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Wed Oct 14, 2015, 08:19 PM

"Liberal" isn't a dirty word anymore

"Liberal" isn't a dirty word anymore

by Matthew Yglesias at Vox

http://www.vox.com/2015/10/13/9518971/liberals-poll

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For as long as I've been alive, one of the great asymmetries of American politics has been that mainstream Republican Party politicians proudly call themselves "conservative" whereas Democratic Party standard-bearers are reluctant to wear the "liberal" label.

But this chart from the Pew Center indicates that the time may be right for a change with self-identified liberals now outnumbering self-identified moderates among rank-and-file Democrats, we should expect to see more Democratic elected officials coming out as liberals.

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You could easily imagine this becoming a spiral of liberalism, since politicians' reluctance to self-identify as liberal was both a cause and a consequence of the term's unpopularity among the mass public. A generation or two of Democrats have "learned" from the likes of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama that you can favor stricter environmental and public health regulation, higher taxes, and a more generous welfare state without necessarily being a liberal. But if more people call themselves liberals, then more politicians will call themselves liberals too. Which will "teach" more constituents that, yes, they are liberals after all. And that, in turn, will further drive change in how politicians self-identify.


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Oct 14, 2015, 08:24 PM

1. I always describe myself as a liberal.

Many of my friends do, also.

Yes, it would be refreshing for politicians to embrace the term as well!

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Wed Oct 14, 2015, 08:38 PM

2. It was always an 'in your face' challenge when I said it in my youthful exuberance.

That's why I liked it.

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Wed Oct 14, 2015, 09:12 PM

3. with a proud democratic socialist running for president

it should be safe to say liberal now

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