Traditionally the Democrats were the socially conservative party and the Republicans the socially liberal one? In the last 50 years what has occurred to shift this mark in American politics?

The questioner doesn't have their facts straight. Democrats have always been more liberal than Republicans. Republicans didn't propose or enact Social Security in the 1930's and have been trying to repeal it ever since. Republicans have been for personal responsibility and allowing the Markets to control our economy without any regulations. Republicans have

Do conservatives/Republicans actually believe liberals/Democrats are more racist against blacks, or is that a strategically deployed lie?

I don't catalogue everything that everybody says, so don't expect me to present evidence. You need to pay attention, consider things you don't want to believe, and make your own observations over the course of your life the way I have.If you had done so, you would know that many politicians are two-faced,

Is the Swedish government overrated by U.S. liberals?

Over a period of time, Sweden has built up quite a reputation for providing a great quality of life, together with an economy that works.  This has largely been the result of its socially liberal model that ensures a more

Do modern liberals in the USA believe that US liberalism is the same as the rest of the world's liberalism?

Not to over-simplify it but more Americans don't know much about their own history,   and nearly nothing about anyone else. Further, most Americans don't stay up with current affairs, don't make any effort to understand politics or even could define in conversation what being a liberal means.It

Which political party is most closely aligned with the Classical Liberalism of the founding fathers?

The founding fathers of the US were involved in the development of ideology that the world outside of the US refers to as liberalism. Officially, it's known as Classical liberalism. In Europe, most countries still have liberal parties who support the same ideology

Is Europe more liberal than the US?

I'd say on the surface, yes, at least in the western countries. But you dig a little deeper, and you seem some notable exceptions.I live in Germany, and in a great many ways, this country is more liberal than the US in that it has strong universal

Do conservatives care more about the means than the ends? Do liberals care more about the ends than the means?

It's interesting, but not dispositive.Certainly, I think liberals are far more likely to hold that the ends justify the means - particularly (as Michael Smith notes) if those "ends" are essentially summed up as "making everyone feel good".But liberals do occasionally care about means (for example, look at the liberal reaction to

What will have to happen for conservative and liberal politicians to end the animosity between the parties we see today?

Thanks for the A2A, Josh.Part of the problem is that people insist on mischaracterizing the parties. Today's Republican Party is not remotely conservative; they're right wing fascists who spend tax dollars like drunk lottery winners. And the modern day Democratic Party is not liberal; they're neoliberal corporatists, with a few exceptions.The following chart was

Could the US Democratic Party ever be a liberal party?

There have been very few liberal Democratic presidents in the history of the country. Before the 20th century they were mostly rural southern populists, with the odd Bourbon Democrat here and there. After the 20th century they were progressives with a sprinkling of social liberals, and of

What do people have against 'liberals'?

Speaking strictly for myself I have nothing against liberals. It's liberalism (or, as I  prefer to call it, progressivism) in its current form that I dislike: an ideology that has largely set its face against such values of classical liberalism as  individual liberty and freedom of expression. In their place has been substituted the pernicious doctrine of

What do liberals think of Tulsi Gabbard's meeting with Trump?

I am not a progressive, but I am a liberal and I can agree with Tulsi Gabbard on many civil libertarian issues. For example, I am quite content that she has been critical of Obama when it comes to his policy direction in the Syrian civil war, rather

What do liberals think of Bill Maher?

Wow.  Quora liberals are having a pile on. Far be it for the token Alabama progressive to come to Mr. Maher's defense, but having listened to his program every week for many years, I feel I should.I generally agree that Maher is not a nice man.  He describes himself

What do big government liberals think about failed socialist states?

I appreciate the edit on the question -- the point of Quora is for people to ask hard questions and get answers that challenge dearly-held notions as much as they inform in general.TL;DR -- the major states claiming to be socialist that have

What would happen if a conservative party were to split from the Liberal Party of Australia?

The liberals would transform into a fiscally and culturally liberal party, ideologically in the right 4/5 of the USA's Democrats.The conservatives would transform into something approaching (but still far from) a far-right party, with a strong Christian ethos and fairly conservative (though populist) economic policy.The liberal party would

What do liberals think of Trey Gowdy?

I don't like labels, but lets take this shot.America is a liberal - progressive country by design. Read the constitution. It's all about people's rights and the freedom to control our own destiny. These are liberal and progressive values in the 1700's and today.So step one. As an American, I believe, in truth and justice. These

How does the American liberal differ from liberal as it is understood outside of the US?

The American Liberal encompasses everything from what Europeans call

What do liberals think of regulatory capture?

Generally speaking, liberals are against regulatory capture. They (well, we) recognize it as corrosive to the proper function of government for the People.To some degree, regulatory capture has happened to much of Congress and in several states. Many elected officials look forward to leaving

Why do some liberals vehemently loathe Trump?

Republicans are interesting lot these days however in many respects they're still the same over several presidencies. It's always been about lower taxes (buy the vote), less regulations, state control, trickle down economics, smaller government and a pledge of allegiance to guns and a Christian Nation.They become

What do liberals dislike about the current liberal politics in US?

-Identity politics. I have no issue with minority groups being in power, but I believe in meritocracy. I'm fine with a Woman President, a Muslim President, a Gay President, and so forth. I am against any of these things if they're not qualified.-Affirmative action. Once again, I believe in meritocracy. Sometimes too much help only hurts.-Excessive political

Could the US political system split to four political parties - Conservative, Libertarian, Liberal and Progressive?

