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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

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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.
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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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Liberalism is really the politics of the thinking man. Areas of the country with the highest percentages of educated people, for example, are overwhelmingly liberal. Stereotypically, liberals know too much for their own good. Oftentimes while conservatives are busy making horrible political decisions, liberals alone bear the burden of actually having to understand what consequences will arise. See also, Democrat, which is a happy middle ground politically speaking for liberals who have too much money to be totally idealistic, or for marginalized groups who have traditionally been alienated by the antics of many in the Republican party.
The so-called liberal bias is actually a bias in the level of education attained. For example, university professors are overwhelmingly liberal in national samples, which coincides with their having attained advanced degrees.
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Liberals are masters of two things , brainwashing and censorship.
i hate liberals ....

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Someone who chooses a happier existence by way of not being insulted by every single thing other than him/herself.
Does being pissed off at Paganism and homosexuality make you happy? Or does it just make you pissed off? Liberals have mastered the ancient art of accepting things and MOVING ON WITH THEIR LIVES! Try it sometime...

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a word meaning generous or a lot which comes from the latin adjective ilberalis, is, e.
he made a very liberal donation.
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Antonyms: Conservatives GOP

n.)The people who balanced our budget, invented social security, and won both World Wars.
n.)The people who belive in gay rights, women's rights, minority's rights, and people's rights, and black people
n.)The people who understand polotics
n.)The only people preventing Armagedon and/or a complete totalitarian rule by idiotic southerners
adj.)To be smart
adj.)To let yourself go

Words with the same root:Liberty, Liberate, Library
Ashy Larry:Hey Tyrone!
Tyrone:What nigga? I'm smoking crack.
Ashy Larry:You a liberal?
Tyrone:Damn strait nigga

Brandine:Cletus!
Cletus (the slack-jawed yokel):What woman?
Brandine:Are you a liberal?
Cletus:Naw!
Brandine:Why not?
Cletus:Cuz... cuz... liberals are stupid. Now help me nail this here racoon to that thar tree.
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