Although, with alI the good things that liberalist defend for, I also think there should be a measure into how much of liberty a certain right should have. That is mostly because equality doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone should have the same things but more of a moderation type of measure towards everyone. While one is more restricted than another, I think it would be hard for a whole country to just stand on just one ideal for a long period of time. Because, since most of the country has already been exposed to both, most would prefer to have more of a liberal life style because people feel that they are entitled to do so. As I stated before, democrats are liberal and stand for people 's individual rights and republicans stand for a conservative government (Guide pg.
These differences in base beliefs have an enormous effect on their ideas of the role of government. Liberals believe that the government should provide for and help people. By providing for the people they believe that it will create a level of equality between all classes. Liberals also believe that it is the government’s job to be involved in the nation’s social problems and guide change. For liberals it all culminates in the belief for a larger, more involved government.
When it comes to political affiliation, there is always the discussion of conservatives compared to liberals. Currently the U.S. is much divided between those who are liberals and those who are conservatives. Conservatives are described as being disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change. Conservatives believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong national defense. Conservative policies generally emphasize empowerment of the individual to solve problems.
In understanding both ideologies, it is imperative to have an understanding of classical liberalism. Classical liberalism was built on ideas from the seventeenth ... ... middle of paper ... ...ould harm it, while conservatives tend to oppose things such as the Clean Air Act for monetary reasons. Conservatives tend to support smaller government while liberals tend to want a larger government. Even though there are many differences between the two ideologies they both derived from classical liberalism. Some individuals refer to classical liberalism as the “best of both worlds” ideology.
Throughout the Populists’ many reform movements, liberal aspects to be skeptical towards power and individualistic suitably fit with them. Their goal was to bring about change that would meet standards that would bring about a sense of fairness and equality to all in the nation during the period of rapid industrialization. Fairness and equality would hinder the assault of corruption against the common man. Through their liberal movements as a political party, the Populists did bring about certain changes such as the 16th and 17th Amendments as well as the congressional power to regulate interstate commerce that majority of Americans have come to accept today. As their name states, the Populists renewed the sense that in democracy, the majority rules.
First of all it ensures public accountability. This gives the people a degree of protection against governments becoming too strong. Liberals believe in limited government, and democracy provides this system, as the government is accountable to the people. Although most liberals would agree that government is essential in order to defend the rights of the people, it can also be seen as a threat to individual liberty, so people need some form of protection against it. According to John Stuart Mill, ‘the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilised community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others’.
The implications of liberals believing in this statement are that they believe that rational individuals should want to sign up to a social contract to establish a sovereign government. Individuals would want to do this because life before government was endless civil war, with life being; solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. Life would be this way because individuals are selfish, greedy and power seeking. Therefore rational beings would enter into a social contract and sacrifice a portion of their liberty to set up a system of law; this would prevent the otherwise inevitable: property and lives being under constant threat. Seventeenth century writer John Locke said “Where there is no law there is no freedom.”
Living in the United States some people may forget how closely our political perspectives are to each other relative to those of foreign countries. While there are many political views and stances that an individual might take on any given topic, generally people in the United States fall into one of three categories: liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. Keep in mind that most people will not support all of the ideals of their advocated faction, but they must support the vast majority of them. People that fall into the liberal category believe that the government should have the goal of equality providing opportunity for its entire people and that a strong central government is needed to keep order because people are not inherently good. Additionally, liberals are more willing to give up their rights with the good of the country in mind than either of the other two mentioned groups.
The shift to the left and the right can be explained by the social changes and recent government actions that have caused disagreement about what the government should be accomplishing (“Hopkins 72”). Polarization has made the fundamental differences in how liberals and conservatives believe they should handle different issues more obvious to the general public. Two of the most controversial issues today are abortion and gay marriage, these two issues alone can be seen as creating polarization. The reason people use these two issues to point out the problem with polarization is because consistent liberals agree with each other on both issues and consistent conservatives agree with each other, but the majority of American’s do not align with one party on both issues. According to an article “Turned Off or Turned On?
Conservatives, tend to be partisans of the Republican Party while liberals in their majority tend to be partisans of the Democrat party, but that does not mean that you cannot be a liberal and be part of the Republican Party or vice versa. It is important to learn the main ideas of these two ideologies in order to understand how the political system in the United States works and to fully