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    Sat Nov 05 2011

    A political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties. The description says it all, no need to have to explain myself.

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    Tue Sep 20 2011

    "Progress" means giving more of our money to the government, who will supposedly use it to fund entitlement programs and "spread the wealth". We can see how well that turned out, lol. The funny thing about liberals is that they're not afraid to open their mouths to defend very radical ideas yet have no problem in trying to debunk by using lame terms such as "bigot" or tell someone that their opinion is not "politically correct".

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    Tue Apr 12 2011

    Some real jack-offs are on this team, but at least they're smart jack-offs (mostly). Government money going towards helping people would be good if I was one of the people, and a corresponding stupid program was cut. It seems that the other side is the real "more government" team, but they can't be expected to view themselves objectively either.

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    Sun Nov 07 2010

    Why Liberals Suck: Liberals are arrogant and smug little wankers. They are as narrow-minded and dogmatic as their bible-thumping conservative counterparts. They preach moral irrelevancy, that there is no "right or wrong," and push a philosophy that leads to social decay and immorality. The root cause of their smug arrogance can be traced back to the beginnings of liberal philosophy's idealizing the Greek philosophy as interpreted by enlightenment philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778), whose works influenced later philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill. Rousseau's personal views and practices of morality raise some serious questions; Rousseau’s morals were—as with the other Enlightenment philosophers—based upon Greek philosophy, and the way he treated his children shows us his adherence to the ancient Greek and Roman system of infanticide. Rousseau had five children with his mistress, Thérèse Levaseur, who was ten years his junior. These newborns, non... Read more

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    Wed Aug 26 2009

    From what I've seen, everything about Liberalism hinges upon misusing words and misrepresenting their true meanings. For example, the RateItAll description of this ideology says Liberalism is a "philosophy based on... the autonomy of the individual," but Liberals in government tend to favor policies and laws that distrust the individual and the free market, and consolidate power AWAY from the individual. The prevailing mentality appears to be that the Liberal elite are better qualified to make life decisions for the "uninformed" individuals. This absolutely does NOT demonstrate a belief in the essential goodness of the human race, but rather in the superiority of a select few in the human race. BOGUS!

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    Mon Aug 10 2009

    to idealist to be true. worthless.

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    Mon Dec 15 2008

    All that liberalism brought this country were child labor laws, clean drug, food, water and air laws, the G.I. Bill and veterans' mortgages, the TVA, civil rights and voting rights legislation, an expansion of the social services safety net, environmental protections, etc.  Really injurious to society.  Of course, liberalism is not a flawless ideology, and when misapplied, can be pretty silly and wasteful.  However, consider the ideological alternative.  Egad, that's enough to make you puke.  What's very telling is that the only plausible solutions to the mess that the conservatives have made of things in the past 8 years reside in the liberal camp, and we're in store of an operational backlash in this country that will border on the radical.

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    Sun Apr 06 2008

    As so many other political systems, liberalism looks good on paper, but can be dangerous and destructive if applied. The error is that most political ideologies seem to be based on the ignorance of the basic unit of society: the individual. You can please some, all the time. You can please all, sometimes. But you can never please all, all the time.

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    Sun Apr 06 2008

    We're seeing what too much liberalism is doing to our country, and the perception of what other countries think. The debate has found new legs since 911. Watch MTV or VH-1 lately? We're being entertained by people who eat cock roaches. I've said this before; the cultural left has fostered a decadent American culture that enrages and repulses traditional societies, this is why radical Muslims hate Liberals more than Bush and conservatives. Muslims don't want liberal values shoved down their throats. Is our decadent freedom the one we want to impose on Iraq? Its no wonder many Iraqi's are thanks!

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    Thu Apr 03 2008

    Thanks to everyone for exercising your liberal rights in expressing your opinions.

