In a nutshell: Liberalism = Progress. Conservatism = Stuck in the Mud. Part 2: Global Warming Reply No.62, Page 3. Part 3: The Environment Reply No. 109, Page 5. If you examine the body of laws created to help average citizens and employees, virtually every law created has been championed by liberals. Take for example minimum wage. It is liberals that inject the moral argument and push for such laws to exist. On the other hand you have pragmatic business conservative free market types who have no problem with $.50 per hour wages if the market will bear it, that is their morality. Don't ask them about people suffering, them's the breaks. Their solution: "get an education, get a job, and work hard" without a thought applied to the possibility that when individuals exist in a broken family environment or on a survival level, they don't have the time nor the finances to get themselves educated, besides snagging a good job. One exception to helping average folks was the "individual health mandate" once upon a time, a Republican idea that appeared in Massachusetts under Mitt Romney (later forced to disavow it), but a GOP think-tank idea when they thought it could save them money (Christian Science Monitor link). But now that it has been enacted by a Democrat President, they are rabidly against it, a great example of how far the Republican party has veered away from it's own history, how rabidly conservative they have become. Why I no longer vote Republican. Which brings me to the original reason I started this thread, this Mother Jones article: Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are... Conservative A Great read, ie Conservatives are menatally living 12000 years in the past. This explains quite a rash of conservative characteristics.