It’s origin is against, and seemingly always against, against, against. It’s roots have been traced to schisms in Catholicism that led to divergent thinking such as Trinitarians, and even Protestants. I like to think they are like the gnostics, holding onto things that in the grand scheme just really do not matter that much.
For more in-depth analysis of its roots see:
My objection to Liberalism is this — that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind – namely, politics – of philosophical ideas instead of political principles. Benjamin Disraeli (1, 2)
Ultraliberalism today translates into a whimpering isolationism in foreign policy, a mulish obstructionism in domestic policy, and a pusillanimous pussyfooting on the critical issue of law and order. Spiro T. Agnew (1, 2)
But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam.
Abu Bakar Bashir (1, 2, 3)
(and, oh what they are doing to we Christians! -Precipii)
Liberalism regards life as an adventure in which we must take risks in new situation, in which there is no guarantee that the new will always be the good or the true, in which progress is a precarious achievement rather than inevitability.
Morris Raphael Cohen (1, 2)
My generation of the Sixties, with all our great ideals, destroyed liberalism, because of our excesses.
Liberals should be terrified of Newt Gingrich because he has an alternative vision. He’s good at selling. We may be seeing the death of liberalism.
Pete du Pont
Liberalism is totalitarianism with a human face.
It’s interesting that when economic times were the hardest, that’s when many people embraced liberalism.
(and when times, they ain’t that hard…notify the press to drum up a story !!! -Precipii)
Universal education is the most corroding and disintegrating poison that liberalism has ever invented for its own destruction.
(Well Kampf-meister, “Universal” and “education” just ain’t what it used to be. -Precipii)
The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in what opinions are held, but in how they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment. Bertrand Russell
You know what they say: if God had been a Liberal, we wouldn’t have had the ten commandments. We’d have had the ten suggestions. Christopher Bigsby and Malcolm Bradbury:
The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They’re the kind of people who’d stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn’t bother to stop because they’d want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club. Dave Barry
Laws for the liberal education of youth, especially for the lower classes of people, are so extremely wise and useful that to a humane and generous mind, no expense for this purpose would be thought extravagant. John Adams
A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. Robert Frost
A liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested. A conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged. Wendy Kaminer
A liberal is a person whose interests aren’t at stake, at the moment. Willis Player
There are two kinds of fools: one says, “This is old, therefore it is good”; the other says, “This is new, therefore it is better.” William Ralph Inge
Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. Winston Churchill
Be it known that I have seen this quote jumbled and attributed (and attributed earlier, probably by a pinko-commie like Lenin, Trotsky or Lil’ Nicky Kruschev) as follows:
“A young man who is not a capitalist has not soul; an old man who is no communist has no brain”.Re: “liberal…has no heart” Who said it?Posted by: Shuh (IP Logged)Date: April 4, 2006 10:44PM
I’ve always heard the version that ascribed liberal attitudes to the under-30 set and reserved conservative attitudes for those over 30. Those numbers seem to jibe with what I know. Plus it dovetails quite nicely with another old saying from the early days of the youth “counterculture,” “Never trust anyone over 30.”
“If one understands that socialism is not a share-the-wealth program, but is in reality a method to consolidate and control the wealth, then the seeming paradox of super-rich men promoting socialism becomes no paradox at all. Instead, it becomes logical, even the perfect tool of power-seeking megalomaniacs.
Communism, or more accurately, socialism, is not a movement of the downtrodden masses, but of the economic elite.”
— Gary Allen, author