open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
“they have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people”
(of education) concerned mainly with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training.
synonyms: wide-ranging, broad-based, general
“a liberal education”
a person of liberal views.
‘Liberal’ shares a root with ‘liberty’ and can mean anything from “generous” to “loose” to “broad-minded.” Politically, it means ““a person who believes that government should be active in supporting social and political change.”
Liberal can be traced back to the Latin word liber (meaning “free”), which is also the root of liberty (“the quality or state of being free”) and libertine (“one leading a dissolute life”). However, we did not simply take the word liber and make it into liberal; our modern term for the inhabitants of the leftish side of the political spectrum comes more recently from the Latin liberalis, which means “of or constituting liberal arts, of freedom, of a freedman.”
We still see a strong connection between our use of the word liberal and liber in the origins of liberal arts. In Latin, liber functioned as an adjective, to describe a person who was “free, independent,” and contrasted with the word servus (“slavish, servile”). T
holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
synonyms: traditionalist, traditional, conventional, orthodox, old-fashioned, dyed-in-the-wool, hidebound, unadventurous, set in one’s ways; More
a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes, typically in relation to politics.
synonyms: right-winger, reactionary, rightist, diehard.
a : the principles and policies of a Conservative party
b : the Conservative party
2a : disposition in politics to preserve what is established
b : a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change
specifically : such a philosophy calling for lower taxes, limited government regulation of business and investing, a strong national defense, and individual financial responsibility for personal needs (such as retirement income or health-care coverage)
3 : the tendency to prefer an existing or traditional situation to change
a person who advocates or practices socialism.
synonyms: left-wing, progressive, leftist, labor, anti-corporate, antiglobalization; More
adhering to or based on the principles of socialism.
“the history of socialist movement”
1 : any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
2a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property
b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
3 : a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
a wealthy person who uses money to invest in trade and industry for profit in accordance with the principles of capitalism.
“the creation of the factory system by nineteenth-century capitalists”
synonyms: financier, investor, industrialist; More
practicing, supporting, or based on the principles of capitalism.
: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
Before white America started feeling itself out as the youngest nation on the planet, there were philosophers who existed long before Europe knew what philosophy was. We are just now getting to the point where we start to look Beyond America in order to figure out where we fit into the timelines of Earth history.
These words, socialist and liberal
… are not bad words, nor are they anything for any American citizen to be ashamed of, afraid of, or shy away from.
Most white Americans who spew these words actually use them in a racist manner, as in “YOU” liberals love to give away OUR stuff for free and “YOU” socialists believe in not working or earning anything. “You people think you are entitled to OUR hard-earned capital gains.”
When they say “liberal” and “socialist” these days, it is a substitute word for “you niggers” who think you are entitled to everything WE own, for free.
If you mention that if their ancestors had not entitled themselves to our ancestor’s labor for free, none of this would have happened…they then tell you to stop talking about ‘the past.’
Not THEIR past…YOURS.
If you are what they refer to as a “liberal” in the political sense, your ideas are as good as -if not better than- theirs. Keep doing what you do. If you are what they refer to as a “liberal” in the racist sense, then you are always going to be better than them.
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