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Extremism and Moderation in the U.S. Idealogy: A set of principles that individuals ascribe to often with great conviction, that guides attitudes on specific policy issues. These ideas develop over time and at young ages. Conservatism: A reluctance to change the exsisting order of relations A reverence to order and tradition “The gov. is best that governs the least.” –Thomas Jeff. Fed. Gov should be weaker and state and local gov. should be stronger Laissez-faire econ. Stability and order are more imp. Than individual expression Liberalism: Want improvement in social and pol. Order Even at expense of freedom are more supportive of equal opportunity and gov. involvement
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Unformatted text preview: • Egalitarianism • Fed. Gov. is an agent of change, local and state gov. too weak to lead to change Politics of Moderation: Truncated Pol. System: • U.S. Politics characterized by moderation • Radicals of both sides are few • Ppl see validity on both sides • Always more conservatives than liberals • Never a fear of one side taking over, bc middle ground so large in numbers System Support: Americans strongly support our gov. “Specific vs. diffuse support” Specific: • Fluctuates • Support for current gov. Diffuse: • Relies on basic principles in which gov. rests • Even if ppl in gov. are flawed, the system itself is okay...
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