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.
by I wish I had a wittier name March 02, 2009
A word Americans has no clue as to its meaning.
Another derogatory word used by small minded bible pushing hypocrites to box anyone that has an opposing view.
Progressive thinker in an evolving society
Oh…last but not least, a person that does not agree that W.M.D spells liberation.

“Was watching Fox news and this liberal dude with the glasses next to Sean Hannity (the Jewish looking one they seem to invite every night) must be a fag as he did not agree with Ann Coulter and made her mad…she tried hard to explain in English that WMD spells liberation, he even objected to her idea of us nuking France”

by Libby Rawl October 04, 2005
A truly compassionate person. One who thinks that there is more to life than making money. Unlike conservatives, believes that government has a responsiblity to take care of ALL citizens, not just the white, wealth males.
Liberals are responsible for pulling America out of the Great Depression, creating Medicare and keeping the Christian Coalition from taking over your life.
by Middle America March 30, 2004
One who is polically speaking, party neutral. One who examines both sides of an issue before making a stance, and also will re-examine their stance upon presentation of new evidence.
A liberals views are not limited by bigotry, tradition, dogma, tradtion, etc. They are based on the results of their own observations and investigations into a subject from as many sides as possible.
While the liberal prefers to use logic over emotion, it does not mean he is without a heart. A liberal is just a capable of compassion as another man. He only tries to avoid the irrationality that can result from stong emotions.
Are you a Republican or a Democrat? Neither I'm a liberal.
by MrBobaFett October 28, 2004
1. Political tendency which, in the European context, sits firmly in the middle of the spectrum, without any strong political ideology. Synonymous with "middle-of-the-road". American liberals are considerably to the right of their European counterparts.

"A woolly liberal", "a wet liberal"

2. Theological tendency, synonymous with Modernist, opposite to Conservative or Fundamentalist.

3. An ill-defined term, often abusive, which provokes violent and hysterical reactions from Americans.
A woolly liberal

A wet liberal

A goddam liberal bastard
by Unsavoury foreigner February 16, 2005
a word to describe people who actually think about what is right in american politics
i am liberal and proud of it
by bob April 17, 2005
The top percentage of intelligence in America. Unfortunately, their are enough conservatives to simply overwhelm Liberals, especially in the uneducated and regilious zealot redneck states.
New York voted for John Kerry even when it was attacked by terrorists. Conservatives response to the terrorist attacks were to invade one country that had very little to do with 9/11 attacks and another that had absolutely nothing to do with it. What retards.
by booser July 20, 2005
n.
1. A man or woman with a university education
adj.
2. Politically savvy and genuinely patriotic, as opposed to the uninformed jingoism of the conservative right
Liberals are responsible for all that is sane and rational. Conservatives are paranoid racists and jesus freaks.
by jayque October 18, 2003
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