The former ultimately sees government as nonessential, and you end up with a very amoral society as a result. The latter leads to totalitarianism, and you get a very immoral society. The Conservative position takes both into consideration, seeing a purpose to the liberties we have. The right to free speech is for the pursuit and propagation of Truth and Knowledge. The right to bear Arms is for personal defense of ones life and property. Every Right we have has a primary purpose. Sadly, the Left, as well as most Libertarians, never understand that.