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    Fri Feb 22 2008

    Like Communism, it looks good on paper. Unlike Communism there are some merits, but the general practice is not a good one. The United States survived and worked so well for years because we didn't really have a single form of government or economic ideology. We had Federalism on a base of Democracy, with Capitalism "fueling the fire", so to speak. This worked fine for the first 170 years before Liberalism slowly started to replace Federalism. Liberalism and Capitalism don't always work well together, especially as we approached our bicentennial and the Liberalism slowly started taking on a more Fascist tone.I think the biggest misconception about this poitical philosophy is the fact that many confuse Liberalism with a liberal idea. A liberal idea is essentially a call for radical change and really has nothing to do with ideology or any kind of political affiliation. For example: It may be hard to comprehend now, but for the first 144 years of our existence women could not vote in this... Read more

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    Wed Oct 03 2007

    I dunno, it seems like you ask a liberal why they are a liberal and what it means to be one and you can't get a straight answer. Its almost like they identify as one to not be one of those guys on the right. I still can't get one of those campus monster shouters to give a clean definition or reason for being one and all I get from the right is that its some form of mental illness. Now they got some good ideas like the polar opposite to them does and lately I've just been trying to go with whatever position on a given issue that I think makes good sense, but I also notice that since my version of sense goes with the right more than the left "liberals" relegate me to an evolutionary status somehow infreior to theirs, so I cannot bring myself to give this "liberalism" more than a two since its practitioners continue to judge me while claiming enlightenment.

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    Mon Oct 01 2007

    For Louie, 1.  I'm a liberal.  No one does my talking for me. 2.  I have plenty of ideologies, derived from ideas, which are for the most part--my own. 3.  I don't base anything on conspiracy--I prefer data, documentation, and fact.  On a side note, didn't the notion of Jesus start out as a conspiracy?  Or do we have proof of that?  Hmm. 4.  Fox news may be hurting CNN, but it cannot hold a  candle to Hardball.  And even Olberman is begining to trump Bill O'Lie-ly.  I better not say that too loud, or Billo might threaten to come to my home and kick my A**. Ha. 5.  I'm not a left radical tree hugger or whatever else generalization you made.  My ideas are more centrist.  www(dot)MathewRusso(dot)com.  One letter t is correct.  It stinks that you think you can damn all liberals on your warped views of them.  Your post is purely opinion, no sources, facts, or declarations of issue views.  Maybe -you- don't have any. : )  Your text comes off as if it were written by Rush Limbaugh--rat... Read more

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    Thu Aug 09 2007

    *Update* Some of the posts below can't even defend liberalism without having a video of someone else to do their talking for them.Ideologies are derived from ideas which the liberals have none of. At least they have no new ones or ones they truely care to tell the American people. Because if they were to tell the people their true agenda they know they would never even come close to winning another election. They base everything on conspiracy, and character attacks because they cannot beat the right-wing at the ballot box with their radical views. Why is Fox News crushing CNN in ratings? Why does Rush have 20 times the listeners than does Air America? Very simple, most people do not think like the radical left, tree hugger, wackos. They want to hear stimulating, thought provoking talk and not the same mindnumbing nonsense that the mainstream media offers. The media used to be able to sway people, but now there are too many outlets to what is really going on out there!!!

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    Sat Jun 23 2007

    I recommend reading this author's description of what liberalism is from a liberal's perspective.Thom Hartmann's Overview of Progressive Liberal values

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    Mon Apr 09 2007

    This is a brief movie of one of my favorite liberals, the highly-decorated, two-time Medal of Honor winner and genuine certified True American Hero, the Marine Corp General Smedley Darlington Butler -Now THIS  is "semper fidelis" EXEMPLIFIED.  In this case, it's not just a window-sticker on a pick-up truck to take-up some blank space beside the NRA sticker. This is what I'd call "Protecting the US Constitution from all enemies - both foreign AND DOMESTIC."The historic video of a fellow conspiracy theory nut, telling the truth and getting bashed for it.

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    Fri Mar 16 2007

    Liberals make speeches about global warming, but you don't see their 6 car motorcades of gas guzzling SUVs that drop them off. Liberals make a huge deal of Darfur but say we shouldn't be in Iraq. Think about that one. Liberals want to tax those who work and make more at a greater extent, so they can support those who don't work. Liberals want national healthcare, but WILL NOT pass a bill to link health insurance to tax cuts for families. In my opinion, Liberalism is just complete hypocracy in motion.

