Although there are a host of similarities between conservatism and liberalism—most of which you may not know—we focus more on our differences to remain cohesive, distinct, and relevant. However, we can’t always be spoiling for a fight.
You might have to reach compromises in some situations. I mean, what would you do if your crush is on the other side of the equation? Surely, you aren’t letting her go, are you?
In this blog, we’ll be looking at the similarities you have with the other guy. Relax and keep reading. You may have more in common than you think.
—so, here we go, what are the similarities between conservatism and liberalism?
This is arguably the most striking similarity between the two sides. However, this doesn’t mean that we have the exact beliefs in hierarchy—I mean, we support and withdraw support from different hierarchies. For example, conservatives believe the hierarchy of the church while liberals do not.
Also, both sides encourage different sectors of the government, such as the welfare state VS military-industrial complex.
However, what matters here is that both believe in hierarchies. The major bone of context is who should—and should not—be in charge. Aside from this, liberals and conservatives agree that there is a clear line between superiors and inferiors and that the latter should respect the former.
Furthermore, they believe that power control can be excessive, competition can turn unhealthy and that there is a wide chasm between the rich and the poor. A liberal might claim that they support the poor, but liberals still encourage the continued existence of poverty.
Lastly, conservatives and liberals profess support for all forms of hierarchies, which include capitalism, patriarchy, and government.
Conservatism may preach against the government, but they still demand that the government makes pro-conservative policies home and abroad. Liberals, on the other hand, claim to resist corporations and unchecked capitalism, yet support a capitalist system.
Both sides don’t just believe this, they also maintain the point that there is no other alternative. This may sound funny, but everyone considers and accepts economic growth and development.
As such, the discussion on this goes only one-way. Conservatives believe that a soaring economy is necessary—just as liberals do.
Consequently, both parties cannot spit on a neo-liberalism system of governance. We both—conservatives and liberals—tend to turn a blind eye to the disastrous effects of this system.
Neo-liberalism has ruined economies, spoilt the lives of millions and encouraged, and even propagated, the mass killing or kidnapping of critics across the globe. To understand more of this, go through the Shock Doctrine.
Although they offer a no better option, liberals may argue against the implementation of neoliberalism policies in America. They, however, remain, mum, when these are implemented in foreign countries.
Conservatism and liberalism frown on radicalism, with both underlining that it is evil in nature, and always leads to violence. This is evident in the firm support the government enjoys on its neoliberalism policies, some of which allows the maltreatment, killing or kidnapping of rebels or critics. Elsewhere, both lifestyles consciously support war, often ignoring its disastrous consequences.
The pro-democracy agenda seems to encourage the death or murder of opponents and—to a lesser extent—innocent people.
What’s more, every American government (whether democratic or republican) is aggressive in its oral and physical attack on opponents of capitalism and democracy in foreign countries. A clear example is the government’s consistent interferences in the politics and unrest of various nations that do not concern us.
Both, however, never implement the same policies on home soil.
The thin line between conditioning and coercion is quite blurry—and maybe a mere illusion. As Americans, we all hold the opinion that people are free except the sheer force is employed. Thus, there’s a subtle national belief that tyranny is acceptable as long as it doesn’t use violence or coercion.
This error of judgment would be why we pride America as “the free world,” despite that our society is one of the most (if not the most) partial in the world. This illusion does not end here. America is an anti-individual society, extremely conformable, and has the greatest penal population across the globe.
The few who have unraveled this mirage claim to be generous when they term us as delusional.
Conservative and liberal governments agree on the need to sustain the middle class.
The middle class is essentially a segment of people that enjoys few government benefits but stands to lose incredibly. Unfortunately, the middle class is disguised as the next best thing after America’s independence to the common man.
As such, the people barely know the negative sides of this caste. Consequently, the government suppresses any thoughts of rebellion or injustice by sustaining the middle class.
Currently, the American structure is made up of 20% at the top, 60% in the middle, and 20% at the bottom. With this arrangement, a change is highly unlikely, even if few are discontented. This is because we are majorly driven by positive or negative self-interest.
The bottom class usually gains or loses nothing through a change; the middle class is unlikely to support a change as they believe they are better than the bottom and cannot reach the top and; lastly, the top men do not care about change because they are right where they want.
To maintain dominance, the top class keeps the middle and bottom class divided and unsettled.
Once in a while—when necessary—the wealthy associate with both classes and implement policies that aim to avoid class consciousness. Anything just to make sure the lower levels don’t see the need to rebel.
The crop of similarities between conservatism and liberalism may not be as you expected—but you can now tell we are not always divided. Sometimes, both ideologies encourage the same courses.