The term liberal is very loosely defined these days. Some would describe someone as liberal if they are politically conservative, or even radical. Others may define a “liberal” as anyone who does not belong to the Republican Party. Still others might use the word to refer to people with rich parents or people of wealthy backgrounds.
Regardless, it seems like the definition of what it means to be called a “Liberal” is in constant flux.
Political affiliation is one of the most important factors in determining how much empathy you have for other people. If you don’t understand why someone else disagrees with you, then you can’t expect them to agree with you.
This is especially true when it comes to politics. We all have different opinions that we believe will make us happy, so arguing about which ones are best requires lots of energy you could instead spend trying to enjoy your life.
It’s hard to enjoy yourself when you’re busy debating whether or not someone is right or wrong. So, being more open-minded is probably your best bet.
I am slightly liberal
According to most surveys, people consider themselves moderate or conservative. Moderate means closer to the middle, and conservatives are just like “well, everything should be controlled by corporations” and other such clichés.
So what is considered liberal then? Well, according to some sources, it has something do with social justice. Justice for who? Some say minorities, others women, and all of these get special attention from society.
This seems reasonable because even though not every person in this world is like “control your gender!” there are many that are very sexist, racist, and otherwise bigoted. There are also many cases where large companies make too much money so someone starts an alternative company to compete with them and take their business.
This creates more opportunities for people outside of the rich already established groups, which is what we refer to as social justice. It is giving everyone a chance to have better lives than those before.
I am moderate liberal
There are two main branches of liberalism- social liberals and economic liberals. Social liberals believe in strong government regulation, open borders, and an increased welfare state. They also tend to be more compassionate and understanding of other people.
Economic liberals prioritize lower taxes over high quality public services. These individuals are usually supportive of free market capitalism and entrepreneurship.
There are some traits that sit at the heart of every major branch of liberalism. Liberals value equality — not only for what group you are comparing yourself to, but also for individual members within each group.
Liberals also value freedom- not just from external forces (such as governments or ideologies), but also internal ones (like beliefs and habits).
I am moderate
There are two main types of liberals in our country- those who identify as very liberal and conservatives, or moderate, depending on what area of politics they consider themselves to be in.
The term “liberal” has changed meaning over time. In the 18th century it meant someone that wanted limited monarchy and representative government with religious freedom. These people were usually pro-capitalist, socially liberal (open to changing social norms), and considered minorities rights essential.
19th century liberals fought for women’s right to vote, racial equality, and economic liberties like capitalism and small business regulation.
In the 20th century, liberalism took on more socialist ideas such as free public education, health care, and an end to income inequality.
Today, many refer to themselves as progressives which is just another word for liberal. Progressives believe in civil liberties, individualism, and democracy but also strive towards greater societal equity through policies like raising the minimum wage and paid vacations.
Overall, there isn’t really one defining feature of being a liberal anymore. What people call themselves depends on where they fall on the political spectrum.
I am slightly conservative
Even though I mentioned earlier that people with low levels of conservatism have easy access to guns, this doesn’t mean they don’t feel some strong emotions about them.
In fact, many conservatives are very emotional when it comes to firearms. Some go so far as to describe themselves as “gun nuts.”
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can make it hard to convince them that things like gun control laws makes sense.
I am conservative
There are two main groups that make up the political spectrum- conservatives and liberals. Conservatives believe in smaller government, individual responsibility, strong national security, free market economics, and moral values. Liberals believe in bigger governments, collective responsibility, less nationalism, weak economic systems, and non-moral values.
While there is no one definition of what it means to be a liberal or a conservative, most people associate liberalism with things like social justice, equality, and freedom for everyone. That includes giving more rights to women, minorities, LGBT individuals, and others who may not have as many opportunities in life due to past inequalities.
Liberals also believe in humanitarianism – acting out of compassion and sympathy towards other people. This can include helping those in poorer countries get the needed resources to live a better life.
Conservatives, however, believe in only helping others if they are equally able to help themselves first. They will withhold their aid until they see an effort being made to improve your own situation.
There is some debate over whether someone could actually tell how much of either ideology a person has.
I am very liberal
As a person, you are either more liberal or conservative depending on how much freedom you enjoy in this country. If you believe that every individual has an equal right to live their life as they choose, then you are liberal. On the other hand, if you feel like you have to be careful about what you do because people around you don’t agree with your choices, then you are conservative.
When it comes down to it, being liberal means having a open mind and accepting things even if you don’t totally agree with them. Being conservative is also having an open mind but instead of agreeing with things, you are thinking about ways to prove why these ideas aren’t good for people and the world.
This article will talk more in depth about some concepts related to liberalism.
I am very conservative
As you can tell, I really don’t like most things about this term. ‘Conservative’ is usually used to describe people who enjoy spending money, especially other peoples’ money, but are too afraid of death to put themselves in potential danger.
It is kind of ironic then that my personal style includes wearing tight leather pants with a fur coat! (I know, not exactly typical conservatives). But I have to say, it works for me.
And while some may consider myself overly-materialistic, I actually prefer having lots of stuff rather than being focused on just one thing. My house was built with plenty of space, so I appreciate that feeling.
In fact, when I travel, I always make sure I have my own room so I can relax and focus without distractions.
I am an independent
There is no clear definition of what it means to be labeled as liberal or conservative. What people call “liberal” these days are mostly influenced by their political beliefs.
People who describe themselves as liberals tend to want more government intervention in business, society, and life. These interventions can include giving out free health care, offering education programs that focus on teaching social concepts such as tolerance and diversity, and paying for expensive housing or food.
Overall, liberals like to think that governments should help make sure everyone has adequate resources to live a good life. This includes helping individuals and groups with their financial situations, educating students, and ensuring citizens have access to healthcare.
Conservatives believe that too much regulation is bad because it costs money to implement and maintain those regulations. They also may not agree with some of the goals that politicians promote with their policies.