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Chait, Jonathan
February 2005
New Republic;2/28/2005, Vol. 232 Issue 7, p14
Contrasts liberalism and conservatism. Reliance of conservatism on a deeper set of philosophical principles, making the ends a smaller government would bring almost beside the point; Support of larger governments by liberals only if they believe it will lead to material improvement in people's lives; Observation that the differences between economic liberalism and conservatism lies in different epistemologies, and that while liberalism is more pragmatic, conservatism is more dogmatic; Application of the liberal and conservative standpoints to U.S. President George W. Bush's plans to privatize Social Security.


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