Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

The Myth of Political Lables

Academic journal article Journal of Evolutionary Psychology

The Myth of Political Lables

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It is the nature of political labels to confound their own meanings. They do not explain the true political philosophy of those who use such words as "radical" or "liberal" or "conservative." These words have little meaning without some historial perspective. Generally speaking, liberals are what the word says, liberal in willing to make social changes, to promote progress toward more freedom, more and better education, more human rights. It is more willing [begin strikethrough]the[end strikethrough] accept the challenge of change.

Conservatives fear and resist change. They want to go back in time, or to maintain the status quo, whatever status the status quo finds itself. The status quo of today was a radical idea in the past. All political changes are either regressive or progressive, and the person who adopts one idea or the other is making a choice on the basis of character, operating in accordance with his or her domninant desires.

The words liberalism and conservatism change meaning according to the dominant impulse in those who use these words. …

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