Ideologically Speaking on Social Issues

For this post, we’ll take a look at four political ideologies and how followers of those ideologies would stand on certain social issues.  The social issues, for the purposes of this argument, would be abortion, gay marriage, and legalizing marijuana.


— Those who favor a pro-choice stance on abortion:  liberals, libertarians, socialists

— Those who favor a pro-life stance on abortion:  conservatives


–Those who favor gay marriage:  liberals, libertarians, and socialists

–Those who oppose gay marriage:  conservatives


–Those who favor the legalization of marijuana:  liberals, libertarians, socialists

–Those who oppose the legalization of marijuana:  conservatives

Let’s go back to an earlier post on ideologies.  In that post, you’ll see the relationship between the size and scope of government and how government subsequently handles economic issues.  Socialists believe in a more active federal government when it comes to the economy, while libertarians believe in a “hands off” government when dealing with economic issues.  Liberals and conservatives are somewhere in between those two ideologies.  What we haven’t defined is the idea of the size and scope of government when it comes to social issues.

Is there one particular ideology that seems to be consistent in its beliefs on both an economic and social issue scale?  (For example, do liberals take the same pro-active government approach to the economy as well as to being involved in an individual’s social decisions.  Are conservatives opposed to government intervention in both economic and social issues?)



4 responses to “Ideologically Speaking on Social Issues

  1. On social issues, ideologies seem to take different approaches to the scope and size of government handling those issues which is very interesting. Liberals take a proactive government approach when it comes to economical issues but ironically, liberals are opposed to government intervention in the social decisions of an individual. On the other hand, conservatives call for limited government in economic issues and prefer laissez faire economics, but want government involvement in social issues and in a sense want the government to uphold a status quo and old traditions and values so to speak. Similarly to Liberals, socialists call for government involvement in economic issues but oppose the government’s intervention in social issues. Therefore, the conservative, the liberal, and the socialist are inconsistent on their beliefs of government involvement on both economic and social issues. The only political ideology that is consistent on its beliefs on government involvement on both social and economic issues is the Libertarian, who opposes government involvement on both economic and social issues. Liberals, Libertarians, and Socialists all want limited government when it comes to an individual’s social decisions, while the conservative is the only one that wants government intervention on these individual social issues.

  2. Tasneem Abdelmajid

    The libertarians have the most consistent ideology across the board. They are in favor of a government that doesn’t interfere in economic issues, and also social issues. They don’t want the government interfering with anything unlike the other ideologies, who are more conservative in some issues than others. The conservatives want the government to not interfere much in economic issues, but in social issues, they want them to be in control. The liberals are the opposite. So overall, the libertarians have the most consistent ideology.

  3. Liberal have the most consistent. Hands off is hands off in every situation. Conservatives only want government involvement when it comes to social matters, which I think is a bunch of wish wash. If you are going to be involved, mine as well stay involved all around.

  4. I am a Liberal all the way. The only thing I am Conservative about is Gun control, I tend to take a big stance on all these social issues.

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