Liberalism, Progressivism and Conservatism


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Real Ways To Reclaim Freedom For America
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Premise: I always find it humorous when I come across a sheeple who thinks of them self as a contemporary liberal who is ideologically descended from the classical liberal of the early twentieth century. American classical liberalism grew out an amalgamation of the founder’s minimalist vision of liberty combined with a civil society and Adam Smith’s free market economic principles. In fact, contemporary liberalism (a branch of collectivism) is the exact opposite of classical liberalism. From Wikipedia:

~Classical liberalism is a philosophy committed to the ideal of limited government and liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.~

Question: Does this sound more like sheepleism or freepleism?

Conundrum: Of course, classical liberalism is a description of freepleism. Contemporary liberalism, a branch of sheepleism, has a completely upside down view of freedom. Contemporary liberals (and progressives) actually believe that giving up one’s right to direct one’s own life to the slavery of the collective is an act of freedom. That is how convoluted sheeple thinking is.

[Again the scoff reflex comes in handy for sheeple in ignoring the contradictions between collectivism and individual liberty, and contemporary liberalism and classical liberalism.]

Explanation: The ideological terms conservative and liberal have deep origins in history, each with its own evolutionary story. This can make understanding and especially explaining contemporary conservatism and contemporary liberalism a difficult experience. The founder’s minimalism evolved into what became known as classical liberalism, both of which are alternative historic terms for the more encompassing term, freepleism. Since the early twentieth century classical liberalism had evolved into the conservatism of the mid twentieth century, and then into the contemporary conservatism of today, which has unfortunately grown into so ambiguous a term as to be virtually useless.

It seems today that everyone has their own particular characterizations, often mixing old-style depictions with newer definitions, and often resulting in direct contradictions (like our sheeple example above where they believe that being a contemporary liberal is similar to being a classical liberal – nothing could be further from the truth). A person today may call them self a conservative and yet may be viewed as anything from a Nazi to a fascist, to a moderate, to a libertarian, to a classical liberal. The definition depends on the bias of the person making the definition.

Conservatism originated as a defense of the aristocratic French monarchy and church in the eighteenth century. In the late nineteenth century American conservative reactionaries were notable for their resistance to burgeoning change in society. However, since then American conservatism has evolved and adopted the positions of that period’s classical liberals who had taken the baton from the minimalism of the founding fathers. Contemporary American conservatism is mostly, but not always, defined today by individual liberty which promotes the right to direct one’s own life within a civil society – freepleism.

It is ironic that today’s conservative is yesterday’s liberal (classical liberal), and today’s liberal has much more in common with yesterday’s conservative monarchic roots where the collective masses were considered in need of an elite vanguard to direct their lives. As classical liberalism changed names with conservatism over the course of the twentieth century, vanilla liberalism actually merged with progressivism, which was in opposition to both the early conservatives and classical liberals (for different reasons) at the beginning of the twentieth century. Progressivism developed into the early twentieth century opposition to early conservative intransigence against societal change, and classical liberalism’s free market capitalism and individual liberty. By mid-century there was little difference between liberalism and progressivism. Both are collectivist ideologies, one a little more leftwing than the other. Today they have merged with fascism to produce progressive-fascism – modern first-world slavery to the state, with an unhealthy dose of chaos (libertinism and lack of respect for rule of law) mixed in.

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The Paranoid Quiz Ideology Scale – A Measure of Freedom
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Leftwing = Paranoid
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Contemporary Liberalism and Progressivism
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Contemporary
Conservatism (mostly)
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Creepleism
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Sheepleism
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Table by theparanoidquiz.com
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Conclusion: Unfortunately, all of this shifting of names and ideologies has left many American liberals and progressives today believing that they are the ones who are defending freedom against intransigent conservatives. This is why the terms freeple, sheeple and creeple are better ideological identifiers, because they have specific definitions based on a measure of freedom that do not, indeed cannot change with time and shifting biases. A freeple desires to direct their own life within the framework of a civil society. Sheeple and creeple oppose this structure of freedom to varying degrees. Other labels may more precisely define a particular ideology (for a time), but are also likely to muddy the waters as well where definitions have evolved over history and are now ill-defined. It is better to just stick with freeple, sheeple and creeple. Everyone fits one of the three, no matter what their particular ideological nuances are. Freeple love freedom. Sheeple fear freedom. Creeple despise freedom.


[This page is from The Paranoid Quiz website. To understand the context take the quiz.]
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