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Sorry to disappoint you, this isn't a debate thread, it's actually a schoolwork thread.

Help me understand "Traditional Conservatism" vs. "Classical Liberalism". I'm having a little trouble understanding them, particularly the differences between the two.
 

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Okay, I think I've got it... this is mostly an exercise for myself, so if anyone knows better, please do correct me:


There are two main groups of conservative thought. One is called Traditional Conservatism, the other Laissez-faire Conservatism, AKA Classical Liberalism.

Both are opposed to extensive government intervention, and are not in favor of large scale social planning. Both are also strongly support the value of private property, and thus are opposed to socialism and communism.

Traditional Conservatism (TC), unlike, Laissez-fare Conservatism (LC), stresses the need for authority and control in society; at the same time, they call upon the wealthier and more powerful to have the responsibility to provide protection and security for those who cannot provide it for themselves. TC believes in relying on customs and traditions for social order

LC focuses on individual freedom and a very limited (generally more so than TC) government for social order; LC believes in individual self-interest and the laws of economics, and disregard social norms, customs, etc.

TC: Tradition runs society.
LC: Free individuals run society.


I think I got it...?

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Next step: Marxism and socialism in general. I KNOW there are some people on here that'd love to ran about that stuff... go for it.
 
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