absolute right A right that cannot be overridden or outweighed by other concerns.
anarchism The belief that all governments are inherently unjust, and/or that it is feasible and desirable to live without a government.
authority The power to create new moral obligations in others. A government has authority over others when those others have a moral obligation to obey its commands.
big government A derogatory term for an interventionist government; a government that attempts to manage and control many aspects of people’s lives.
capitalism A form of economic organization in which the means of production are privately owned.
civil liberties/rights The right to free speech, right of free assembly, right of association, freedom of conscience, right of bodily integrity and freedom from abuse and assault, freedom of lifestyle choice, right to protest, right to exit (i.e., the right to leave a country and to renounce citizenship), freedom of sexual choice, and right of substantial due process in criminal procedures.
classical liberalism An early, less stringent form of libertarianism that developed in the seventeenth century.
conservative A person who favors having government reinforce traditional modes of life.