar people. This includes people with facial piercings and gays and homeless people, people who dye their hair blue and get tattoos. This is the Left wing.
Jonathan Schaefer says
You leave NO ROOM for moderate democrats and moderate Republicans. That is a huge problem with conservatives today. YOU are the ones who believe everyone should THINK just like you. Doesn’t that seem unreasonable? It does, if you THINK about it.
Maybe there is a difference in other countries. I’m in the U.S. and the definition of Conservative has a big error. … “Conservatives favour more of private sectors and minimum government interference. Conservatives are inclined towards the socialism and communism point of political governance….”
Conservatives hate the concept of socialism and communism. We want to be free to create our own business’ without interference by government.
This description is idiotic. In the United States, conservatives believe in our Constitution and its original intent. Conservatives believe in small government and individual liberty. With that liberty comes the responsibility for one’s own actions and that individuals should benefit from the fruits of their own labor, not the labor of others. Conservatives believe in equality of opportunity not a quality of outcome.
Liberals believe that our Constitution is a living breathing document they can be interpreted to suit their wants. Liberals believe the government should control the quality of outcome. To achieve this they believe in a large government that should intervene in society to solve “collective” problems by taking the fruits of some peoples labor and distributing it to who they choose. It follows that to have the power to transfer wealth, The government does control property, the means of production, and the monetary system. That by definition is socialism.
Alice Grant says
That a lie about Liberals don’t want to control others. OBAMA is a liberal and wants CONTROL OF EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING.
Jack O'linmoko says
Whoever wrote this must be a Liberal idiot. A total mixed up!
Did you see the last sentence this writer wrote under Liberal ” Liberals think that the society is a collective responsibility of the government”. Also, everyone should have equal rights and personal rights. So you had acquired a Nike shoes and I must acquire a Nike shoes also. This is controlling and communism ideas.
No conservatives would want any Government interference or equality. The conservatives wants to work hard and prosper on their own without any responsibilities from a government. If you had acquired more than the others, it’s because you had worked hard to get there. If you are lazy, it’s too bad. You can’t get good things from a big pot unless you move your ass to get from it as well. Unlike Liberals, they want equality and run by governments which is a socialism and communism.
The writer should do more reseach between these two politics.
Jennifer Olmo says
I pray for you all …the conservatives, the liberals, right wingers, left wingers, we are all ONE human race from all walks of life people. With one common goal and that is to live life in this physical realm as we know it. But passing judgment to others based on their social status or political views is in ethically & morally wrong. Just because we don’t agree on certain topics does not make you a better person. Just because you were born w/ a silver spoon in your mouth w/ a perfect upbringing & married into the same race – does not make you a good person or least to say an AMERICAN. You can be a successful entrepreneur living in a skyscraper wearing your over priced clothes or you can be a store clerk living in a humble home w/ hand me downs, you are no different in the eyes of God. Not everyone is born into a healthy environment w/ a loving family. Not everyone is born w/ the resources they need to succeed in life, but God planted the seed of love in our hearts to overcome these barriers.
Come down off your high horse because none of that matters. Change the way you view the world , reconsider your values, and your intent towards others. Tap into your heart and everything falls into place. Its your actions that are shaping the future of our planet and actions speak louder than words. Once you re-evaluate yourself you will see that these primary characteristics is what validates your worth & who you truly are. If you show love, compassion, generosity & extend a helping hand to your fellow neighbor, you will live a long healthy life and its not too late to change! Just remember, If you are one of those people that were born with a silver spoon, had a great upbringing with both parents and life was just perfect, GOOD FOR YOU! But please don’t pass judgment on those who are less fortunate. That makes you a jerk, someone who is shallow, vain, and self- absorbed. Life is unforgiving and things can change in an instant, don’t live your life w/ regrets. So when I hear people like you expressing your opinions on same-sex marriage & political issues, the message is very clear under the silver-lining, you need a wake-up call. Good luck!
Long live, Jennifer Olmo! You are a believer and the Holy Spirit indwells you. Let’s rejoice in the Lord!
The problem here is people think liberal means democrat and republican means conservative when there are conservative democrats and liberal Republicans and they get confused as to what each means an represents .
One can’t permanently identify liberal or conservative viewpoints because they change with time. Therefore the labels tend to applied to one’s views on specific matters. it does seem that people tend to fall in one group or the other but that’s often because politicians or social leaders tend to sort people in those manners in order to control them. Many people also try to raise their status by declaring themselves as such. Conservatives do tend to conserve more old values and liberals do tend to adopt more new ideas but we all really do a lot of each. Politicians and other leaders though try to show their own intelligence by mocking those with other beliefs.