Conservatism

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Just like Liberalism, Conservatism had undergone a historical transformation in America. Early conservatives urged the support of the government in economic enterprise and government intervention within certain groups. In today’s society, conservatives argue that more government involvement will interfere with our individual lives and cause limitations. Thus, we now have a branch from early conservatives to contemporary conservatism. Contemporary conservatism is not always opposed to state intervention. For example, they may support military expenditures and allow some government intrusion into our personal lives. By supporting these ideas, contemporary conservatives hope to further their purposes.

A movement called the Religious Right movement endured inside conservatism. Appearing around the 1940’s, the religious right composed those of conservative Christians more about the decline in Judeo-Christian morality and not so much the government. They opposed judicial decisions sociocultural issues such as abortion, pornography, school prayer and gay rights. They followed President Clinton’s administration. Everything went with regard such as in women’s rights, perversion and discrimination. The Religious Right movement had positive and negative connotations between the religious right and the progressive liberals. Even though they may have differences, their styles were similar. This movement was not to make one movement seem better than the other but simply to recognize moral issues that cannot be ignored or finessed. Socialist James Davison Hunter used the term cultural wars to characterize the struggles between these visions in America.

Neoconservatism came into use during the early 1970’s as a designation for former New Deal Democrats. Neoconservatism is an ideology of conservatism that combines mainly traditional conservatism and military intervention. It all began with when a group of liberals embraced nationalism and interventionism in opposition to...
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