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    Sun Mar 11 2007

    Im pretty sure that the majority of our founding fathers did not believe in Liberalism but Conservatism.  Radical liberals are destroying the very foundation of what this country was built on!

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    Mon Mar 05 2007

    True liberalism can actually be a good thing. What it has turned into is a Marxist, NRDC style group that talks a lot about free speech yet forces political correctness on us. I f you look at what  liberalism truly is in the common idea of the American mind, it helps societies go above and beyond, and helps people get the liberties endowed to them. It gives us equal rights, dignity, liberty, happiness, and huminitarianism. Progressiveness. Only reason i give it 4 stars is because it is making a turn towards socialism and slicing up pieces of the constitution like in Animal Farm by George Orwell. JFK-One of the greatest presidents ever!!!

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    Tue Jan 30 2007

    It is true that liberalism, as it used in the 2007 American lexicon, has little if anything to do with the above definition. In fact, the modern American left forwards an agenda that is very nearly the antithesis of this. American leftists of today do not believe in progress- they live in the past, pining away for the good old days of "hell no we won't go". It is inconceivable that they believe in the goodness of the human race, as they thrive off of division and the victim mentality. They MOST CERTAINLY do not believe in the autonomy of the idividual. They forward an agenda that fosters the perceived need for big brother government, in which the only "good" is a supposed collective good. And finally, they only believe in civil liberties to the extent abortion can be used as a means of birth control and illegals can suck off of the American welfare system.

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    Thu Jan 11 2007

    Since Liberalism is so often misrepresented, it is worth repeating the definition quoted above: "A political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties." The idea of (non-material, long-term) progress and the essential goodness of the human race seems pretty doubtful to anyone familiar with human history in general and 20th history in particular. The autonomy of the individual and the protection of political and civil rights, on the other hand, are principles that nearly all Americans agree on. It is ironic that so many people attack Liberalism, when they are at least 50% Liberal themselves....To be fair, most criticism of contemporary Liberalism is directed at its overly confident belief in historical progress, and its misguided trust in general human goodness. Carried too far, such principles can lead to fraud, foolishness and even anarchy (... Read more

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    Wed Mar 15 2006

    If I were American, I would definitely be on the left side of what they call "liberalism". Unfortunately, this gets 1 star because the word "liberal" can refer to so many different ideologies in so many different jurisdictions that it is more or less useless without a qualifier like "social", "market", or "classical".

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    Mon Feb 20 2006

    To respond to Louiethe20th, conservatives are the primary consumers of television news. More conservatives watch not only Fox, but also MSNBC, and CNN, than liberals. Liberals have routinely identified their primary source of news as newspapers. You can draw your own conclusions about the cause and effect, but the fact is that 48 percent of the population voted for somebody who identified himself openly as a liberal, and 50 percent voted for someone who was pegged as a liberal in 2000 (though he didn't admit being one). That is the test of a political ideology, not consumption of infotainment. When liberals turn on the radio, they usually turn it on for music. When they watch TV (and according to the available, they don't watch as much TV as the rest of the country), they watch movies. Liberals aren't generally in the market for blather and gossip, whether they agree with it or not. Hence Air America's difficulties. We'd much rather listen to an interview by Terry Gross, or Pr... Read more

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    Fri Feb 17 2006

    TRUE liberalism(freedom of the press,respect for all people,economic freedom,religious liberty,etc)is a fine ideology.What I have a problem with is politically correct,neomarxist,quasi anti American bull hockey that a few left wing idiots pass off as enlightened thought.

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    Thu Jan 26 2006

    Far from perfect and needs to be held in check on occassion, but has led to just and necessary change on several issues facing society that fossilized ideology would rather ignore or pretend doesn't exist.

