Political spectrum lib v cons
Liberals and Conservatives
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Political spectrum lib v cons
THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
ARE YOU LEFT,
RIGHT OR MODERATE?
LEFT OF MODERATE
Liberal – (Left)
• Government should play a big role in “social
reform” and well-being.
– Focus on issues such as poverty, education, and
• Favor change; sometimes called “progressive”
Examples: Democrats, Green Party
RIGHT OF MODERATE
Conservative (Right Wing)
• Government should stay out of the lives of
citizens and businesses.
• Exception: Moral issues/”family values”
– Example: Abortion, Gay Marriage
• Favor status quo
• Resistant to change
• Want to work within system
• Examples: Republican, Reform
• Opinions fall between left and right
• Tolerant of multiple view points
• Not extreme about issues
Example: Independent, Undeclared
Radical (Far Left)…
• Favor fundamental changes
• Want to reverse the domination of the
wealthy over poor
• Often support highly centralized government
• Want a total overhaul of the system
Reactionary (Far Right)
• Advocate return to a historical system.
• Very traditional views on who should have power.
• Often very religious, moralistic and/or
• Will use extreme measures (such as violence) to
reinforce laws power.
Examples: Dictatorships, Absolute Monarchies,
Oligarchies (e.g. Taliban)
TAKE A MOMENT TO
APPLY THIS NEW IDEA…
• Imagine that your house is a country and your
parents are the leaders. What type of leaders are
• Explain your choice in one sentence. Then…
share your response with a neighbor.
GOV’T RESPONSIBLE FOR
GET OUT OF THE WAY
EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS! PERSONAL FREEDOMS,
HUMAN RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS
VALUES ARE “RELATIVE” MORAL ABSOLUTES
The next few slides show different sides of
important issues. Make a two column table and
draw symbols that represent positions on each
side of the political spectrum.
SPEECH AT ALL
PROBLEMS IN SOCIETY
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
BE LESS INVOLVED
Which side (liberal or conservative) would be
most likely to send their country to war? Why
do you think that?
• Think about your answer
• Pair up with a neighbor
• Share your responses
The train station analogy…
• Rex Tugwell, an advisor to president
Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), said that
different attitudes toward change
characterize different political
philosophies. He wrote that if a
community needed a new train
station (or education reform, crime
Fill in the blank with: radical, liberal,
conservative, or reactionary
“__________ would rebuild the station while
the trains are still running,
__________ prefer to blow up the train station
and forgo service until the new structure is built,
__________ would prefer to keep the old
station, being satisfied with it, while
__________ would abandon the station entirely
since they do not approve of trains in the first
Finish the following thoughts:
• I agree that...
• What I learned made me think of…
• I feel… about what I learned today.
• I am still wondering…