1. Derived from "Liberty", a liberal
is literally someone
who believes in freedom
. This includes freedom
of religion, freedom
from tyranny, and free markets.
of the market, and have
economically mixed liberal
ideals with socialist ideals to create the American liberal
. This is someone
who supports personal freedom
in social issues, and mixed economic initiatives to create greater
equality within capitalism.
Typical issues that liberals support are less restrictions
on abortions, more restrictions
on guns, the equality of genders, races, religions and sexual orientations, and the Separation of Church and State. The American liberal
would add on such things as socialized healthcare, environmentalism and greater
support for the poor through welfare and greater
spending on public services.
is sometimes used as an insult
by their enemies, conservatives. This occurs
in the United States, elsewhere liberal
is usually a complement. As a result, many liberals dub themselves progressives, which does not have
the same negative connotations.
1. "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain
a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
2. "I hate liberals
. Stupid pinko liberals
"Yeah, damn liberals
and their...their...liberty. Psht, this is America, we don't need liberty. God bless America."
3. Often thought
of as the founder of Liberalism, John Locke said that no state has the right to take away a person's "life, health, liberty, or possessions."