"Peter" has some thoughts on Liberalism.
It is the tragedy and travesty of our time that there is no other word in common usage for this evil ideology, that they high-jacked the BEST word in political philosophy to come along in the past 300 years and applied it to the WORST ideology ever.
The thinkers and writers who gave us the Scottish Enlightenment were LIBERALS. The founding fathers of this country, who put that ideology into practice, were LIBERALS. Jefferson, Madison, Washington, Franklin, Adams, Hamilton, etc., were LIBERALS. The ideology that they fought for, the ideology that has inspired similar revolutions against tyranny all over the world, the ideology of LIBERTY, was what we used to call LIBERALISM.
But today we have no choice but to use that formerly sacred word as the label for its exact OPPOSITE.
We all should stop using that word in that way. A more correct name for that evil ideology is PROGRESSIVISM, which is the arrogant notion that society "progresses" from individual liberty, individual rights and individual responsibility to collectivism, group rights and "social justice." THAT is the path to totalitarian dictatorship, whether you call it the welfare state, the mixed economy, fascism, socialism or communism.
There is nothing "liberal" about that path or the intermediate stops along the way to its ultimate end.
I recently saw a better definition for Liberalism: Moochers electing looters to steal from producers.