In my ongoing posts about language and subjectivity (which have been great so far) I wonder... What is your definition a political "liberal"?
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"Liberal" means something different on the two sides of the Atlantic. In the US, as I understand it, "liberal" is generally equated with "left-leaning". Here in continental Europe, left parties (and individuals) are usually called Social Democrats or Socialists. For example you've got the Partie Socialiste in France, the Sozialdemokratische Partei in Germany, the Partido Socialista in Spain or the Socialdemokraterne in Denmark. In some countries, they've also retained their original names from the 19th century, when communist movements were very strong. This can be seen in the Norwegian Arbeiderpartiet or the Dutch Partij van de Arbeid (or also the British Labour Party).
Contrary to America, a liberal in Europe is usually conservative in economic matters but relaxed about social matters. Europeans liberals usually fight for low taxes for large enterprises, tax breaks for the rich, privatization, free and globalized markets - but also gay rights, decriminalization of (soft) drugs, an open-mindedness towards modern medical techniques of reproduction (to help people with disabilities have healthy children) etc..
I think what comes closest to a European liberal in the US would be a libertarian. European liberals are usually center-right to right-wing.2