from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The state or quality of being liberal.
- 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.
- n. The tenets or policies of a Liberal party.
- n. An economic theory in favor of laissez-faire, the free market, and the gold standard.
- n. A 19th-century Protestant movement that favored free intellectual inquiry, stressed the ethical and humanitarian content of Christianity, and de-emphasized dogmatic theology.
- n. A 19th-century Roman Catholic movement that favored political democracy and ecclesiastical reform but was theologically orthodox.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The quality of being liberal.
- n. Any political movement founded on the autonomy and personal freedom of the individual, progress and reform, and government by law with the consent of the governed.
- n. An economic theory in favour of laissez faire and the free market.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Liberal principles; the principles and methods of the liberals in politics or religion; specifically, the principles of the Liberal party.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Liberal principles; the principles or practice of liberals; freedom from narrowness or bigotry, especially in matters of religion or politics.
- n. Specifically, the political principles of a Liberal party.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an economic theory advocating free competition and a self-regulating market
- n. a political orientation that favors social progress by reform and by changing laws rather than by revolution
The danger of decay in liberalism is greatest when the response of the liberal to the issues of the day is so automatic that it is predictable.
There was this pretense to liberalism, I mean even in '38 when the people went to the Southern Conference they were able to draw a crowd of fifteen hundred people there and use the term liberalism in a fairly non-threatening way.
In general the term liberalism has been debated and critiqued hundreds of times, but generally from the left.
When I began my life in politics, those values went by the name liberalism.
Or the implication that her liberalism is a negative?
However what you call liberalism is no that at all.
Rather, as I will try to show, many of the ideas and impulses that inform what we call liberalism come to us through an intellectual tradition that led directly to fascism.
The fact that it now sounds odd, and it does to me and I think of myself as a thoroughly social liberal, is an indication that any change in "liberalism" towards a minimalist state position has been in recent decades, rather than as the re-writers like to allege, that "social liberals" are recent usurpers in some long history of liberalism meaning what they would like it to mean.
But when you discuss schools, bussing, tent city, infrastructure, and auditing with them, you quickly realize that their 'liberalism' is a lot more focused on issues that _should_ be irrelevant in a city election: gay rights, whales, abortion, repeat the third thing, etc.
His "liberalism" is not instinctive; he started out as an Owenite SDP councillor.