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  1. Charlie
    October 28, 2009

    Mussolini, maybe the most famous fascist, was first socialist, ie a leftist. Hitler was certainly NOT a rightwinger – he lead a “people’s” movement to change the statist quo and business aligned with him to avoid destruction. This commonly promoted misconception of conservatism allied with fascism is shamefully inaccurate.


    • Charles Wentling
      June 2, 2010

      That’s absolutely not true. Fascism is considered by scholars to be on the far right of the left-right spectrum. “Fascism is a form of extreme right-wing ideology that celebrates the nation or the race as an organic community transcending all other loyalties” – http://www.publiceye.org/eyes/whatfasc.html


      • Paul
        May 28, 2018

        Not sure where exactly you learned to research anything, but try a dictionary. Like merriam-webster, which says :

        “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.”

        If you notice the bit about above the individual you will find that group identity is not a tool of the right, but a tool of the left. The right is about the individual responsibilities to themselves and community, not about the communities responsibilities to the individual like you find on the left. Next is the desire from the left for economic restriction to protect everyone instead of everyone protecting themselves. Add in how you rarely hear about people running into left leaning gatherings and disrupting them to the point they are canceled, but often hear about groups on the left doing everything in their power to stop someone on the right from talking, often by labeling them fascist as a reason to block free speech and you might start to see why the term being used is incorrect. If it was being used correctly you would understand why those who support communism, no mater how they alter the name, are in fact the ones desiring fascism.


    • John Smith
      April 13, 2011

      No, this article is completely accurate. Mussolini only switched back and forth in his proposed ideologies to appeal to the masses, not because of a moral conviction. Either way, he did SWITCH to far right for most of his reign. And as for Hitler, his political policies were built on anti-communist and anti-socialist ideals.


    • Matthew
      March 20, 2018

      Charlie is a bit dense


  2. Mike Jones
    December 9, 2009

    I’ve followed American politics for fifty years as both a Democrat and a Republican.

    In the 1950’s, when a bill came up for a vote in Congress, the “no” votes had lots of both Democrats and Republicans, and the “yes” votes also had lots of both Democrats and Republicans. Over the years, I’ve seen a larger percentage of Democrats on one side of the vote, and a larger percentage of Republicans on the other side. Today, it’s almost all Democrats on one side of the vote and almost all Republicans on the other.

    The difference between Conservatives and Liberals has definitely INCREASED over the years — not decreased.


  3. Justin
    March 12, 2014

    Author clearly has no idea what the word ‘liberal’ means anywhere else besides America , nor any idea about British Politics.

    Both American political parties are more or less ‘liberal’ (belief in free capitalist market economy, personal freedoms etc..), seems more like a progressive liberal party vs conservative liberal party,
    as opposed to most other western nation such as UK Australia etc.., where the political spectrum is more ‘social democracy’ (labour) vs ‘liberal-conservatives’ (Tory)


  4. This is the Difference
    March 25, 2015

    Right wing is the kid who listens to the teacher, does his homework every night and values good manners and knows what he wants out of life and works through obstacles to get it.
    Will probably have a relationship with someone of the opposite sex, open a savings account and drink once a week or less. Take their kids on holiday once a year, save up and buy and own their own house one day. Cry behind closed doors and smile in public for the most part. Probably get married before having children. Children will probably be taught to say please and thank you and be the same race as the parents. Abortion is okay in cases of sexual abuse, otherwise it is looked down on, euthanasia sometimes okay, sometimes not.

    Left wing is the defensive, lazy, ‘cool’ kid who messes about in class, expects to get life for free and wins the respect of other dossers by proclaiming his selflessness for being left wing when not really understanding anything at all or being particularly philanthropic. Will probably never accomplish much, probably won’t get a degree, probably never got smacked as a child and whines about trivial rubbish and hangs out with similar people. This includes people with facial piercings and gays and homeless people, people who dye their hair blue and get tattoos. Abortion acceptable multiple times after drunken one night stands, euathanasia for everyone who wants it. This is the Left wing.


    • SvenC
      July 23, 2016

      Liberals when eating at a nice restaurant want some one else to pick up the tab. Conservatives when eating at a nice restaurant want to go dutch.


    • Bryan Gonzalez
      February 18, 2018

      The most ignorant comment ive read today!!


      • Paul
        May 28, 2018

        Great, you labeled it uncool, but presented nothing to refute it… I wonder how you did in school?


    • Chris
      April 25, 2018

      Omgosh that was perfect!!


    • Rory
      June 12, 2018

      This was a completely biased and moronic comment. We are all now dumber for having read it.
      Seriously, so all Conservatives are polite, hard working rule followers and all Liberal are slackers? Why is it then when a Congress person gets caught cheating on their spouse or committing fraud, nine times out of ten it’s a Republican?
      This is the real problem in this country. Conservatives saying one thing and doing the opposite. Don’t be so damn smug!


      • Kristin N Heathcock
        January 11, 2019

        Are you serious? You better tuck that ignorance in. It’s sticking out too far!


  5. Max
    April 1, 2016

    Really? It is a name! Why can’t you put a “u” between “o” and “r”!? It is called “The Labour Party”, not “The Labor Party”.


  6. Mike Boltz
    February 2, 2018

    I would agree with 90 to 95 percent of this article. Well done. It gives a brief explanation of the two North American traditional two parties.


