Conservative? Liberal? Libertarian?

Which values one embraces in making MORAL decisions sets one’s political outlook, says Connor Wood, writing in Pathos. Here is a quick summary.

For conservatives, five major cognitive instincts are involved in making moral decisions, including instincts aimed at preserving authority structures, maintaining standards of purity and sanctity, and ensuring loyalty to the group.

Liberals, meanwhile, only emphasize two moral instincts: fairness and the prevention of harm to others.

The three instincts that conservatives retain but liberals ignore – authority, sanctity, and group loyalty – are all aimed at keeping groups knitted together.

Where do libertarians fit on this scale? They place relatively little emphasis on any of the moral sentiments. They place even less on the three “conservative” ones – making them much more similar to liberals than to conservatives.

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Connor wonders, then, why both conservatives and libertarians gathered together at the recent CPAC Convention if they agree on little. In fact, Connor suspects that a divorce  is imminent. He believes that each group will go their separate way.

Should Dems rejoice? Probably not because they have their own pending problem- religion! Yes, THAT. Many blacks and Latinos hold religion ( the Bible) in high regard and often feel offended by agnostic and atheist liberals who denigrate religious beliefs.

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8 thoughts on “Conservative? Liberal? Libertarian?

  1. Would you mind expounding on your point? I’m always reading how the libertarians make up a large part of the Teabagger group.

    1. Yes, I believe that Libertarians and “true” Tea Partiers have much in common. Of course, they all hate Obama for several reasons-reasons not common to both groups necessarily. They are in the GOP caucus because, separately, they have no power. It is a matter only of expedience.

  2. Short answer, Both Conservatives and Libertarians and Teabaggers can coalasce under the banner of less government….Libertarians it seems
    are more isolationist….If they separate, it would seemingly be over foreign policy…Is that the way you see it, M_R?

  3. Muddy, you should have included a link to the Wood article you read…..
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/scienceonreligion/2014/03/big-changes-are-coming-to-politics-in-america-heres-why/#more-1094

    Don’t know what articles have been read by UTF or NON. But you quoted Wood in your last paragraph……”Where do libertarians fit on this scale? They place relatively little emphasis on any of the moral sentiments. They place even less on the three “conservative” ones – making them much more similar to liberals than to conservatives.”

    According to Wood and his theory, Libertarians are closer in ideology to Liberals than Conservatives. I believe Mr.Wood is right. A divorce is imminent. If you read Conservative and Libertarian blogs, you would see that much is true. Yes, Libertarians and Conservatives want less government and more individual freedom. But the difference in the two is quite obvious. Libertarian TRULY want less government. They want to see spending cut and that includes everything, even military. They believe in personal choices. They believe a woman should have the right to choose, they believe a person should have the right to consume certain narcotics, and they believe two men should be able to marry.

    A Conservative Tea Party member will tell you that they want less government and less spending. But they have no problem with military spending. If you follow Conservative blogs you’ll read tirades about federal spending on things such as education, unemployment, and job creation programs. But you won’t find a single mention of the one BILLION spent in Afghanistan. Which surprises me considering that it was spent during Obama’s tenure. But it seems that when it comes to military spending and the DOD, all’s well that end’s well. But let’s lower spending on food programs…..(Sigh)
    Yes, Conservatives want less government and less spending. Unless its abortion, gay rights, gun control legislation, military spending, just to name a few.

    “Should Dems rejoice? Probably not because they have their own pending problem- religion! Yes, THAT. Many blacks and Latinos hold religion ( the Bible) in high regard and often feel offended by agnostic and atheist liberals who denigrate religious beliefs.”

    I believe we should add more to this. Religion isn’t the only problem. Too many Democrats lean towards war, business, and big banks. You can see dissension among many Liberals on left leaning blogs. In my opinion, we are going to see a split in the Democratic party in the next ten years. People are sick of the Obama, or Clinton Democrat. They seem to want true progressive candidates. Warren and Sanders to name a few. And to be honest with you, I can’t blame them.

    Thank you for the post Muddy. Haven’t been commenting much on blogs lately but this post compelled me. I love Wood’s articles and believe we can all learn from him.

  4. In this case, JOB, I agree with you…” …we are going to see a split in the Democratic party in the next ten years.”

    The Party cannot continue to court Wall Street and the one percenters and be a Party of the the working people. It seems to me this is the only chance there is to avoid the continued decline of the U.S. Ms. Clinton will talk about the 47%, but she will be filling her pockets with Wall Street money.

    We need to find a way to bring workers from professional and non professional groups into a new Party or to take over the Dem Party.

    I am faced with a difficult decision here in my county politics. As an activists I am being called on to form a multi-precinct get out the vote for
    November, 2014. My problem is that the candidates being put up are blue dog Democrats. So, do I remain a purist or go along and campaign for people
    who do not represent my thought? The countervaling argument is, of course, these Democrats will replace Republicans and give a Democratic
    Speaker in the House and keep the Senate Democratic. But, what is gained?
    A quarter loaf or a half’-loaf? That does not begin to solve the crucial
    issues…These blue-dogs will vote against environmental reforms, support the Pentagon, be faith based, and against growth measures…

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