Classical Liberalism vs. Classical Conservatism

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Classical Liberalism vs. Classical Conservatism In today's society, most people are unable to explain the differences between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. In fact, the two parties' ideologies seem to be very much alike; and therefore, people tend to believe that a Republican candidate and a Democratic candidate running for the same office will not make a large difference from one another. Furthermore, both Democrats, the supposedly liberal party, and Republicans, the supposedly conservative party, have been appointed to the highest office, the President of the United States of America. In most cases, the President has been effective in building notable progress in our nation's growth, regardless of the political party …show more content…
Many of the United States' founding fathers feared the consequences of empowering so-called "ordinary" people, due to the belief of the irrationality of the lower class people and that immigrants would undermine the traditional values of the United States of America. Finally, classical conservatism criticized the notion of the free marketplace, which was protected by classical liberalism, because it empowered capitalists who honored greed more than nobility (Franks 29). Thus, capitalism was a condemned by classical conservatives that highly favored the values of tradition. The ideologies of classical liberalism and classical conservatism are clearly contrasting political philosophies. However, important ideas from both classical liberalism and classical conservatism are apparent in our nation's "pseudo-democracy." This shows that the ideologies of both philosophies can be compromised to maintain an acceptable, although incomplete, form of democracy (Franks 48). The Constitution of the United States of American and the Bill of Rights are examples of the protection of an individual's natural rights assured by classical liberalism. The Supreme Court, the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the President are examples of the protection of traditional values desired by classical conservatism. Together the ideologies are compromised to maintain a nation that offers freedom, democracy, and equality that has been, and will continue to


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