There's no legal barrier to this, if that's what you're wondering. But there is a very strong political barrier.The only way this could happen is if there was some sort of voluntary split. I'm guessing you imagine the Republicans would

Do Democratic and liberal voters get upset when they are lied to by Democratic and liberal politicians?

I would say that they are no more or less upset at being lied to than any other demographic in the USA.However, there's ample evidence that liberals have a much more

How are old Liberals different from young Liberals?

Age has a way of making you see issues / movements within the mosaic of history.When you're in your 20s, you're impatient and wonder why things haven't changed yet.  You feel compelled to push hard and look for immediate results.As you get older, you realize you're part of one

How come liberals sound quiet and those who are aligned against American ideals are on the rise?

Is it possible that the liberals are aligned against YOUR American ideals? Is it possible that they also want a better America just as you do? Is it possible that someone else's idea of how to achieve that might actually

Is Phoenix liberal or conservative?

Now THAT'S an interesting question. Having lived here all of my 65 years, growing up in a fairly strong politically active family, I have a pretty good and old sense of the political atmosphere of the city. At one time, my father ran for the state

Is political liberalism increasing in the USA?

No but they have become far more shrill ,Liberals may stem the hemming and may regain enough seats to take the house and possibly the senate but noting like the defeat they suffered in 2010 with 63 seats in the house 6 seats

What are the policies of a Libertarian or a Democratic Liberal?

A liberal democrat wants to raise the minimum wage while a libertarian wants to abolish itA liberal democrat wants to raise taxes while a libertarian wants to lower or eliminate themBoth want to legalize pot. The liberal democrat wants to regulate and tax it. The libertarian wants government

What do liberals think of Mark Dice?

I wish I did not know who he is, but I answer hundreds of questions on Quora.com. He is a parasitic troll who I believe has been able to make a good living through You Tube using manipulation and the distortion of the truth. I was just looking around YouTube for something interesting, killing time,

What do liberals think of Paul Joseph Watson?

I'd never heard of him before this question was posed. From watching the video I'd say he was skilled at making propaganda style videos that suggest his point of view without offering any solid evidence to support his conclusion.He seems to want us to believe that Frankfurt School and its liberal devotees are to blame for

What is a liberal's view on Benghazi?

It's this liberal's view that 99% of Americans, particularly the ones saying:

Why do scientists tend to have liberal (progressive) views?

I'm assuming that this question was asked by a US citizen, and the many excellent answers I read also answer from a USA point of view.The definition of

Why does Ohio seem to be becoming more conservative while much of the rest of the US is becoming more liberal?

Some sections of Ohio are doing quite well, especially the areas near companies like Procter and Gamble or GE. My family members who went to school and work in say, medicine are doing really well.But many places are not doing well at all, especially in rural counties or in former manufacturing strongholds

Could the US political system split to four political parties - Conservative, Libertarian, Liberal and Progressive?

There's no legal barrier to this, if that's what you're wondering. But there is a very strong political barrier.The only way this could happen is if there was some sort of voluntary split. I'm guessing you imagine the Republicans would

Do Democratic and liberal voters get upset when they are lied to by Democratic and liberal politicians?

I would say that they are no more or less upset at being lied to than any other demographic in the USA.However, there's ample evidence that liberals have a much more

How are old Liberals different from young Liberals?

Age has a way of making you see issues / movements within the mosaic of history.When you're in your 20s, you're impatient and wonder why things haven't changed yet.  You feel compelled to push hard and look for immediate results.As you get older, you realize you're part of one

How come liberals sound quiet and those who are aligned against American ideals are on the rise?

Is it possible that the liberals are aligned against YOUR American ideals? Is it possible that they also want a better America just as you do? Is it possible that someone else's idea of how to achieve that might actually

Is Phoenix liberal or conservative?

Now THAT'S an interesting question. Having lived here all of my 65 years, growing up in a fairly strong politically active family, I have a pretty good and old sense of the political atmosphere of the city. At one time, my father ran for the state

Is political liberalism increasing in the USA?

No but they have become far more shrill ,Liberals may stem the hemming and may regain enough seats to take the house and possibly the senate but noting like the defeat they suffered in 2010 with 63 seats in the house 6 seats

What are the policies of a Libertarian or a Democratic Liberal?

A liberal democrat wants to raise the minimum wage while a libertarian wants to abolish itA liberal democrat wants to raise taxes while a libertarian wants to lower or eliminate themBoth want to legalize pot. The liberal democrat wants to regulate and tax it. The libertarian wants government

What do liberals think of Mark Dice?

I wish I did not know who he is, but I answer hundreds of questions on Quora.com. He is a parasitic troll who I believe has been able to make a good living through You Tube using manipulation and the distortion of the truth. I was just looking around YouTube for something interesting, killing time,

What do liberals think of Paul Joseph Watson?

I'd never heard of him before this question was posed. From watching the video I'd say he was skilled at making propaganda style videos that suggest his point of view without offering any solid evidence to support his conclusion.He seems to want us to believe that Frankfurt School and its liberal devotees are to blame for

What is a liberal's view on Benghazi?

It's this liberal's view that 99% of Americans, particularly the ones saying:

Why do scientists tend to have liberal (progressive) views?

I'm assuming that this question was asked by a US citizen, and the many excellent answers I read also answer from a USA point of view.The definition of