Posted 11 years ago on Nov. 12, 2011, 10:48 p.m. EST by looselyhuman
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...to understand what we liberals are really about, in our own words. You don't let other people define what you believe, do you? Let me tell you what I believe instead of you assuming you know. Hate me, if you must, for what I am, not what I'm not (a socialist). We also go by progressive, which is probably a better term considering the below, but, I still self-identify as "liberal."
Liberalism is also not:
Neoliberalism - which is really more like economic libertarianism combined with state power to implement "free markets" a la Milton Friedman. It's governments pushing the corporate agenda while bending over the people. I believe OWS, at its core, is fundamentally a protest against neoliberalism. Protests elsewhere in the world explicitly are against it. We just don't know the term and don't have a good way to reference what we're against. Learn it.
"Classical liberalism" - a term adopted by libertarians here at home, and very similiar to neoliberalism. The difference is that "classical liberal" libertarians tend to be more principled. Where neoliberals are all about small government, privatization, and austerity for the working class, but corporate welfare, bailouts, socialized losses and privatized gains for corporations and the wealthy, "classical liberal" libertarians tend to be more consistent about everyone being on their own - austerity/dog-eat-dog/darwinism for all. Principles. Gotta love them.
Learning is good.
For more on neoliberalism, check out "Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein which has been made into a movie and is free online: http://vimeo.com/14847387
Or just check its wiki entry, which is so/so: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism