Hows this for a working definition of conservatism? Conservatism is a political philosophy that strives to preserve a functional society by keeping society on a firm foundation of works while rejecting anything that is or may be detrimental to it. Can anyone suggest a working definition of liberalism? I understand that some people see a conservatism that is based on process (being opposed to change) and a conservatism that is based on ideology. But, then these same people are likely to claim that conservatism is not based on any ideology the way something like communism is. Communists have Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto, but conservatives supposedly dont have anything. If process conservatism is simply opposition to change, couldnt someone be a conservative any place on the political spectrum? Couldnt a conservative Russian be one that didnt want the change to capitalism, while an American ideological conservative would see the Russian that still wants communism to be the worst kind of liberal? I havent seen anyplace on the net that claims there is a process-ideology distinction for liberalism, but wouldnt a process liberal simply be someone that supports radical change just for the sake of change regardless of what the change is supposed to accomplish?