"Ever since she read that book about animal abuse she's been on this vegan kick. Not for the supposed benefits, but to feel superior to everyone else. Every time she hears about anything she looks for something to be offended about on the behalf of others."
"Oh... never knew Shirley was such a liberal."
With John Stuart Mill we find a bridge to another conception of liberty and equality that moves more toward socialism. Mill was highly influenced by his wife, Harriet Taylor, who was more of an egalitarian than a liberal. Here we find Mill arguing against classical notions of liberalism. Mill argued, contrary to Locke, that a just law is an encroachment on a person's liberty. He also contended that informal, non-coercive public opinion was a violation the rights of the individual as are traditional prohibitions, say on sexual morality or gender roles. In these moves to conceive of liberty in a broader way that simply overt coercion, Mill started to blur the line between private and public. Mill was also concerned about the distribution of wealth and income in ways that the Founders of the U.S. were not. Mill,at times, argued for a greater role for the State to actually achieve equality of result and actual liberty from others as opposed to a purely formal equality and liberty that the classical liberals sought.
These differences point to a fundamental divergence between classical and modern left liberals. Another such difference is the basic character of human nature. Locke and the U.S. Founders believed that humans were naturally selfish and dangerous in their exercise of power. For this reason, the U.S. Founders placed explicit restrictions on the State including a Bill of Rights, federalism, separation of powers, and checks and balances. Jefferson's admonition that the power that the State has to do something for you also has the power to do something to you follows from the doctrine of human depravity found in Christianity.
Left liberals tend to view humans as naturally good or malleable. No one is born evil. So, with the proper education and proper social and economic environment, people can naturally cooperate and care for each other. Brutal punishment is inhumane and simply aggravates past injustices making those convicted of a crime even more alienated and victimized by the unequal social order. What is needed to avert criminal behavior is greater inclusion and benevolence. The mechanism that facilitates these moral advances can be the State. Concerns over abuse of power, at least in social welfare legislation and macroeconomic policy, are not only misplaced but can be unnecessary obstacles for social progress.
Classical liberals view of legitimate State action is quite different. Physical punishment is seen as necessary to control those who freely choose to violate the rights of others. The State is needed to contain human evil and establish justice by retribution fairly imposed. Preparation and engaging in war can be necessary to protect a country from the attacks of an international aggressor. In both domestic and international crime, the person(s) who initiate violence forfeit their rights and violence can be justly used against them.
Some classical liberals such as Jefferson, Tocqueville, and Benjamin Constant believed that liberty was supported in the indigenous cultures of free countries. All of the Founders of the U.S. believed that a necessary condition for liberty was moral self-control. Religion provided the average person with the moral training and habit to prepare them to live responsibly with their fellows. Leftist liberals in contrast tend to be indifferent or hostile to traditional cultures and traditional religion and morality. Following Mill, they tend to see tradition and religion as restrictions on liberty and hindrances to greater social and political equality.
These leftist liberal theorists would not only include Mill, but T.H. Green, John Dewey, and John Rawls. These writers combine some elements of classical liberalism with socialism.
Contemporary classical liberals would include F.A. Hayek, Robert Nozick, and Milton Friedman. They are considered conservative because they are trying to conserve or preserve the original liberal tradition that can be traced back to Locke and the U.S. Founders. They clearly reject an active role for the State in achieving actual equality because such extensive and intrusive actions by the State violate individual liberty and place social planners over average people in power relationships.
2 US - a derogatory term applied to anyone who has left wing political views, which implies that they are associated with anal sex and communism.
2 'Fucking LIBERAL Hippies.'
2) Term that back in the day, meant someone who worked for the betterment of the American condition. Liberals in these days were often very nice men who would donate a coin to the homeless child on the street who stole food on a nightly basis or the jack-in-the-box cranking monkey that banged a tin cup against the sidewalk while molesting innocent passerby.
3) Any inhuman, vile scum that merely acts for self-preservation and the ruining of others' fun. This list includes but is not limited to communists, fascists, illegal pieces of shit, spies, smart black people, hippies, stupid-as-fuck stoners that don't give a shit and associate with the cause because it sounds cool, revolutionaries, preachers, and people who think the missionary position is the coolest sex move ever invented.
Those fitting 3) want to see your fun ruined. They want to see Uncle Sam boning you in the ass, and they campaign for government healthcare so that the homeless people on the streets can rise up, steal your shit, overrun your cities and infrastructure, and ass rape your innocent wife and children, at your expense as well. They want to allow the frothing zoo of San Francisco to pollute the nation and turn the Stars and Stripes into Rainbowfest. They want a black president mainly so they can fulfill their misguided knowledge of racial equality and high five other liberal bitches on ruining the life of other, conservative, productive members of society.
2) Did you just see that man help that poor Irish immigrant kid? He's so Liberal!
3) I was talking to Betty at the dinner party about stupid niggers in office, and it turns out she's a liberal! She's not getting the yearly Christmas fruitcake anymore.
2) A term to decribe a follower of 1.
3) A term used to scare the ignorant and apathetic, usually used by the less ethical members of the right.
2)he is liberal
3)theirs a liberal conspiricy to destroy america.