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Bruce Thompson, North County Times (CA) Atheism |Capitalism | William Jennings Bryan, the lawyer who argued against the teaching of the theory of evolution during the Scopes trial, was a liberal. He ran (unsuccessfully) for president twice, advancing ideas that were later adopted by Franklin Roosevelt in the New Deal. Most people are complex, holding views that are neither entirely liberal nor entirely conservative. The modern Republican Party, however, seems to have room only for conservatives of the most doctrinaire sort. Bryan, despite his anti-evolutionist views, could not have been a modern Republican; nor could Ayn Rand, despite her radically free-market opinions.