Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Stephen Clarke on Conservatives and Liberals

Stephen Clarke proposes a neat distinction between Conservative and Liberal attitudes towards morality on the ABC's Philosopher's Zone.

Liberals place high moral value on:

  • Individual freedom/autonomy
  • Fairness, equal opportunity
Conservatives, while still holding to the above, place greater moral value on:
  • Respect for authority
  • Respect for sanctity / purity => typically some religious system
  • Protecting your group from external threats (e.g. patriotism)

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