Q: Is “liberalism” left-wing or right-wing?
A: Neither. While Americans use the term “liberal” nearly synonymously with “Democrat,” this blog uses the term in the sense it is used on the rest of the globe: a roughly centrist embrace of both social and economic freedoms. Whenever “liberalism” is used here, assume it is used in the latter sense.
Q: Is this blog more Republican or Democrat?
A: Once again, neither. Although here we’re more likely to side with moderate Republicans on economic issues and with Democrats on social issues. Both parties have some politicians we’d consider to be liberal. On the Republican side, “Main Street Republicans” and “Business Republicans” may be liberal, as well as some “neoconservatives.” On the Democratic side, the “New Democrats” and “Third Way Democrats” are generally considered liberal.
Q: Aren’t you libertarians? Aren’t American libertarians socially liberal and fiscally conservative, just like you?
A: No. If you squint your eyes, we may look somewhat like American libertarians, but the comparison is not apt. We support a bit more government intervention in the economy (e.g. a carbon tax, fiscal and monetary policy in the event of a market failure, etc.) and a greater emphasis on social justice than libertarians. We are closer to the mainstream and more willing to compromise even if it expands the size of government.
Q: What policies do you liberals support?
A: It varies, as many people from the center-left to the center-right could be considered liberals. However, below is a list of policies liberals all across the spectrum are likely to agree on:
- Continued support for supranational institutions such as NATO and the UN
- A carbon tax, cap and trade, or other market solution to combat climate change
- New trade agreements (such as the TPP or similar) and retaining our current trade agreements (such as NAFTA)
- Reducing the barriers to immigration for both “skilled” and “unskilled” migrants
- A path to citizenship for current undocumented immigrants in the country
- Social freedoms for LGBTQ individuals