Here I'm talking to the Glenn Greenwald liberals. I've always considered myself a liberal, although the libertarian label fits better considering what liberals now represent and support. I am a classical liberal, but I have nothing against conservatives -- it's just I don't consider myself conservative. I explained this in a post awhile back, but it doesn't seem satisfactory. I'm conservative when it comes to conserving the Constitution and laissez faire government, but those are things of the past, so I'm more of a revolutionary, fighting for the implementation of a limited government and a free market. I would say I could be called a reactionary, but it's been so long since limited government and a free market were principles to be conserved, it's like I'm fighting for something brand new.
I'm not a libertine. I live a pretty boring life, although for awhile I was pretty wild. Once I gained self-esteem, I stopped slowly destroying myself. I'm liberal in the sense I think people should live their lives according to their own values and morals as long as they aren't violating the rights of others. I would never think of trying to enforce my morals on anyone else, but I would discuss my values and morals with anyone willing to discuss them.
I grew up around liberal people, but I don't recognize liberalism today. Liberals in the late sixties, the seventies and into the eighties were not statists. The liberals I grew up with distrusted government authority figures, even though they saw government as necessary to protect our rights, the law and our country. How liberals now can go along with the Progressive agenda is beyond me. I think liberals have been misled by the media and State education, but maybe they're sincerely supportive of Progressive, statist goals. If they really do support Progressives, I don't know how they call themselves liberals.
How can someone be a liberal and not support economic freedom and individual rights? Do Liberals really want to follow Progressives down the interventionist, centrally planned road?