Are We Liberals Or Progressives?
Saw this on Atrios. It’s an item by Matthew Yglesias in The Atlantic about why “liberal” is better than “progressive.” “Progressive” doesn’t really bother me, in spite of its colorful etymology. I reclaim the word “liberal” simply because I don’t like what the right-wing bastards have done to it. It’s not theirs to own in the first place.
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“Liberal”…is an important term with a noble history and a contested legacy. I think the notion that something like contemporary American liberalism is, in fact, the correct instantiation of the historic liberal project for our times is a proposition that’s worth fighting for.
Copyright 2008 Liberaland