posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 07:18 PM
Originally posted by seabag
Of course there is.
In reality liberals are not left-wing. Liberalism is capitalism with a social safety-net.
Modern liberalism did not come from the left, it came from the European middle classes as a way to appease the working class by offering a social
safety net to keep workers from revolting.
"Liberalism is not socialism, and never will be" - Winston Churchill
As liberal party member for Dundee, 1908.
Churchill was a conservative.
The original political meanings of ‘left’ and ‘right’ have changed since their origin in the French estates general in 1789. There the
people sitting on the left could be viewed as more or less anti-statists with those on the right being state-interventionists of one kind or another.
In this interpretation of the pristine sense, libertarianism was clearly at the extreme left-wing.
Liberalism is right of center because it supports authority. You have been conned into dismissing the real left-wing which is anti-statist. Nothing
will ever change by "liberals", and "conservatives", arguing because you are two sides of the same coin. All you can do is argue petty issues and
ignore the real issues of the economy.