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How I Would Define Liberals
In the last 30 years many one time liberal supporters have turned against Israel. To understand liberals, we should have some idea of their belief system. Liberals are usually distinguished from socialists. The latter believe that the government should own the means of production; that is, public ownership. Liberals generally believe that there should be a much more even distribution of the productive wealth of a private market place. In addition, liberals believe in a much greater evenness in distribution of the wealth of the society. A large government sector is needed to attain greater economic justice for all. There can be disparities between wealthy and modest individuals, but neither the historic nor present extremes. Liberals traditionally believe in a broadly defined understanding of human rights: civil rights, women's rights, free speech rights and more. Today this is expanded to include sexual orientation rights, homosexual rights and abortion rights.
Conservatives would argue that they also believe in legislation to protect many of these rights. However, conservatives want to err much more on the side of individual liberty, privacy, small government and personal responsibility. They reject large-scale government redistribution and believe that real competition and freedom will eventually bring greater justice ...
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