Conservatives and Liberals often resort to cartoon images of the opposing ideology, relying on broadly defined caricatures to illustrate their opposition. To help us get past these stereotypes, this short, punchy book explains the two dominant political ideologies in America today, providing a thorough and fair analysis of each as well as insight into their respective branches.

To help us understand the differences between the two contrasting ideologies, Morgan Marietta employs an innovative metaphor of a tree—growth from ideological roots to a core value, expanding into a problem that creates the competing branches of the ideology. This approach suggests a clear way to explain and compare the two ideologies in an effort to enhance democratic debate. 

A Citizen’s Guide to American Political Ideologies is a brief, non-technical and conversational overview of one of the most important means of understanding political rhetoric and policy debates in America today.

part |3 pages

Introduction: Too Common and Too Rare

chapter 1|7 pages

An Ideology Tree

part |2 pages

PART I Conservatism

chapter 2|7 pages

Conservatism: Premise Foundations

chapter 5|11 pages

Conservatism: Branches

part |2 pages

PART II Liberalism

chapter 6|8 pages

Liberalism: Premise Foundations

chapter 9|6 pages

Liberalism: Branches