Yep, the name’s a little deceiving. The word liberal origins from the word liberty, so you’d think one of their primary focuses would be promoting liberty, but instead they put all effort into social welfare programs, the horror of the gender wage gap and climate change.
To truly engage in the knowledge of this topic, we’ll have to look at Liberalism in the past. The intial form of Liberalism was much different then it is now. A liberal used to be a person who advocated for a limited government, and wanted them to stay out of private business and the economy. This philosophy is now known as “Classical Liberalism” as the Mises Institute reports,
“”Classical liberalism” is the term used to designate the ideology advocating private property, an unhampered market economy, the rule of law, constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and of the press, and international peace based on free trade. Up until around 1900, this ideology was generally known simply as liberalism. The qualifying “classical” is now usually necessary”
Any liberal you meet nowadays will not stand for these principles. They want the government interfering with individuals and private businesses. They want to limit free speech in order to prevent offending anyone. This is not promoting liberty by any means. It is only harming it. Let’s look at a definition of liberty from Oxford Dictionaries,
“The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behaviour, or political views.”
Liberals are promoting a government to place oppressive restrictions on the American economy. I can tag this back to my most recent post, “The dying American dream” where I talked about this subject. When we place laws on small businesses we are restricting them from having a thriving business, and when we place unnecessary laws on individuals we are restricting them from constitutional and God-given rights. I encourage you to chime in with your opinion. In the end I think it’s obvious that people who lean towards a more free society will promote liberty far more then people who want Government stepping in with our day to day lives.
The Mises Institute, https://www.mises.org/library/what-classical-liberalism, Ralph Raico, 8/16/10
Oxford Dictionaries, https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/liberty