Is liberalism more popular than conservative because people hate being told that you can't this or that?

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Is liberalism simply more popular than conservatism because people hate being told no, and because conservatives have more nos, like no you can't marry your own gender or have sex with your own gender, no you can't wear a women's dress if you are a man, no you can't abort your baby, no you can't watch pornographic films, no you can't just wear short clothes in public or just wear whatever you like, or cover yourself with tattoos, no you can't smoke a joint, no you can't marry or date someone outside your ethnic group or social category, that conservatives are always going to be a lot less popular than liberals who always say you can do whatever you like, and it is human nature to just hate being told no you can't do this or do that because it is immoral? I am not talking about a single religion, but about social conservatives and social liberals in all cultures generally speaking. That social conservatives will have a lot longer list of things that are socially unacceptable, or things you can't do, or are inadvisable to do, than social liberals in all cultures generally speaking.
 
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You should determine exactly what is liberalism. Classic definition is based on liberty, consent of the governed, and equality before the law. But ideas about liberalism differ so much that some even Trotsky is considered a liberal, seriously.
For some conservatives, liberalism is an universal abusive word covering all the vices of society.
 
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Linschoten

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Liberals are just as guilty of telling people what they are allowed to do.
Nowadays more so, I think, when it comes to exercising social control; social conservatives may have stricter or narrower notions of how one should behave, but much of this has to do with personal morality rather tnan the application of law or social control through shaming etc. Puritanism as social control now tends to come more from the left, and conservatives tend to have more sense of humour, which is always a good indicator. (Speaking from a European perspective primarily here.)
 
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Linschoten

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You should determine exactly what is liberalism. Classic definition is based on liberty, consent of the governed, and equality before the law. But ideas about liberalism differ so much that some even Trotsky is considered a liberal, seriously.
For some conservatives, liberalism is an universal abusive word covering all the vices of society.
The OP is using the term in the American sense, I think, liberals or progressives as against conservatives. Americans oftenndon't seem to realize what a range of different meaning and implications this word can have in different nations and cultures, in England for example it means something wholly different from what it does in America.
 
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Maki

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The OP is using the term in the American sense, I think, liberals or progressives as against conservatives. Americans don't seem to realize what a range of different meaning and implications this word can have in different nations and cultures, in England for example it means something wholly different from what it does in America.
Indeed. For example once upon a time I took a political quiz and just because I said that I do not support privileges for the rich, I was deemed a leftist.
 

Tulius

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Is liberalism simply more popular than conservatism because people hate being told no, and because conservatives have more nos, like no you can't marry your own gender or have sex with your own gender, no you can't wear a women's dress if you are a man, no you can't abort your baby, no you can't watch pornographic films, no you can't just wear short clothes in public or just wear whatever you like, or cover yourself with tattoos, no you can't smoke a joint, no you can't marry or date someone outside your ethnic group or social category, that conservatives are always going to be a lot less popular than liberals who always say you can do whatever you like, and it is human nature to just hate being told no you can't do this or do that because it is immoral? I am not talking about a single religion, but about social conservatives and social liberals in all cultures generally speaking. That social conservatives will have a lot longer list of things that are socially unacceptable, or things you can't do, or are inadvisable to do, than social liberals in all cultures generally speaking.
And is "liberalism more popular than conservative"? Or is this just a wrong premise for the thread? How did you find that the premise is correct? Do you have any base, any source? Or it is just your personal assumption? If there is a base, where that happens? In your hometown? In the USA? In America? In Europe? In Asia? In Africa?
 

Linschoten

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Indeed. For example once upon a time I took a political quiz and just because I said that I do not support privileges for the rich, I was deemed a leftist.
In an American context, support for universal state provision of health care can mark you down as left wing. I did a quiz of that kind that someone posted here, based on American assumptions, and I came out as defintely left wing, although I would class myself in British terms as a moderate conservative with liberal tendencies.
 
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I guess you are referring to American liberalism, which is considerably different and I would say more right-wing than European liberalism. For you saying that liberals are more popular than conservatives: By what consensus? What is the indicator for popularity anyway?

As for them not telling someone what to do, from my experience it is pretty much the same, if not that liberals are even more restrictive than conservatives. The terms themselves have pretty much lost their meaning, modern conservatives in America often call anything they don't like ''liberal'' and vice-versa, or so the popular image would have me believe.