Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Dilemma paradigms and the liberal/conservative spectra. The observations are knee-jerk and obviously not fully thought out weighing all possible examples or strains of idealogy.
Individual vs. Community
I would say liberals place a higher value on the community over individuals.
Truth vs. Loyalty
I think in general that liberals value the truth over partisan or idealogical lines.
Responsibility in the Short-term vs. the Long-term
I think in general that liberals seek out goals for long-term benefit than the short-term.
Justice vs. Mercy
In this case, I think that liberals are almost mixed. Equal parts justice and mercy. I couldn't come up with an inkblot response.

1 comment:

Bill Baar said...

Disraeli wrote,

In a progressive country change is constant; and the great question is not whether you should resist change which is inevitable, but whether that change should be carried out in deference to the manners, the customs, the laws and the traditions of a people, or whether it should be carried out in deference to abstract principles, and arbitrary and general doctrines.

Still true today.

I remember as a young leftist quoting Emma Goldman that marriage was a kind of bondage.

Today the left says marriage is a right.

That's deference to arbitrary abstract principles and doctrines.

Traditionalists are more anchored.

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