[Ads-l] More on "liberal"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 2 22:05:44 UTC 2015


It's curious that "progressive" has become a more broadly acceptable word than "liberal."  I think a few decades ago "progressive" had Communist connotations and was a more loaded term than "liberal" was.

Fred Shapiro



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According to historian Douglas Brinkley on CNN, "Most Democrats prefer to
be called 'progressives' now, rather than 'liberals.'"

So the demonization is poised to take final hold.

JL

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