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How do American liberals and conservatives view government?

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With regard to the size and functions of government, discuss the general tenets of liberalism and conservatism.

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This brief essay explains the fundamental differences between liberalism and conservatism in the United States, specifically with regard to the size and function of government.

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This question could be answered in a paragraph or a 20 volume encyclopedia set. This explanation compares the two philosophies in a brief overview of the fundamentals. These definitions address conservatism and liberalism as they exist today.

With regards to the size and functions of government, the short answer is that conservatives generally believe in limited government while liberals support more government involvement in the workings of society.

To elaborate, conservatives wish to conserve existing or past traditions. In modern America, conservatives often call upon the ...

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