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Is There A Difference In Meaning Between The Word Liberal or Progressive?

Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/08/10 19:07:19
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If so what is the difference? If they are the same, why did the name Liberal get changed to Progressive?
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  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/08/10 21:18:40 (edited)
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    A lot of our current political labels are incorrectly used. What most people incorrectly call a "liberal" is actually a Progressive. A libertarian is closer to the classic definition of being "liberal."
  • Nam Era... Beat Ma... 2012/08/10 21:57:15
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Okay I think I am beginning to put all these together and get a better view
    thanks
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2012/08/10 20:02:13
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    A progressive is a liberal too stupid to know he's a liberal
  • Nam Era... Bill ~P... 2012/08/10 21:57:04
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    Okay thanks
  • Simmering Frog - PHART 2012/08/10 19:13:33 (edited)
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    Yes. "Liberal" in the classic sense refers to an individual who wants to be liberated from oppressive government. Today's conservatives were the actual liberals during the 1960s. Progressives on the other hand want greater government involvement in our lives (from the government being in the bedroom with government paid condoms to DMV style healthcare). Progressives didn't like being called liberals up until a few years ago because they were uncomfortable with the word "liberty" so they switched it to progressive. Note that the word progressive implies "progress" however these people are regressing toward a totalitarian state which is the actual opposite of progress.

    Ironically, Obama ran as a liberal but he rules (literally) like a progressive.
  • Nam Era... Simmeri... 2012/08/10 21:56:51
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    Okay I think I am beginning to put all these together and get a better view
    thanks
  • The Elitist Libtard SodaJerk 2012/08/10 19:10:39
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    Liberals as a term has meant people who were politically on the side of the loosest regulations and most freedom for individuals. In the USA it has become more closely associated with those who promote looser laws and fewer regulations, but more taxation and government services. Concerns associated with liberals in the US today would include immigration, education, the housing crisis, the environment, and equal rights. The Democratic party is generally thought of as the liberal party of the USA, however there are members who are significantly more liberal than others.

    Progressive usually refers to those who advocate modernizing, changing and reforming the system. The opposite would be traditionalist or conservatives. There have been progressive parties, and there have been many people & laws & technologies referred to as progressive. The progressive movement can best be characterized by a view toward the future, and reforming outmoded laws/technologies/systems. It has often been tied to human rights, and global equality, but is not centralized so there is no set definition. People can frequently be typified as both liberal & progressive. In the US today concerns associated with progressives would include the environment, education, technology, corporate accountability, privacy and election law.
  • Nam Era... The Eli... 2012/08/10 21:56:37
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    Okay I think I am beginning to put all these together and get a better view
    thanks
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/08/10 19:07:50
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    I really don't know. That is why I'm asking.

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