Almost everyone involved in the not-Republican constituency, be they ‘leftists’ or ‘liberals’, is actually a liberal in probably two distinct senses
Understanding liberals versus the left
Elizabeth Bruenig
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This is important: in a binary political society, if you’re not a conservative, you’re a liberal. The idea of being politically moderate is a relatively new one that emerged in the mid-20th century as a means of politically radical people to avoid being linked to fascism or communism.