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Liberals & Conservatives, or, "A Wolf Among the Pandas"
This discussion branches off from "Americans, what is with your Republican Party?," but is attempting to wipe the slate clean and start with some definitions. The thread is inspired by the comments of Robin Layter (post), Mike Strong, (post), James Lambert (post),  and Linda O'Reilly (post).

There was some question as to where I stood on the issues... I was ambiguously defending people whose views I do not necessarily share. I thought I would put the sum of my views into graphical format, however limiting that may be. I encourage participants in this thread to do the same by going to http://www.politicalcompass.org/



So the question(s) for this thread are: how would you define the basic tenets of conservatism, liberalism, libertarianism, statism/authoritarianism? How do these categories/spectrums interrelate?
How do these views relate to political parties you are familiar with? Where are the inconsistencies? How do the ideas translate into policy? Where are the misunderstandings/antagonisms between groups with different ideas? How are political tenets shaped by class, race, geography, education, occupation, etc.?

And, if you want to do some research, what are the histories of these labels and the ideas behind them?
I'm going to be cogitating for a while.  Don't think that I've veered off to a different subject.

Nice job.

Postscript (April 2, 2010 at 9:51 PM):
I just graphed myself.  Ouch.

I'm a little more to the left that you are.
You are a bit more libertarian.
Ok, the outcome on the political compass is shown below, according the web site I'm in the same neighborhood as the Dalai Lama. No big surprises on this actually, the Lama dresses better than I do with his robes instead of my old jeans and tee-shirts, and he inspires more people in a day than I will in my entire life, but at least my feelings as expressed by this test are in line with my goals.



The Political Compass
Economic Left/Right: -3.88
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.54
Hopeless liberals we are...I think I hear temple bells...
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