Comments: That Liberal Thing

The word "liberal" may be doomed. The Right did such a fantastic job of convincing people who are feminists to reject the label, of course they will use the same tactic on "liberal".

Posted by Amanda at August 9, 2004 09:27 AM

That's quite possible. If so, I'd like to see the same thing happen to the word, "conservative" in this country.

Especially since my position is that the Republican Party's current leadership has about as much to do with real conservative values as I do with mulch (i.e., vaguely aware of its existence but not sure what it's made of).

It's also possible, of course, that the words "liberal" and "conservative" have outlived their usefulness as identifiers of the two main political wings in this country. As issues and beliefs shift, it may be that we need to redefine what it means to be "Democrat" or "Republican."

Posted by Anne at August 9, 2004 10:52 AM