Friday, October 29, 2010

The Liberal Scam

One of my latest "campaigns" is the point out how Liberals aren't liberal.  The general definition of the word "liberal" is:
Definitions of liberal on the Web:

broad: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; "tolerant of his opponent's opinions"
•having political or social views favoring reform and progress
tolerant of change; not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or tradition
•a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties
•big: given or giving freely; "was a big tipper"; "the bounteous goodness of God"; "bountiful compliments"; "a freehanded host"; "a handsome allowance"; "Saturday's child is loving and giving"; "a liberal backer of the arts"; "a munificent gift"; "her fond and openhanded grandfather"
•a person who favors an economic theory of laissez-faire and self-regulating markets
•free: not literal; "a loose interpretation of what she had been told"; "a free translation of the poem"

Please pay attention.  In this list, the first definitions are linguistic.  See what I indicated in simple bold.  That's the definition of "liberal" with a small "l."  "Liberal" is the label some clever political marketing experts chose for their ideology.  You can see that ideology in bold/italic.

Those who follow Liberalism are among the most militantly close-minded and rigid.  They aren't liberal at all!

I'd love your examples...


NYC Educator said...

I don't know exactly what an upper-case Liberal entails in Israel. Here, the Liberal party is pretty much in tatters, and the so-called liberals fashionably blame teachers for every malady in civilization, even producing fancy propaganda films that lose tens of millions of dollars.

I guess I'm a liberal, more or less, having never voted against a Democrat in my life. But I'm changing that on Tuesday. It's kind of tough when neither of the two major parties support working people.

I hope things are better in your neck of the woods.

Batya said...

Upper case "Liberal" in Israel would be all of the Leftwing parties. As in many parts of the world that's how they're defined.

I'm proud of you for voting for issues more pragmatically, instead of automatically going Democrat. I've always been an ideological voter. It's easier/makes more sense in Israel where there are a variety of political parties. Most have an ideological basis, except for Kadima which is "vote us in-we love power."