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ButchBrewBaker October 25th, 2014 12:29pm

Which type of liberal is intellectually superior to the other, social liberal or classical liberal?

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Arananthi Literal Ninja
10/25/14 7:44 am

There is no superiority to be had. Classical liberals were the best we had during the Civil War era. Social liberals are the best we have now. In a few decades, ppl will be complaining about some new title of liberal, because there's always someone

Arananthi Literal Ninja
10/25/14 7:45 am

who looks backwards and says "things were better X years ago," never realizing that the reason we got from feudal tyranny and theocratic overlords to whatever we had X years ago was because of the tireless efforts of whatever liberals they had then.

Arananthi Literal Ninja
10/25/14 7:47 am

And then there's the real twist: whatever was liberal several decades ago is, by definition, conservative day. There's a reason we call them 'progressives' - because they're the people who aren't happy with what we had. Conservatives want to go back.

susanr Colorado
10/25/14 8:31 am

Way better than I would have said it. It's just not a matter of intellectual superiority.

FacePalm That Trick Never Works
10/25/14 8:34 pm

Ditto, susanr. Well articulated Aranathi!

AbandonedAccnt Not here.
10/25/14 9:51 am

Conservatives used to be called liberals.

Rotavele Alabama
10/25/14 5:32 am

Classical Liberals were smart in their times, but we've advanced past that now. Abe Lincoln is a good example of a Classical Liberal. The Nordic Nations ran by social democrats are examples of today's social liberals. Though there's been horrible

Rotavele Alabama
10/25/14 5:32 am

Examples as both as well. I guess it just depends on the context.