Personally, I find the concept of liberal & conservative rather silly.
I see no cohesive underlying philosophy that ties together the hodgepodge of random ideas that are typically called liberal and those that are called conservative.
Sarah Palin, for example, is very pro-gun and very anti-abortion -- a fine example of what is called a conservative. Can anybody explain to me WTF logically connects these two positions? I will be stunned and in absolute awe of anybody who can come up with a logical connection, since as far as I can tell none exists. Conservatives typically prefer more economic freedom though what does that have to do with their frequent preference for more religion?
I wonder if even Ayn Rand could have explained that one (seeing how she was very much in favor of free markets and also very much an atheist).
Palin thinks a woman can handle an AK-47, but not her uterus.
She'd be fine with teaching a teen all about firearms, but no way in hell is she telling them about something as dangerous as a condom, though I'm pretty sure a .357 Magnum has vastly greater stopping power than throwing a Magnum size condom at somebody.
Liberals, on the other hand, think a woman most certainly can handle her uterus, but no individual is competent to handle guns nor their own money.
Libertarian positions are at least unified by an underlying devotion to freedom (though libertarians do disagree on the abortion issue as you could make a libertarian argument either for or against it.)