... that are used by lawyers, politicians, and those who want to lie without people realizing it.
Terms such as "liberal" and "conservative" have morphed over the years, as people try to steal the label and use it for some very different ideas.
200+ years ago, the "federalists" where the small government guys and the "nationalists" where the big government guys. Alexander Hamilton, a nationalist who argued in favor of a new monarchy, knew he was in a minority as far as his ideas were concerned (the Americans had just fought a war against a king, after all).
Hamilton called his group the "Federalists," even though they were nationalists (in favor of a strong, central government). That meant that the TRUE federalists (those in favor of a weaker, smaller central government) had to call themselves something else. They chose "Antifederalists" to point out the lie of Hamliton.
This is why, when we read the Federalist Papers, it can be confusing because they are often arguing FOR a strong central government -- Hamilton and Jay were really nationalists (and Madison changed his views over the years as he become more and more influenced by Jefferson's ideas).
Over the years, "liberal" and "conservative" have been changed and abused by people who really did not respect or believe in what those terms originally meant.
Today, we can say that a "classical liberal" is the same as a "classical conservative," which is the same as a modern "libertarian."
On the other hand, a neoliberal (just called "liberal") is a statist socialist, with a communist bent. Meanwhile, a neoconservative ("neocon" -- the ones who have taken over the Repulican Party) is a statist socialist, with a fascist bent.
The neocons and neoliberals have taken over the two major political parties, which is why both parties are the same, and both in favor of big government.
It's all done with the definition of words.
(It depends on what the definition of "is" is.)
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