The most butchered and corrupt word in the English language.
Originally meant somebody who believes in individual liberty and personal sovereignty, now means the complete opposite. Modern "liberalism" is an authoritarian collectivist ideology that is much closer to fascism and Communism than classical liberalism, with modern liberals believing that big government is the solution to every problem.
The funny part is the actual reason behind the corruption of this word, which was conservatives calling statist-socialists "too liberal" for supporting things like the legalization of homosexuality, the separation of church and state and soft drug laws.
Modern liberal: I support freedom of speech for everyone but extremists and haters.
Classical liberal: Everyone should have freedom of speech no matter how far their views stretch from the norm, after all it is those for whom freedom of speech exists to protect.
Modern liberal: People shouldn't be allowed to own guns because they're dangerous.
Classical liberal: When guns are criminalized, only criminals have guns. Everyone should have the right to defend themself and their property from criminals and tyrannical governments with a firearm.
Modern liberal: Marijuana should be decriminalized, taxed and regulated by the government.
Classical liberal: All drugs should be completely legalized to be grown and traded by whoever wants to grow and trade them. What somebody grows, trades or smokes is up to them, not the government.
Modern liberal: A high income tax is a necessity.
Classical liberal: Income tax is theft by thugs with guns.
Modern liberal: The government should be there to make sure people don't make bad decisions.
Classical liberal: People should take more personal responsibility for themselves.
People who consider themselves part of the Tea Party movement which started in 2007 and has grown more and more popular since. Teabaggers come from all walks of life.
Teabaggers don't agree on all issues, but come together with the common interest of following the constitution as for the role of the federal government. Limited government, lower federal government spending, lower taxes, individual liberty - are common ideals.
Many Teabaggers are constitutionalists, libertarians, classical liberals, or paleo conservatives.
The progressives tried to ridicule the tea party movement (using Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" of 1-ISOLATE 2-RIDICULE 3-DESTROY) but it backfired on them, when the tea party redefined the term 'Teabagger', and began to wear the moniker proudly.
Someone who rejects right-wing conservatism and left-wing progressivism equally. An updated or new classical liberal -- not just politically, but also philosophically and culturally. New Liberals or neoliberals reject both Rightist moral dogmatism and Leftist moral relativism -- both the pre-modernist religious Right and the post-modernist socialist Left. They generally favor both economic freedom (like the Republicans) and social and personal freedom (like the Democrats). New Liberals tend to believe in (1) the philosophy of reason and science; (2) the ethics of individualism and self-interest; (3) and the politics of liberty and capitalism. Most lean toward atheism, hedonism, and libertarianism.
Historian Victor Davis Hanson and atheist Sam Harris are examples of New Liberals, as well as many current writers who favor the literature of the Greek, Roman, Renaissance, and Enlightenment classics.
A mix of Conservativism and Classical Liberalism. Internationalist in nature, neo-conservatism is very concerned with political freedom, democracy, human rights, and economic freedom, and believes that these ideas are universally applicable. Pro-American, pro-Israeli, and pro-Taiwanese.
Most prominant neo-conservatives were liberals who came to change their opinion on economics.
Generally identified with the philosophy of Irving and Bill Kristol, Jeane Kirpatrick, Max Boot, Paul Wolfowitz, Natan Sharansky, Charles Krautheimer, James Woolsey, and Bill Bennett.
Possibly the closest to the political philosophy of George W. Bush.
Neo-conservatives love John Stuart Mill
There are always elites. There is never complete equality for long. G.W.F. Hegel in his *Phenomenology of Spirit* explains why--when two people confront each other, there is an inherent tension created as each seeks to dominate the other. People will fight, overtly or implicitly, until one wins control. This results in a "master/slave" relationship. Hegel's story does not end here, but that is the basic dynamic in any human relationship. Liberals are no different.more...
The liberal elite is a milder version of Lenin's "Vanguard of the Proletariat." The poor slobs who cannot gain power themselves because they lack the intelligence or drive to seize power and dominate others themselves are championed by some power crazy humanitarians or "power entrepreneurs" who have found a niche group to prey on, the poor and minorities. This liberal (not in the classical sense but the social democratic or socialist sense of the term liberal) elite gains power over more traditional or bourgeois people and steals their money through taxation. They keep much of it for themselves (e.g., salaries for social workers, leftist intellectuals, and bureaucrats) and redistribute what remains to their favored minority groups. They also force the white middle class to hire and go to school with minorities they had rather not associate with...
The fundamental motivation for humans. Lucifer fell from Heaven in his attempt to become God--the ultimate power grab. Lucifer, as Satan, acting through the Serpent, suggested to Adam and Eve (the first humans created by God in his image) that they could become God luring them into rebellion him. Following the pattern set by their original parents, all humans are driven by a desire to be God.more...
Humans, now in a fallen condition, are continually trying to one up each other. Even members of one's own family or friends attempt to gain power over each other. As Nietzsche pointed out, virtually all human behavior is motivated by the "Will to Power." Nature even rewards people with more power as they live longer, feel happier, and have higher levels of serotonin in their brain. People band together in an attempt to dominate other groups even more thoroughly. Wars, racism, economic competition, cutting remarks at parties, domestic violence can all be traced back to the urge to dominate others.
Subtly, even attempts to equalize wealth, income, social status, racial disparities are attempts by those without power to pull down and dominate those who are currently in power. Equality of result is motivated by resentment and envy. Efforts to equalize people's conditions are movements by those who are presently less powerful to gain power over those who have dominated them. Many times these less powerful people are aided by those with power who feel guilty that they have...
The tea party is not just a bunch of conservative pissed off redneck, the tea party is actually a liberal party. A classical liberal party. Liberal means "liberty" and that's means freedom, and that is what the tea party means. The United States view of liberal is allowing people to have sex, even if it's gay, or a threesome, or whatever, whenever they please. They are big on drugs and that stuff, but they don't believe in true economic freedom. The liberals are the ones that are not truly "liberal" and they are taking away our economic freedoms for a replacement of other "rights".
Your typical member of the tea party is truly you average working class American. They want their money and they want to be paid fully for what they work for, instead of spreading the wealth to unmarried pregnant teenagers on weed who live in California who are pretending to be bisexual.
Tea party = Average working American citizen