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Initially associated with a philosopy of personal liberty and self reliance, protected by Libretatrian and democratic government, mainly defined as such in the years 1750-1963 (Ending upon the death of John F. Kennedy)

Currently signifies, at least in western democracies, a dedication to what was previously known as socialism, with chief tenets including Government provided healthcare and education, along with mild to heavy redistribution of wealth through "Progressive" taxes based upon income. Also generally associated with the moral relativism and supposed "nonjudgementalism" of American celebrities, Secular Statesman in Europe and a whole range of other "Progressives" who criticize the current system of regulated capitalism in place in the United States. To be fair to liberals, though their economic ideas appeal especially to those within the so called "Progressive" community, the semi-socialist modern liberalism is a seperate entity from the relativists, nonjudgementalists and general haters of western civilisation and its norms(See Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, Barbara Streisand, etc)
"The problem with hollywood is its full of liberals like Chevy Chase, who have no connection with the average Americans values"
-Commentators such as Bill Oreilly
"We must embrace a liberal economic agenda or the minorities in our society will never be equal"
-Jesse Jackson
by Bran the Man December 20, 2004

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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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A person who supports no restrictions on somewhat out of the lime light issues (homosexuality, bestiality, criminals, terrorists, communists, dictators, assholes, lawyers, abortion, social responsibility, morals, pedophiles, etc.) yet wants lots of government supervision and restrictions on other issues (gun control, Christianity, war {no war at all}, generally things conservatives support) contradicting their own beliefs. They are not bad people, contradictory to what some people say, but many of the things they support in the hope of bettering society are actually quite damaging. This does not mean they do not improve society either. Conservatives are the opposite of Liberals, and these rules apply to them too, with their extremest beliefs harming and improving society in different ways. It is arguable that a balance of beliefs is the best for society; unfortunately, conservatives and liberals hate each others guts, and rarely if ever discuss topics together or come to a mutual conclusion.
Johnny was a liberal, and he believed that in terms of sexuality and religion, anything was fair game, but he also thought that the federal government should be more powerful than the state governments and that issues such as gun control should closely regulated by the government.
by Republocrat July 03, 2006

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In a nutshell, the belief that the world is more important than any one nation, that individuals are more important than any group, and that it is the duty of those with much to give to those who have little. See also what every UD editor is.

In a non-political context, liberal just means "a lot"
Don't be afraid to get liberal with the bullets: we've got way too many as it is. Just spray n' pray!
by Treima May 08, 2006

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Jerks who will censor you if you speak against them or dissent from their viewpoint one iota.
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If you speak against liberals watch your free speech vanish before your very eyes.
Liberals are jerks who practice the worst,most despicable,most dangerous type of censorship.
by free speech November 23, 2005

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1. A political ideology responsible for virtually all social progress in history; see creation of democracy.
"Damn those dirty liberals with their common sense... I want my $30 tax cut!"
by Andy November 30, 2004

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Someone who is athiest, anti-American, extremely hypocritical, who lies and tarnishes the American country just to get into power, who ruins the economy once they actually get into power, who hates the military and its personnel, who DOESN'T support what marriage is, and who has no balls at all.
"let's TALK to the murderous terrorists who hate our guts and want to kill us all by cutting our heads off, and when we catch them, we can't interrogate them because that's mean!" - Said the Liberal
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