Politics and Government

How useful are the terms liberal and conservative in today's political discourse?



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Liberal is a term used more to identify those who wish to use the government and education as tools to help advance people and promote development. Conservative is a term used primarily as a way to identify those, mainly the older members of society, as people who want little government involved and for people to do their own work and harken back to times of their grandparents. Moderates are, as it implies, those who mix these two philosophies.