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Is there a difference between being liberal and being progressive?

  1. andrew savage profile image60
    andrew savageposted 4 years ago

    Is there a difference between being liberal and being progressive?

  2. Attikos profile image80
    Attikosposted 4 years ago

    About thirty years ago, the term "progressive" was brought into American popular parlance as a replacement for the discredited "liberal." In public speech they are synonyms. That was the intention at the time. Arguments about differences in their meanings are either semantic nit picking or academic exercises, depending on the context.

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      retief2000posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Progressive was a popular term at the beginning of the previous century to describe those who believed, as progressives and liberals do now, that a powerful government is the best government.

    2. d.william profile image63
      d.williamposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      U R in error. Libs don't believe in big gov. They do believe in efficient gov., but congress can't seem 2 get it together 2 make gov more efficient so they just keep blaming it on each other.  Powerful is another story altogether. Both agree on that

    3. Attikos profile image80
      Attikosposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Today's liberal political groups advocate nothing but big government. An idealistically defined "liberal", the word disconnected from popular speech and the reality of politics, may not believe in it, but liberals do in fact promote and create it.

    4. d.william profile image63
      d.williamposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      spoken like a true tea party member.  You could not be further from the truth.

    5. Attikos profile image80
      Attikosposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Your position, then, is that liberals had nothing to do with the construction of the regulatory state? They fought it all the way as them eevul tea party members stripped America of liberty? Oookaaay ...

 
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