A lot of commenters are drawing a distinction between "liberal" and "left". Liberal/conservative differ on government size, and problem solving (seek new as opposed to applying old).
Left brings in intolerance, violence, censorship, and destruction of a wide range of existing structures--societal and physical.
@vandys The right do that as well when you take it to its extremes. All the same elements are there except they're being done for different reasons and by different entities.
@vandys Mind you.. I'm just spewing what I'm thinking--and I'm not a historian or a political scientist. It's just how I see it.
"To be a liberal means to believe in human freedom. It means to believe in human beings. ...cherishes freedom of speech, freedom of conscience and freedom of action, limited by only one thing: the protection of the freedom of others". ~Dorothy Thompson, Political Guide: A Study of American Liberalism and Its Relationship to Modern Totalitarian States, 1938
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