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    Thu Jan 26 2006

    "Not all 'liberal' ideas are evil and out of whack." True. Just 99% of them. "Liberalism is helpful to society because it is based on reason..." No, it is not based on reason. It is emotions-based. The person that made that statement doesn't understand what Liberalism is all about. Almost all liberal arguments are emotional, and that's partly why there are very few liberal columnists worth reading today. Have you read Maureen Dowd's column lately? Liberals like to throw names at the opposition, names such as "homophobe," "racist," "Cro-Magnon," etc. Name-calling ends the argument, and the Liberal walks away from it feeling morally superior and self-satisfied. Liberalism is the name-calling segment of the political spectrum, as well it should be because liberals are not rational. They cannot sustain a logical and well-reasoned debate. If anything, they are post-modernist ideologues that deny the existence of or possibility of knowing Truth. They are moral relativists who are morally ba... Read more

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    Wed Jan 18 2006

    The concept of liberalism has resulted in the greatest social advances in history. Minorities would still be in the kitchen, cotton fields or closets if it weren't for society accepting ideas that challenged their unjust perceptions of "normal" (Liberalism). Slaves would still serve under masters like dogs, and barbaric legal penalities would still be in place. It's understandable for a wealthy, white, Christian, English speaking male to be against liberalism in the current and past social climate as it threatens the dominance of this demographic. However without liberalism, there would be no constitution or renaissance and ignorance under the guise of 'tradition' would control our lives. If you were born a black gay woman, liberalism has given you your deserved equal rights and dignity.

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    Fri Dec 02 2005

    I tried to have a discussion with some self-described liberals about evolution. I agreed with them about evolution, as a matter of fact. But they couldn't discuss the theory of evolution without bringing up GW and the war in Iraq. It's like a doll where you pull the string in the back, and there are maybe 2 pre-recorded messages it says? "How about the president?" >"Bush lied people died!" "And the economy?" >"Attack Iraq? No!" "And evolution?" ">Bush lied people died!" sigh...

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    Fri Nov 25 2005

    What a bunch of pansies! If I could stomach the thought of raping the environment, sucking at the teat (that's right, I said teat!) of big business, and making sure your neighbor isn't some kind of pervert, I would make the glorious conversion from liberal to conservative. All seriousness aside, these are some of the stereotypes that some conservatives like to foster about liberals, rather than viewing them as usually rational beings who disagree with them because they have different but no less benevolent desires as themselves. Alas, many fellow liberals help to bring this upon us with their own stupid rhetoric. I've found that small groups of intelligent people can usually come to a good mutual agreement about a specific topic regardless of their political/moral bent. Unfortunately, our elected scumbags can't agree about squat because they are (a) stupid, and (b) unduly influenced by special interests. Go, Cowboys!

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    Sat Nov 19 2005

    Liberalism is helpful to society because it is based on reason and looks at all sides of the issue, unlike the Cro-Magnon conservatism so sadly evidenced in American politics today. LIberalism is also based on caring for one's fellow man, unlike Conservatism, which snarkily states, "What's yours is yours and what's mine is mine". The only reason I do not give Liberalism a 5-star rating is because Liberalism strives too hard to please,and requires a little more backbone.

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    Fri Nov 18 2005

    There are no liberals in America today. There are only those people who hate Bush so much they can hardly express themselves. No ideas, no innovations, no improvements. Only a group of ideologues willing to put forth anything they think will stick to the wall, regardless of its benefit or detriment to America as a whole, to attack Bush. Only hatred of one man and his agenda. They have no think tanks, no agenda, no list of goals or things they stand for. Only obstruction. I don't think it's helpful.

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    Wed Nov 16 2005

    Not all "liberal" ideas are evil and out-of-whack. Not all "conservative" ideas are backwards and outdated. When people start realizing this, maybe we can do something positive in this country.

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    Tue Nov 01 2005

    You know, I think that many criticisms here are unfair. For one, everyone seems to be lumping all liberals together as though we all act as a singular unit. Listen, Ann Coulter, who is probably one of the most right-wing people I know, doesn't speak for all conservatives! Is it not reasonable to also conclude that Michael Moore (who, in my opinion, is an extremist who makes other more moderate liberals look bad) doesn't speak for all liberals? Case in point: someone quoted Ann Coulter as saying something about abortion. I don't believe in abortion! I was formerly pro-choice, but when I thought about it, it didn't make sense that I'd be anti-war (mainly because of the killing of innocents that happens during a war) and pro-choice at the same time. Don't assume. Secondly, you all act as though it is only liberals who are hypocrites and political opportunists. Not true. Conservatives do NOT have a corner on the morals market; they are human beings and therefore equally susceptible to f... Read more

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    Mon Oct 31 2005

    Guilt-ridden capitalists who are to greedy and weak-willed to change it.

