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Posted 5/27/14
This forum has lots of young people on it and most young people lean liberal, but I just want to see how conservatives fare here. And I am referring to the the social ideology brand of liberal or conservative, not economics or classical definitions.
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Posted 5/27/14 , edited 5/27/14
Considering the terms "liberal" and "conservative" vary between countries, and following blind ideologies usually isn't a good idea I prefer the term "independent thinker"
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Posted 5/27/14
With regard to social issues, and using the US definition of the terms "liberal" and "conservative" (which is what I assume I'm supposed to do), I rate myself as being "very liberal" overall. Paleoconservatives and Reactionaries tend to disagree fairly strongly with my social stances, as do Neoconservatives to a lesser degree given their camp's primary emphasis on foreign policy.
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Posted 5/27/14 , edited 5/27/14
I try to be open minded about both positions and I think certain aspects of liberalism are better and certain aspects of conservatism are better. I take each issue independently and try to see what works best for that issue instead of lumping all my beliefs on issues into a political category.
Posted 5/28/14
I think i'm neither, but i'm not knowledgeable about political stance and I don't really give a .... about politics. I just form my own ideas based on what I feel is right or the logical thing to do.

For example, I think all religions should be banned. But a lot of my ideas align with liberalism, such as secularism, separation of church and state and individual rights.

However, I disagree with everything from Conservatism. I dislike patriotism, and i'm definitely a non-conformist. I hate this idea of conformity... I need individualism and freedom to be who I am.
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Am not too sure what you meant by liberal and conservative my definition is that Liberal is basically that you want the government to solve all your problems (giving more power to the money wasters making us lasy) and conservative is more power to the people, make the people decide stuff and less power to the government and more to individuality (basically your self and giving us the mean to wreak our county).

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Posted 5/28/14 , edited 5/28/14
I used to be very liberal. As I got older, I've picked up slightly more middling to conservative views on some things, so I'd say just plain, ol' liberal. I like to think I'm independent minded, but people around me still like to label me as liberal, so I guess that's what I am.

All things considered, I think we need a balance of beliefs to get anything worthwhile accomplished.
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Posted 5/28/14
I discovered the world is a little too complex to fit into one of two belief systems. So neither.

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ryanbrown68 wrote:

Am not too sure what you meant by liberal and conservative my definition is that Liberal is basically that you want the government to solve all your problems (giving more power to the money wasters making us lasy) and conservative is more power to the people, make the people decide stuff and less power to the government and more to individuality (basically your self and giving us the mean to wreak our county).


We're specifically talking about the non-economic aspects of social policy for the purposes of this thread. Your critique is more centered upon economic aspects of social policy. Of interest would probably be policies on matters such as immigration/emigration, abortion, civil marriage, the extent of religious involvement in state matters, and so forth. I know, it's a limited way to look at social policy, but that seems to be what the OP wants here.

To clarify the terms a bit:

Using the US definition of the two terms a liberal social outlook is one which emphasizes equality, pluralism, and individualism while a conservative social outlook emphasizes social order, hierarchy, and tradition as a means for maintaining both. One might say that a conservative social order is structured and deliberate while a liberal social order would be egalitarian and free-flowing. The two groups might say of one another that the liberals are chaotic and reckless while the conservatives are rigid and stagnant.

Edit: There we go. Now it conveys my thinking very clearly.
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Posted 5/28/14
I have views that are both liberal and conservative, they are called my opinion after all. I don't consider myself as either, and has registered as independent, considering having only two terms to choose won't define a person for who they are beyond the few stereotypes tied to those ideologies.
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Posted 5/29/14 , edited 5/29/14
Socialist lol nowadays, especially in the U.S., Liberal and Conservative are usually used as a negative term so regardless of what an individual may actually be, they may not want to be called these terms
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Posted 5/29/14
Ban taxes* Not guns.

*There are so many ridiculous taxes that go to crappy things that I dont want to support like abortion clinics, and "art' scholarships, shows and museum pieces.

Taking my guns is taking my freedom to protect myself, when seconds matter the cops will be there in minutes, All ways be prepared.



There is a reason the Democrats have a donkey for a mascot.
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Kraisis wrote:

Ban taxes* Not guns.

*There are so many ridiculous taxes that go to crappy things that I dont want to support like abortion clinics, and "art' scholarships, shows and museum pieces.

Taking my guns is taking my freedom to protect myself, when seconds matter the cops will be there in minutes, All ways be prepared.



There is a reason the Democrats have a donkey for a mascot.


Don't look now, but the black helicopters just landed next to your place!

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SaintJames012 wrote:

Socialist lol nowadays, especially in the U.S., Liberal and Conservative are usually used as a negative term so regardless of what an individual may actually be, they may not want to be called these terms
Personally I think of the word conservative itself as an insult. I truly don't comprehend why someone would willingly label themselves as that. Conservatives like to stick to policies that have been made long ago, never adapting to change and maintaining an order that is already obsolete and outdated. Change happens its inevitable and without the willingness or resourcefulness to adapt and persevere you're just going to fall by the wayside. That's why old people tend to be more conservative. And don't get me started on religion; have your own gods or whatever and worship how you want but quit being a follower to someone else's agenda justified by limp noodle sky daddy.

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Posted 5/30/14 , edited 8/15/15
I consider myself a conservative, but to the point that I believe that ANY government involvement in ANY aspect of my personal life is unneeded and unnecessary with few exceptions such as some road, health, and laws concerning criminal acts (which do not actually affect my personal life, merely serve as safeguards to protect the public).

The government is there to protect and serve its citizens, with some foreign politics to ensure that our country stays protected and promote world and local economy. Not to tell me that I need to give over 35% of my money so they can waste it on a military I don't want in pathetic wars for nothing.
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