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originally posted by: FauxMulder
a reply to: LesMisanthrope
I think the clasic liberal you speak of are the libertarians of today. Ron Paul would be a good example.
Liberty being the root of libertarian.
I don't think liberal will ever mean what it used to again.
I think you're on to something. We need to define what a liberal and a conservative is. What are ten things you stand for if your conservative or a liberal. What is important?
Not stereotypical. like all Liberals want to take all guns away, raise taxes, protect the environment, offer free college and all conservatives want to shrink government, lower taxes, allow guns to everyone, increase military spending and put the ten commandments in every court house and ban abortion.
Is that all we're about anymore? That's why I'm an independent. It allows you to want to protect the environment and own a gun and want lower taxes...all at the same time, while allowing gay marriage and wanting term limits on congressmen. LOL
It's too late. The word is tainted, soiled, and has become distorted and lost in the miasma of rhetoric.
We need a new word....one that won't make us sick...one that won't hurt our head....one that won't make our mouths too dry or eyes too red.
originally posted by: Nikola014
a reply to: amazing
I think you're confusing liberalism with the American democratic party. Same goes for conservatism and the American Republican party.
Neoliberalism is a danger to liberty and freedom, but that's mainly in the United States and Canada. Nowhere else is as bad as it is in those countries. Why? Well, it's pretty obvious, isn't? It's been hijacked by extreme radicals, who are bringing that Marxist ideology into liberalism and creating a mess.
A lot of the people need to go back to textbooks, and see what liberalism used to be, and what it stands for in it's original form.
The word “liberalism” is pretty straight forward if and when it is used accurately, that is, when it describes a belief in freedom.