How would you define:
These convenient labels—two of the most-used terms in the political vernacular—may not always mean the same thing to speaker and listener. Compare
your definitions with those offered by four well-informed Americans in an
unrehearsed panel debate an ANSWERS FOR AMERICANS:
and in people lhat a conservative e
primarily interested in property and ii'
Mu. Buckley: In modern-da) ternU
a liberal is primarily a man who is infatuated with the state. He turns to the
slat,' lo settle all of lln- problems tha1
libertarians or conservatives would prefer for man to settle' for himself.
The best definition of a liberal.
though it's a facetious one. I heard
from someone' al 'laic University "I"1
said that lilnrals are basically showel
adjusters lhe people who want ll1
reach their great big brawny hand |M
when you're taking a shoue-r and say
"No, jusl a little bit colder." or "a lid1''
hit hotter." They can't leave human 1""
Basically lhe conservative also look*
Introducing the panel
Miss Vivien Kellems, Independent gubernatorial candidate in Connecticut and authority
on taxation, featured guest, in discussion with regular panelists:
George Hamilton Combs, network news commentator and former congressman,
William Buckley, Jr., author and magazine editor,
Professor Charles Hodges of New York University, former foreign correspondent.
A Liberal is not a twentieth-century creation.
A Conservative is a romantic seeking to recapture the past.
A Liberal is infatuated with the state.
A Conservative's had enough and wants to keep it.
for liberty above security, whereas i'"
liberal, who has totalitarian u-ndi'"'"
unfortunately, looks above all for set'"'
ity. And when one' or lhe' eelhcr 11111-1 f"
he w ill senze' security.
Prop. Hodces: Well. I would s»]
thai a conservative is one who's ''-j,
enough and wants In keep it. 1 »'"
emphasize the idea of stability, Ih' '"'
custodian of institutions, and I lei-h1'1'
lhal lhe principles upon which progff*
depends require a certain stability,
I'd also define ei liberal as a man s
ting in the draft of his open mind. *s
possible working definition a rati0
edizing idealist, a man who thinks I"
Utopia is around lhe corner. And I j
think lhal he's been trapped anil suck1'.'
in the' direction of sialism. Possibly,
a necessity hut the' essential elistin''".".
seems to be lei clear lln- iceulioii'11"
out on the righl. pul them in their '"
tier, and don't confuse them with
\111l I ellsee weuil lo In- fair will' •■
MR. BURT: What is your definition of the
difference between a liberal and a conservative?
Miss Ki.ii.kms: Mr. Hurl. I ihink il
ilc|ee'iids entirely upon lhe period of
linn' in which you're speaking because,
unfortunately, tin- terms have been completely switched. In the early days of
our countrv I think a liberal weis a man
like George Washington, for example;
and today In- is ultraconservative.
Mu. Combs: Ii never occurred to me
lhal George Washington wa- exactly a
flaming liberal. If Miss Kellems had
-aid I hornets Jefferson or Tom Paine,
perhaps I could have gone along wilh il.
However, it seems to me thai a liberal
is el rcelhst who is see-king solutions of
today's ami tomorrow's problems in the
realm of iele-eis. ami that a conservative
i- a romantic wine is seeking to recapture the past, (ioiiig a little further than
that. I would s;i\ thai a liberal is primarily interested in human freedom
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ei wani lo lie lent' wn"
liberals and sen that they have '""j
hothead connections with lhe left *«
lhat the liberal fringe of raelie alisrn '""
essential lo a liberal position. ,.
Mr. Combs: \s ee liberal anil ' „
gard myself as a liberal I r,"l"", 1*,,,'
lln- extremism of the lefl just as 1 "']\t
lhe I to mv mind 1 intolerance "' .
right, and I believe thai a liberal '"jl
scnlially a man who has adapted hi'"jt,,
lo the' twentieth century, has manage j
climb mil of Mark Hanna's buggy- ^
longer regards laiBsez feiire as -in
FACTS FORUM N'KWS. April, '