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    Tue Oct 18 2005

    Liberals wear many masks, but none as dangerous as the mask of virtue. (adapted by me from a Washington Irvin quote)

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    Thu Sep 15 2005

    This is a group that feels sorry for the terrorists we have in custody. Not all women are liberals, but all liberals are women. P.S. John Kerry is a pelican-faced Frankenstein.

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    Sun Aug 14 2005

    Do not take this word Liberalism to mean Libertarian or Democratic. It is merely a component of each of them. The biggest component. The worst one. I truly believe in individual and personal responsibility. Liberalim does not. It wants to hold the government responsible for providing for, teaching, and raising your children. How can they deny this? Liberals want the teachers to teach their children but not to punish them. They make no effort to teach their children self control, yet blame the schools for the child's behavior problems. They teach that it is wrong to spank a child but complain that the child misbehaves. The want to raise the minimum wage but complain when the cost of products go up because the companies have to offset their rising labor costs. They want federal funded medical care, yet complain that government run hospitals have a lower level of service than private facilities. Go figure..... Why do we not just go back to the old ways when your parents whipped your backs... Read more

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    Fri Jul 15 2005

    When did liberals get fixed with communists? I'm not working for the man. Wait a second I'll provide another fallacy for you, it's ripe too: Liberals are all libertines. And they're all elitist. Maybe, just maybe, they don't accept one way, as the only way. Maybe that's the entire premise. Progress is horrible isn't it? Let's stick doggedly to those 18th century philosophies. If anyone is going to protect free speech, it won't be the conservative.

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    Wed Jul 13 2005

    You know what, I love free speech and I feel everyone should have their say, including liberals. However, I have noticed a disturbing trend among them as of late that has probably always existed. On a number of internet message boards, I have been banned or humiliated by moderators for my moderate/conservative views. When I was at the University of Michigan, I was at first a Democrat until I found much reason to disagree with the liberal consensus at that university. Nevertheless, my POV was not welcome in class. I find many liberals elitist and condescending to poor people, highly contradictory to their beliefs. They were not nice to others, even in their own town. They found reason to howl against the Iraq and Afghan wars, even though it fit in with their humanitarian efforts. Needless to say, I think liberalism as of right now is pathetic. They are the biggest threat to free speech our country has ever had. The DNC needs to change before I support them again, because if anyone think... Read more

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    Thu Jul 07 2005

    liberalism: n. A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual and favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority; tolerant and free of bigotry............... Sounds great to me. Of course, there are extreme liberals who take things way to far and give the whole idea a bad name. True liberalism, at least in my opinion. Is being tolorant to anything and everything, as long as nobody is being victimized. That included religion. Liberalism DOES NOT mean devoid of religion, not in the least. Some people, even those who practice liberalism, take it that way. But that isn't how it is. Lincoln was a liberal.

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    Thu Jun 02 2005

    A political philosophy flawed by unintended consequences. There are some rational, level-headed liberals out there who are open to divergence of opinion. However, most have become seething Bush-bashing vitriolic-spewing haters of true free speech. Just LISTEN to Hillary Clinton, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, et al. Oh, theyll preach tolerance, diversity and compassion. But that appears only to apply to skin color, sexuality and non-European cultures. Challenge their points of view on subjects such as religion, homosexuality, patriotism or morals and see how tolerant most are. If you dont believe like they do, act like they do, dress like they do and live where they do youre either ignorant, hateful, a red-neck, a racist a homophobe or worst of all a Christian. 21st century American liberalism is Orwellian in nature. Its always been socialist in basic belief, but it's now evolved into communism-light.

