Conservatism in the United States

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Conservatism in the United States is a political and social philosophy based on a belief in limited government, individualism, traditionalism, republicanism, and limited federal governmental power in relation to U.S. states.[1] Conservative and Christian media organizations, along with American conservative figures, are influential, and American conservatism is one of the majority political ideologies within the Republican Party.[2][3][4]

American conservatives traditionally supported what they considered Christian values,[5] moral absolutism,[6] traditional family values,[7] and American exceptionalism,[8] while opposing abortion, euthanasia, and same-sex marriage.[9] Modern conservatives tend to favor economic liberalism and neoliberalism,[10][11] and is generally pro-business and pro-capitalism,[12] while supporting anti-communism and opposing labor unions, inflation, and affirmative action.[13][14][15] It often advocates a strong national defense, gun rights, free trade,[16] capital punishment, and a defense of Western culture from perceived threats posed by both communism[17] and moral relativism.[18] 21st-century American conservatives tend to oppose or question epidemiology, climate science, and evolution more frequently than moderates or liberals.[19][20][21]