Political Ideology: Crash Course Government and Politics #35

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So today Craig is going to look at political ideology in America. We're going to focus on liberals and conservatives and talk about the influencers of both of these viewpoints. Now, it's important to remember that political ideologies don't always perfectly correspond with political parties, and this correspondence becomes less and less likely over time. So, sure we can say that Democrats tend to be liberal and Republicans tend to be conservative, but we're not going to be talking about political parties in this episode. It's also important to note, that there are going to be a lot of generalizations here, as most peoples' ideologies fall on a spectrum, but we're going to try our best *crosses fingers* to summarize the most commonly held viewpoints for each of these positions as they are used pretty frequently in discussions of American politics.

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"Jewish people are amongst the most liberal americans"
Ben Shapiro: hold my beer...

Author — Lz Killer7


Bruh are we really here arguing politics when this guys has clearly discovered cloning

Author — John Martin


Warning: IF you scroll down, your brain cells will decrease very fast, and you will burst into flames, since the comment section is a literal flamewar.

Author — Estonian Mapping


This video is very biased

Toward craigist



I know no one cares, but I just want to say that when I have kids, I don't want them to adopt their political ideology based on mine, regardless of it's for or against mine. I want my kids and my grandkids to arrive at their own conclusions. And I also want to create a family atmosphere, where we can talk about our political views regardless if they clash or not.

Author — Eddie


How is it when I see this video I think "Hey both sides have valid points and values"
Then I watch a debate and lose brain cells.

Author — Project Leaf


This was so great! Loved the humor haha

Author — Radu Antoniu


5%: "this video was unbiased"
5%: "let's just get along ok"
90%: "this comment section is a damn WAR!"

Author — Aimz Beats


In conclusion, politics and people confuse me.

Author — Mugly Mae


I'm really in the middle I guess..i hope we get rid of this two party system soon.

Author — jac lyn


With all due respect to all parties, I’m only curious but why is protecting the environment and taking care of people even if it mean sacrificing some of our money to taxes? If i can be of service to others, I’d be more than happy to pay more taxes.

Author — Annalise Shaw


Liberals: Equality
Conservatives: Liberty
Me: Why not both

Author — No One


I'm a liberal, hello my fellow conservative colleagues!

Author — TimMadvillain


coming from a conservative, this was very well made and educationally factual, unbiased video. Glad my school still teaches this to me. ^_^

Author — Sonally Our Lord and Savior


thank you for calling it "american liberalism"

Author — DakuHonoo


Obviously the only true ideology is Anarcho Techno National Bolshevism

Author — Kekero


By the way, to whoever is reading this and thinking "well I don't much like liberalism or conservatism", there are more than two political ideologies out there.

Do you really love capitalism and really hate the state? (American) libertarianism could be for you
Do you think that capitalism is pretty destructive and that it should be controlled as much as possible? Social democracy could be your game
Do you think capitalism is *really* bad for people? You could always try socialism
Do you hate capitalism and also hate the state? You could go for libertarian socialism (which is actually where the term libertarian originated as a political ideology)
You can have markets without capitalism, you can have markets without the state, you can have capitalism without the state, you could have a strong state and heavy capitalism, you could have capitalism intertwined with the state!
That's not even to get into the social aspects of different positions
I mean you've got fascists, anarchists, ancaps, Leninists, syndicalists, populists, progressives, reactionaries, the list goes on. American politics cannot do justice to the nuances of political theory.

Author — Remedi


this is really good to explain both sides of the spectrum



Me, watching this.
So what's the answer?
I know a lot of student's watching this to answer their module.

Author — Shaina Joyce Aquino


Fun fact: the terms right and left cane from the French Revolution. When deciding what government the French people should have, the conservatives were seated on the right, the liberals were sitting on the left

Author — Warren Rhinerson