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There were many precursors to liberalism, including certain aspects of the Magna Carta, which reduced the power of the English monarch, and medieval Islamic ethics, which allowed some freedom of religion. But most histories of modern liberal thought begin with John Locke (1632 - 1704).
Locke's Two Treatises on Government (1689) discussed two fundamental liberal ideas: intellectual liberty, including freedom of conscience, which he further expounded in the same year in A Letter Concerning Toleration, and economic liberty, the right to have and use property.
American progressives tend to support interventionist economics: they advocate income redistribution(aka "spread the wealth"), and they oppose the growing influence of corporations. Conversely, European and Australian progressives tend to be more pro-business, and will often have policies that are soft on taxation of large corporations. Progressives are in agreement on an international scale with left-liberalism in that they support organized labor and trade unions, they usually wish to introduce a living wage, and they often support the creation of a universal health care system
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Liberal as what it should be or liberal as what it is?
As it should be: natural liberty for all
As it is: liberal growth of government to impose a particular brand or style of "liberty" on most at the expense of some.
When I was a kid I figured I was ultra-liberal. I didnt want anyone imposing anything on me and I didnt want to impose anything on anyone else.
Imagine my shock.
Originally posted by superrat
liberal = socialist = communist = atheist = social evolutionist = anti-American
detailing America's welfare spending, and it's next to nothing.
Originally posted by Kaytagg
Mrhm.. Why are people so irate about welfare programs? I know it's an off topic question, but I've cited a few studdies (don't know how credible they really are) detailing America's welfare spending, and it's next to nothing.
Originally posted by poedxsoldiervet
reply to post by Kaytagg
Liberal in America is different than Liberal anywhere else I think. To me a Liberal means you’re for big government, welfare programs, etc. A few years ago Liberal meant the Democrat party,(until Big Spending bush came around) so I guess Liberal means big spenders, loose with tax dollars, pushing on their version of Social redistribution, etc. In a nut shell socialism.