  7. Cody T
    April 27, 2018

    So then what am I

    I believe in God,
    I believe that abortion is wrong, unless fetus is at risk,
    I have mixed feelings about Euthanasia
    I do not, under any circumstances believe in the death penalty.
    I believe in smaller government
    I believe in less taxes
    I believe companies create jobs
    I believe that welfare should be reserved for the elderly and disabled poor, not the lazy poor.
    I believe the earth evolved over billions of years and in the big bang, but ultimately a higher power created life, and the conditions for the universe to exist.
    I believe the Bible is a folk story, or a manual on how to live, but not the word of God.
    I believe Jesus was a man.
    I have mixed feelings on.gay marriage. On one hand, I know being gay is no choice, and gays were born this way, not taught or created, I believe gay or straight everyone deserves love. I also believe that marriage is a man made thing, and man not God says it’s between a man.and woman. I believe marriage is between 2 people who.love one another.
    I believe that if your old enough to die for your country your old enough to screw, drink, smoke.
    I believe the government should back off criminalizing drugs, and no human has the right to impose his will of what to injest on.another human.
    I.believe in Trump’s wall, and I stongly believe in ICE mission and deport illegals here hiding breaking our laws, hurting our people, not paying into the system.
    I believe Hillary Clinton is evil, and a liar, and deserves to be in.prison.
    I believe federal lake supersedes and local or state laws and any govonors like Como in NY, and the governor Of Cali, who attempt to hinder federal.law, need to be prosecuted for treason.
    I don’t believe whites owe blacks anything and blacks have the same if not.more chances at life as whites do.
    I.believe that all businesses should have the right to deny customers for political and sexual orientation.
    I believe we are all equal, white, black, Hispanic, and that each race naturally should feel.theirs is the best, but work with all people.
    I.believe in.tougher punishments for hanis ctimes and mass murders, and politicians who get caught stealing from the people and punish them with life in.solitary confinement without.payroll. I.prefer Pepsi over Coke, Whopper over the big mac, Camaro over the Mustang, Cubs over White Sox, I am a white male who happened to be attracted to other males. So what am I, Left, Right, Middle, or confused.

    I believe I am a bi liberal conservative. Lean a lot more right, but agree with a few left leaning ideas.

    Please don’t reply with spelling or grammar mistakes, this was typed out on.a small screen.smart phone that decides on it’s own when to use periods etc. Thanks. And God bless us all


    • Rory
      June 12, 2018

      What exactly has Clinton done to be put in jail?

      About half of the immigrants fly into the U.S. They have gone over and under existing barriers why would Trump’s wall be any different. It will bleed our finances.

      No business should have the right to discriminate against anyone. If the owner doesn’t like a certain group and knows this going in should either treat them like anyone else or not own a business. Any owner who discriminates (and that’s what it is) hopefully will be boycotted and go broke.


  8. Teresa G Tyler
    June 9, 2018

    Cody, you are lost and unsaved because you don’t have Christ.


    • Marin Stallings
      October 4, 2018

      We are all lost.


  9. Mr. Gotti
    July 4, 2018

    Well, all values and ideas should be respected by the opposing party. However, in today’s world that’s not the case. The fake left wing media is nagging and pulling at the POTUS. President Trump has done a tremendous amount of work and shown his dedication and commitment to the security of this great nation. But the media turns it into a frenzy and actually tries to make the rest of the world believe that President Trump is Satan in a suit. He should be respected by all sides of politics. He is everyone’s boss.



  10. Lissa
    July 13, 2018

    I just wanted to know the difference between conservative and liberal! Not to read about fights about abortion ,Hillary Clinton and Hitler!


  11. William Pruitt
    July 28, 2018

    As far as my beliefs on the death penalty goes, I not only believe in it, I think it’s too soft. I bet murder victims would have liked to have a death as easy as their killers! I say take them outside of town and pelt them with stones until they die! And do it publicly as a deterrent against anyone else considering the same thing!


  12. Tom Rown
    October 6, 2018

    What Conservative [Leaders in this country] believe in:

    – Limited government involvement in the private sphere — unless you’re a woman, then government should have the right to tell you what to do with your health and body.

    – Free markets — unless arbitrary tariffs just feel like a good idea that day.

    – Traditional values — unless you’re a white man in power, in which case it’s ok to have affairs and divorce the old wives to marry a new younger one, and/or ok to grope/moles/harass women against their will, and/or pay off prostitutes to preserve your traditional values persona.

    – Religious values — only when convenient, expedient, and in public.

    – Strong personal responsibility — unless it’s your own.

    – Individual liberties — unless it’s other people’s.

    – Strong national defense — My way or the highway, World!


  13. Lex Ma
    October 13, 2020

    Oxford’s dictionary has defined liberal as “relating to or denoting a political and social philosophy that promotes individual rights, civil liberties, democracy, and free enterprise” for more than 60 years. The main political philosophies are conservatism, liberalism, and socialism (think Trump, Biden, and Sanders supporters). The philosophies are discussed here: “https://nassirhassan.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/compare-and-contrast-liberalism-conservatism-and-socialism/” Is this what you wanted?

    Boy, aren’t you a bit boring? Giulia Squadrin masterfully announces that there are just 2 main philosophies: liberalism and conservatism. She adds a diagram taken from some place, but it takes time to change it, so the diagram still presents the 3 main philosophies. Her technical difficulty will be proven important in history, because it allows the conservatives to embrace liberal values, and liberals to be accused of socialist values, in as much as many comments actually enumerate all characteristics of the three philosophies, mixed together in a way that allows us to argue literally everything that happens to cross our minds. CodyT masterfully summarizes the depth of our critical thinking and he should be on the presidential ticket for the 2024 elections of the party (which one?), on the strength of his post alone. I myself am (proud to be) a conservative with the strongest socialist beliefs. I support both Trump and Sanders, and I will gladly vote for Biden. I know Biden is the status quo (white male in his seventies), but Trump and Sanders are the real change: they are white males in their seventies. As a liberal, I need to promote change, and to do so I will never vote for Biden (although I will as a socialist conservative).

    Are you still around looking for answers?


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