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What is the original meaning of liberal?

 
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What is the original meaning of liberal?
Since the Enlightenment period the term liberal, from what I gather, has become known to mean essentially what I would describe as a non-selfish libertarian. It looks like the word liberty is the foundation of the term, yet these days it seems there are segments of the population that have come to be nauseous when they hear the word liberal. Why is this so? I am a bit confused as to this seemingly-illogical reaction to a word that I would assume GLP would embrace proudly.
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Re: What is the original meaning of liberal?
Australia's Liberal Party

is actually the conservative party



So who knows
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Re: What is the original meaning of liberal?
it means in excess or plenty
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Like many words, its meaning can change over time.

It has been corrupted and co-opted and is beyond hope of saving.
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Re: What is the original meaning of liberal?
He is right , Many moons ago Democrats were the conservative wing of American Politics, Slowly they have changed to socialism after Roosevelt.
Many old time Democrats became leaders in the Republican party after becoming disgusted with the Democrat party and switching to Rpublican. Ronald Reagan was one of them.

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total douchebag
baffle m with briliance,or startle m with stupidity. everbody outta the pool.
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Re: What is the original meaning of liberal?
Classical liberalism is a political ideology, a branch of liberalism which advocates civil liberties and political freedom with limited government under the rule of law and generally promotes a laissez-faire economic policy.
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Communists realize that identifying themselves as communists isn't a smart move in the US, so over the years, they've hijacked a number of kinder, gentler words to use instead. 'Liberal' being one of them, and 'progressive' being another.

Those are merely code words for 'commietard'.
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A liberal is supposed to be someone who believes in liberalty for all. This basically means anybody can do anything so long as it harms no one. Our founding fathers were radical liberals.

The term has been twisted into something very different. Liberals today obviously do not support universal rights for all. For homos maybe or abortionists, but not for gun owners or people who want unpasteurized milk. Yesterday's liberal is today's libertarian.

The term conservative is misused as well.
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Libertarian = Freedom for the shoot

Liberal = Freedom for the shot
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Re: What is the original meaning of liberal?
Liberalism is a straw man.

Liberals believe in minimal government and the rights of the people. Many are pro-gun.

So why are Liberals associated with anti-gun? Because the people who are taking the guns want you fighting each other, and not them.

If you've ever assumed Liberal means anti-gun, you are a moron and TPTB have fooled you.

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