Ideologies are idealized ways of
The five most prominent this century are
conservatism, socialism, liberalism,
communism, and fascism. Ideologies can
agree on some matters while violently
disagreeing on others. These ideologies can
be from a number of angles. For example:
Who is in control – from dictatorship to
Philosophy – Left wing or right wing.
Attitude to private property – from
capitalist to Marxist.
Social control – from totalitarian to
Conservatism – democratic, right wing,
capitalist, varied degree of control
Socialism – varied concentration of power,
left wing, generally tends to Marxism,
varied degree of control.
Liberalism – Democratic, philosophically
moderate, Capitalist, libertarian.
Communism – Democratic, left wing,
Fascism – usually dictatorial, right wing,
varied economically and Totalitarian.
** Canadian political parties all fit these
patterns. Extremist parties have little