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But Ruskin's attitude, like Carlyle's, is mostly reactionary or feudalistic, at points an uncomfortable hybridization of conservative and socialist values (uncomfortable, that is, for both conservatists and socialists who may wish to claim him as their own).
One could never drop-off the appellate of `liberal' in naming them, for, no less than conservatists, reformists champion individual freedom, individual initiative, and creativity.
Conservatists stress the importance of competition among pupils, schools, and states to bring out the highest possible achievement among learners in school.