Call it the difference between “top-down” and "bottom-up."
- Liberals believe that it is the government's responsibility to
put in place laws and institutions to coerce citizens to act in a
certain way. Government can provide a framework to influence human
behavior to benefit us all. A better society can be realized through
- Conservatives believe that the only way to influence society in
the aggregate is for individual people to take better actions that will
organically combine to incrementally form a better society. Societal
improvement is based on the foundation of the individual.
- Liberals believe that the conservative view is flawed because
there are situations where no single person has any incentive to change –
indeed, it is to their advantage to continue acting selfishly – so they
have to be artificially incentivized via external legal and social
- Conservatives believe that humans are flawed by nature and will
resist coercion. Inequalities will exist because humans have naturally
differing levels of skill, ambition, and tenacity and should be rewarded
as such. Attempts to architect results removes incentives and reduces
ambition and achievement which makes society worse over time.
Thus the difference on the Left is the desire to build a giant Nanny State to make all our decisions and to take care of us from cradle to grave. While the other side believes in people living as unique individual adults who make their own decisions, right or wrong. Personally, I like the right side (pun intended).
Excerpted from http://deanebarker.net/blog/post/2090/ Also, this post had absolutely nothing to do with Ben Shapiro...