Eleanor Bartow has published an insightful article at The Federalist entitled They Are Intolerant, Divisive, And Anti-Liberty — Call Them Leftists, Not Liberals. “Democrats have moved so far to the left in recent years that they should no longer be called ‘liberals,'” she writes. “The term is misleading, giving the impression that Democrats support individual freedoms and accept people of different viewpoints, when increasingly they do not.”
As I have often said, in referring to my defense of the “liberal” arts, the word has the same Latin root as “liberty,” referring to freedom. Even today, “liberal economics” refers to a belief in free markets, not, as one might expect from self-described “liberal politicians,” a government-controlled economy funding social programs for all.