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Old 09-17-2008, 10:06 AM
 
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I recently took a modern political theory philosophy course. In the course we studied such thinkers as John Locke, Edmund Burke, Karl Marx, and John Stuart Mill. To make this short, after completing the course with an A I might add, I realized that everyone in the United States is liberal. Here is my logic behind this assumption. Our country was founded on the ideas of enlightenment thinkers particularly John Locke, ideas such as natural rights. Think about the rhetoric we here today in politics. I have a right to own a gun, and there should be little government intervention over the economy. While they seem conservative, they can be directly tied to John Locke ideas. John Locke is one the biggest liberal to ever live. If one wants to know a true conservative just read Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France. Even the staunchest conservatives in my class questioned his notions that it is traditions that government should be based upon, and that natural rights mean nothing when it comes to a society.While American conservatism does place some value upon tradition such as marriage is traditionally between a man and woman, I don’t hear talk of rejection of natural rights. In conclusion this country was founded upon John Locke’s liberal philosophy. American conservatism is really liberalism but a watered down version. We are all essentially liberals we just disagree on the fine points of the ideology. Anyone else agree
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Richland, Washington
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Classical liberalism, which is what thinkers like John Locke, John Stuart Mill promoted is closer to libertarianism which is conservative on fiscal matters and liberal on matters of freedom. Current day American conservativism tends to take the form of neo conservativism which promotes restricting freedom and advocates the values of tradition etc.
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:18 PM
 
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