View Poll Results: What is conservatism?

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  • It's about being reactionary and authoritarian with a social agenda.

    5 17.24%
  • It's about smaller government and/or lower taxes.

    21 72.41%
  • It's about individual liberty.

    21 72.41%
  • It's about capitalism.

    19 65.52%
  • It's (also?) about something else which I will explain.

    9 31.03%
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Thread: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

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    For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    I was recently informed that an ideology is what the majority of its adherents say it is.

    So, conservatives, what do you say it is? Pick all which apply.

    If you're not a conservative, this isn't for you, and while, obviously, the thread mechanism will allow you to participate, sorry, you don't actually have anything fruitful to add. It isn't about what you think about conservatives. It's about what conservatives think about themselves.
    Last edited by Harshaw; 09-09-09 at 02:57 PM.
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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    I was recently informed that an ideology is what the majority of its adherents say it is.
    Can't answer your poll since I am not a conservative, but I think it is truer to say that if you vote for conservatives, you are partially responsible for the laws they enact. I feel that way about democrats, which as you can imagine is frustrating at times.

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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    I guess I don't get to vote, but the middle three choices are more along the line of libertarianism. The top one I would say is the current state of the conservative platform.
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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    The middle three and the last. The last choice being the preservation/conservation of the middle three against reckless/unnecessary infringement. This allows for stability, which is key in any free society. I would also add: Strict contructionism--this pretty much sums up all four. Modern liberal ideology is, in fact, reactionary in nature.

    I will concede that many politicians who claim to be conservative fall very short. But that doesn't change the ideology. I don't agree that an ideology is what the sum of its adherents thinks it is. Ideologies are set in stone, variations of said ideology are different ideologies, and people who call themselves conservatives may not adhere to all conservative principles, that doesn't make the principles any less a part of what conservatism is.
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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    If we need a poll to define what Conservatism is, how do we decide which posters are Conservatives?
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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    Call it the honor system.
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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    I don't like the options. They basically imply that conservativism is either libertarian in nature or authoritarian in nature... where's the middle ground?

    As for my answer, to quote Justice Potter Stewart, "I know it when I see it". Other than that I have no idea what conservatism or liberalism are all about.
    Last edited by Dav; 09-09-09 at 04:18 PM.

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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    I thought conservatism was supposed to be along the lines of an old definition: Conserving what is good, seeking to redress what is not working, and not clinging to ideas b/c they are tradition.


    But, I didn't vote b/c I'm not a conservative.

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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dav View Post
    I don't like the options. They basically imply that conservativism is either libertarian in nature or authoritarian in nature... where's the middle ground?

    As for my answer, to quote Justice Potter Stewart, "I know it when I see it". Other than that I have no idea what conservatism or liberalism are all about.
    It's about what conservatives think conservatism is, so whatever you think, lay it out.
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    Re: For CONSERVATIVES: What is conservatism?

    2, 3, 4 and personal responsibility
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