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    Mon May 23 2005

    There are naturally good things about liberals and bad things about liberals. I generally view liberals as people with good intentions that sometimes don't worry about results. They want to give mothers the right to choose, all the while forgetting that they are killing a child (logic tells me from the moment of conception the child has it's own DNA strand, so it's not hers to kill). They want to give the guilty the right to live, all the while forgetting that that person denied someone else that right. They want to give to the poor, all the while making others poor as well through high taxes (even if you somehow only taxed the rich, they'll hire less people if they are heavily taxed). I don't want to live a life where everyone is equally miserable. I want to be given the chance to achieve something great. Everyone should be given equal oppurtunity, not forced into an equal result.

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    Thu Mar 31 2005

    justice, compassion, equality and freedom is what liberalism stands for at its core. govt should be involved in promoting these values. however one would never know that from listening to the all too present right wing haters out there.

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    Mon Jan 24 2005

    Classic liberalism involves the elevation of reason over dogma. The biggest problem with too many modern liberals is that they have forgotten (if they ever knew) this foundation.

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    Sun Jan 23 2005

    Neither liberalism nor conservatism can be maintained for long periods of time. Liberalism is similar to nihilism, in that it wants to do away with anything 'established' and any traditions in favour of reform and new ideas, because, as GC Lichtenberg said, I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is that things must change if they are to get better. The problem is that sometimes a society isn't ready for change, or a change can be so drastic that society needs some time to adjust, and this is where a conservative period is necessary to counter-balance a period of liberalism.

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    Fri Jan 07 2005

    Tough a good philosophy at the core. Liberalism has in many ways lost sight of the core philosophy, which is partially the reason of its decreased popularity. Whilst it does not hold the last word in economic matters (no philosophy does as economy is dynamic and thus requires a careful adaptive handling rather then adherence to any singular basic political view.) Liberalism, with its love for the equality of human beings and their right to pursuit of happiness IS a good philosophy. It is often associated with impopular concepts such as political correctness, which it has partially embraced, even though this is an anti-liberal concept. (Freedom of speech should be fundamental, if people say unacceptable things, it will only render them unacceptable, but they must have the right to say it. And therefor be seen as what they are.) And much as the radical-right seems to have a frightening influence on the conservatives, so did some radical-left views occasionally enter into mainstream liber... Read more

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    Mon Nov 22 2004

    Personaly, i wish that this whole liberal conservative left wing right wing thing would just end. It divides our country more so than the mississippi river, race, and income. the word is used wrong, and all these half minded people that keep saying liberal as a bad word should really look it up on, its not a bad word at all, in fact, if everybody were a liberal as the dictionary defines it, we would be a damn near perfect world. People think that liberals aren't religious and that conservatives are hard core christians, THEY'RE BOTH WRONG!!! most liberals do practice religion and faith, and most conservatives do do other things besides pray and throw bibles at anybody they don't like. this is just ridiculouse people!!!

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    Mon Nov 22 2004

    Liberalism is a failed ideology and the problem is facts are talking but theyre not hearing! One of the most ironic scenarios in all political discourse is how liberal academics dismiss conservative viewpoints out of hand. You see these, the enlightened geniuses of our campuses and media, are the beholders of knowledge you cannot comprehend or at best not made yourself privy to. I cannot tell you how many liberal professors have suggested that I read this or that particular author of their liking (usually some quasi-Marxist)- I mean, that would surely set me straight, right? You see, the irony is they actually cant hear me when Im speaking or writing. Nor can they hear any other conservative. Theyre brains are hard-wired and fixed to a perception of the world that extends their empiricism into a vastly complex deontological ideology. When data is submitted contrary to their lexicon there exists an outer worldly rectification of such data or one is created (see: theories the civi... Read more

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    Sat Oct 30 2004

    One definition of liberal on Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary is an advocate or adherent of liberalism especially in individual rights. Liberals realize how important it is to protect people's essential civil liberties and believe that the oppressed and those being discriminated against should have rights. We think that everyone is equal. You would find that a surprising number of Americans lean more to the left than to the right. It shows how far things have gone that George Bush and others use liberal like it's fascist. They just don't believe in everyone being free and having equal rights.