Liberals and Conservatives in five words or less

October 19th, 2010

A friend asked me to sum up the philosophies of the two major strains of politics in this country in a single sentence. And after a brief conversation we settled on the following:

Liberals: “I know better than you.”

Conservatives: “Leave me the hell alone.”

I am well aware when it comes to fundamentally religious conservatives and some social issues you could reverse those two statements, sildenafil online but I’m sticking to my assessment in terms of overall philosophies in general.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Debunked  |  October 19th, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I wasn’t aware we had liberals or conservatives as major strains of politics in this nation.

    What we do have are moderates and neo-cons.

  • 2. Nick  |  October 19th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Sorry Elliot, but that list of “some” social issues is pretty big. And even then, it’s not just social issues.

    Conservatives defend Medicare (and expanded it with Part D) and Social Security. Conservatives created NCLB because they know better how to teach your kids than parents do in the local school boards.

    Conservatives love to tell you what you can and cannot say on television (FCC) and how you can and can’t spend your money in politics (McCain – Feingold).

    Conservatives want to control what you can put into your body, who you can have sex with and who you can marry. They also will tell you that you shouldn’t gamble (unless it’s state controlled of course).

    Shall I go on?

    Here’s the basic rub. All those things that Conservatives also think they know better on… they create government bureaucracy and agencies to fight them. That is an enabler for Liberals to do the same thing, and use the same power structure for their pet peeves.

    So apologizing for Conservative attacks on personal freedom helps nobody in the end.

  • 3. Rustmeister  |  October 19th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Both Conservatives and Liberals are afraid Libertarians are going to take over and leave everybody alone.

  • 4. Elliot  |  October 19th, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I’ve leaned Libertarian since my Sophomore year in college (the first vote I ever cast was for a Libertarian), but as I’ve gotten older I’ve grown doubtful that a truly libertarian society could actually function. Human nature is too dark.

    I think I’m now more of a Minimalist than a Libertarian.

  • 5. Rustmeister  |  October 19th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Same here, the hardcore “Big L” libertarians are kinda nuts.

  • 6. John Foust  |  October 20th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Minimalist? If you think libert-topia isn’t possible, shouldn’t you also understand how minimalism might also eventually lead to government growth as well as a Halibut Commission?

  • 7. grumps  |  October 21st, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I’ll have to take six words Elliott, but I think I can steal the right six to explain the difference.

    Two legs good. Four legs better.

  • 8. Elliot  |  October 21st, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I love that book!

    Of course, I always interpret it in the light of the Communist Revolution in Russia. (Though discovering that Orwell was a socialist confused the hell out of me.)

  • 9. grumps  |  October 22nd, 2010 at 10:51 am

    The optimistic part that Orweel left out is, that if you believe Mosca and Pareto, the chickens will have already started their insurgency by the end of the book.

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