I don’t care if that’s “what everyone calls them,” or what you’ve “always heard them called,” or “what they call themselves.”
As a *classical liberal, just stop.
What they mean by calling themselves “liberal” is that in their mind, they’re “enlightened,” and “modern,” and “on the right side” of history – a “history” they imagine will be written in the books of tomorrow, not the actual history of the past they have no respect or use for – and in all of those terms it is important to note in a binary, and comparative sense of the word. They see the word only as a team name for their “side.” As mutable, changing with the times, and malleable, sculpted into their likeness. Binary: only two, with or against. Comparative: with “liberal” being the flip-side of the “conservative” side of the coin, with “enlightened” as opposed to “backward” (or “deplorable”), “modern” as compared to obsolete and out-of-date. You’ll notice they project every quality they don’t want to own; that whatever they don’t want said of them, they say of the other side. They do not mean open minded, or tolerant, or mean or know anything about what makes a liberal. Because of this lack of understanding, the irony of calling themselves “liberal” while being illiberal, unempathetic and incurious is lost on them.
- I am not a conservative nor a Republican