I’m wondering if you can help to clarify something for me, as a left-wing Brit. Over here we tend to refer either to someone’s party affiliation, as you guys do, or we simply use the terms left/right wing/centrist etc. I’m currently trying to wrap my head around the American usage of the word ‘liberal’. I know it has a long history and has developed in meaning over the years, and that neo-liberals of varying conviction can sit on either side of the party divide. Conversationally however, ‘Liberals’ seems to be an umbrella term for those on the left, antithetical to ‘Conservatives’. But then I read you — who I hope I’m not wrong in identifying as very left wing — refer to Liberals with contempt. Is there another label you would use to describe lefties who are not ‘Liberals’? If so, what is that makes a Liberal a Liberal? How would you describe yourself? How would you describe say, Bernie Sanders?
Any clarification would be greatly appreciated, thanks.