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Conservative Liberals

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This is a new community for self-described liberals who believe in conservative values.

For some strange reason there has been an effort to misrepresent the words "conservative" and "liberal" as being somehow polar opposites and incompatible, which they are not. In fact, very often the people describing themselves as liberal or conservative may, in fact, support things that disagree with the definitions of those words.

conservative

\Con*serv"a*tive\, n.

1. One who, or that which, preserves from ruin, injury, innovation, or radical change; a preserver; a conserver.

2. One who desires to maintain existing institutions and customs; also, one who holds moderate opinions in politics; -- opposed to revolutionary or radical.


liberal

\Lib"er*al\,

1. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry.

2. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.


People are more complex than simple, broad definitions. On some issues a person may seem liberal and on others not, and the same goes for conservative.

To some this may seem unimportant, but I believe that accuracy in terms is actually very important, and that many cultures foolishly perpetuate misunderstandings that could be easily corrected with dialog.

Conservationists are often described as being liberals, but they are by definition conservative. Many politicians who are described as conservative actually advocate reform, which would make them by definition politically liberal.

It should be noted that this is not a place for trolling, flame wars, spam, etc. and such posts will be deleted and offending users banned from posting.

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