Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis
I've gone over it before. Probably not worth going through it all again.
Liberals tend to believe in a kind of perfectablity (relative) of mankind that needs to be brought into practice by "progress" They tend to believe that mankind's problems are related to the system he's subjected himself to. Not because of any 'nature of the beast' so to speak.
Conservatives tend to believe that mankind has inherent corruptions that need to be constrained. In a classical liberal democracy the primary constraints are individual liberty and rule of law. Which is why progressive (and especially collectivist) solutions tend to be viewed with immediate suspicion.
That's it? Really?
Forget Liberalism, just define Conservatism as you see it, it has to mean more to you than 'constraints.'
How about naming 'true conservatives' by your definition....past, and god help us, present.