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09-30-2008, 09:30 PM

Liberal - Oxford Version
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) indicates that the word liberal has long been in the English language with the meanings of "befitting free men, noble, generous" as in liberal arts; also with the meaning "free from restraint in speech or action", as in liberal with the purse, or liberal tongue, usually as a term of reproach but, beginning 1776–88 imbued with a more favorable sense by Edward Gibbon and others to mean "free from prejudice, tolerant."
The first English language use to mean "tending in favor of freedom and democracy," according to the OED, dates from about 1801 and comes from the French libéral, "originally applied in English by its opponents (often in Fr. form and with suggestions of foreign lawlessness)." An early English language citation: "The extinction of every vestige of freedom, and of every liberal idea with which they are associated."
Some Liberal PMs of Grate Britain are -William Ewart Gladstone ; Herbert Henry Asquith ; David Lloyd George.
The official party evolved into the Liberal Democrats
L Liberalism United States Version

A liberal in USA is someone who makes FOX News commentators violently ill vomit and suffer exploding blood vessels from uncontrolled rage.
But some other commentators say that liberalism in the United States includes both a "laissez-faire" form and a "government intervention" form. He holds that liberalism in the United States is aimed toward achieving "equality of opportunity for all" but it is the means of achieving this that changes depending on the circumstances. Theodore Roosevelt and his New Nationalism, Woodrow Wilson and his New Freedom, and Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal created three reform periods that saw the emergence of the conception of a social welfare state, in which the national government had the express obligation to maintain high levels of employment in the economy, to supervise standards of life and labor, to regulate the methods of business competition, and to establish comprehensive patterns of social security. Some even make the distinction between "American classical liberalism" and the "new liberalism."

Liberals - Australiano Version

In Australia, the Liberal Party is a party considered to be of the far-right. Within the Liberal Party of Australia, conservatism and monetarist economics are both are in a position of ominance. Many would argue that this party is not a liberal party, simply a classical conservative party

The Liberal Party of Canada

- - is a major political party. The organisation is located in the centre of the Canadian political spectrum, combining a liberal social policy with moderate economic policies. Every leader of the party has served as Prime Minister of Canada.
- The party has formed the Official Opposition in the Parliament of Canada since February 2006.

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09-30-2008, 10:39 PM
Thanks for sharing :)

But pardon my silly question... I don't see how its relevant here :-[

10-01-2008, 02:40 AM
Originally Posted by Hamayun
Thanks for sharing :)

But pardon my silly question... I don't see how its relevant here :-[
she knows

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