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Do You Know Who You Really Are? Socialist, Liberal, or Conservative? (Modified 4-5-18)

MY ESOTERIC likes to think of himself as a bit of a polymath with degrees in Statistics, Accounting, Computer Science, & Operations Research


IN TODAY'S POLITICAL RHETORIC the terms "Socialist", "Liberal", and "Conservative" are tossed around like so much confetti without much understanding by the user what those terms really mean today, or use to mean yesterday. I can guarantee you that 95% of you don't truly know which broad category to which you actually belong. Probably 98% of you don't really know which one of those three broad classifications of political thought your political opponent actually represents.

Are they distinct from each other, as night-and-day, or so the saying goes, until you start getting into sub-sets of each group; then, disctinctions become fuzzy very fast, as you will see later in this hub.


BELOW ARE VARIOUS LABELS for political thought. Some think a few of these labels are economic philosophies, but, in fact, each is a political structure, most designed to serve economic ends, but one, Liberalism, is solely a political structure at its core. In other hubs, I delve, or will delve into many of these in some detail; even this hub I will get around to providing, at a minimum, comprehensive definitions.

For the moment, at least, I am still trying to gather material to help give me better structure to this hub, and that is where you come it. I fervently hope you will spend a little time to answer this poll and some following quizzes and then come back to see how things develop. For those of you who are politically inquisitive, I think you will find this interesting.


The following definitions come from Wikipedia.

CONSERVATISM: (Latin: conservare, "to retain") is a political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional social institutions. A person who follows the philosophies of conservatism is referred to as a traditionalist or conservative.

Some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others, called reactionaries, oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were".[1][2] The first established use of the term in a political context was by François-René de Chateaubriand in 1819, following the French Revolution.[3] The term, historically associated with right-wing politics ...

LIBERAL CONSERVATISM: The tradition in the United States often combines the economic individualism of the classical liberals with a Burkean form of conservatism that emphasizes the natural inequalities between men, the irrationality of human behavior as the basis for the embrace of traditional ethics, the human drive for order and stability, and the rejection of natural rights as the basis for government.[

CONSERVATIVE LIBERALISM: Conservative liberalism is a more positive and less radical version of classical liberalism.[6] Conservative liberal parties combine liberal policies with more traditional stances on social and ethical issues.[2] They are generally supporters of economic liberalism and they often identify themselves as law and order-parties...

LIBERALISM: a set of related political philosophies that uphold liberty as the highest political end.[1][2] This includes emphasis on the primacy of individual liberty,[3]political freedom, and voluntary association. Liberalism's core tenets are Individualism, Egalitarianism, Meliorism, Universalism, All forms of liberals think equality if a natural right, something comes with being a human being. It is the antonym to authoritarianism.[4] Libertarians advocate a society with a greatly reduced state or no state at all.[5]