As I have pointed out here on TOPIX time & again, those who currently call themselves "liberals" are ill liberal & are anything but liberal. Actually they favor STATISM, which is the opposite of liberalism!<quoted text>
The word "liberal" has been demonized by the right. Most conservatives now have no idea what it means, just that they are the enemy, and responsible for everything bad in our society. Liberal ideas are at the heart of libertarianism.
Here are the origins of liberal thought: "From the 17th century until the 19th century, liberals—from Adam Smith to John Stuart Mill—conceptualized liberty as the absence of interference from government and from other individuals, claiming that all people should have the freedom to develop their own unique abilities and capacities without being sabotaged by others. Mill's On Liberty (1859), one of the classic texts in liberal philosophy, proclaimed that "the only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way"."
Definition of STATISM:
: concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government often extending to government ownership of industry