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|Mon, 02-01-2010 - 3:16pm|
It seems to me that many people consider the terms liberal and conservative to be opposites, like tall and short. One can be tall or short or of median height, but one cannot be both tall and short at the same time. However, based on their definitions liberal and conservative are not opposites and one can be both liberal and conservative, or neither liberal nor conservative as well as only liberal, or only conservative.
A concise definition of a political conservative is “disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions etc. and to resist change” (The Random House College Dictionary).