A small newspaper has found an obvious—if underutilized—way to press Danish society to listen to the actual voices of the refugees seeking safe haven and passage in Europe.
The left-leaning Dagbladet Information on Friday released a 48-page special issue which gives a dozen refugees newly arrived in Denmark—who are also professional journalists—complete editorial control.
Not really an oxymorom. The most pro-capitalist party in Australia is also called the “Liberal Party” too.
In the classic sense, “liberal” refers to a political philosophy that embraces social liberties and particularly lazzez-faire capitalism. The original “liberal” was Adam Smith. That is why the new, post-cold-war, triumphalist, resurgent capitalism is called “neoliberalism” (a word that maddeningly is STILL not in Mozilla’s US-English spell checker!). Since much of the Islamophobic xenophobia sweeping Europe is couched in “defending social liberties” and is combined with an embrace of neoliberalism, then “liberals” in Europe - and the US, are indeed quite right-wing.
Only in the USA and Canada is liberalism confused with leftism.
Like “traditional conservative” and “modern conservative”, the definition of liberal seems to have done a one-eighty, but not so. A liberal has always been a liberal. Conservative capitalists simply used the term to justify monopoly capitalism as being laissez faire.
What could that mean? You are committing a logical error of defining a word with the same word.
The definition of “liberal” has only made a 180 degree turn relative to the incorrect US definition of it - or if you wish, it is making a 180 degree turn back to its original meaning. Liberalism has always been the philosophy of the comfortable and affluent. I refer you to the leftist folk singer Phil Och’s sarcastic song “Love me I’m a Liberal” (look it up).
A liberal have always been pro-capitalist. Liberalism is NOT to be confused with socialism, or even social democracy.
Its important that we get the definition of liberal correct. Oligarchy conservatives figured out long ago that to stay in power they need to demonize the word and blame their atrocities on liberals. Better still, get liberals to shift the blame to themselves.
“If those in charge of our society - politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television - can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves.”
― Howard Zinn
[lib-er-uh l, lib-ruh l]
Synonyms Examples Word Origin
favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
(often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism, especially the freedom of the individual and governmental guarantees of individual rights and liberties.
favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, especially as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
favoring or permitting freedom of action, especially with respect to matters of personal belief or expression:
a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
of or relating to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant:
a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
How absurd it is that supposed progressives can be so petty and vain to babble solely about the meaning of the word liberal and never once address the import of the article. A lack of empathy if nothing else.
Does anybody else notice the intensity of empathy shown by the Danes towards the refugees? How the Danes stand up to their conservative government (are all governments everywhere the same - conservative?).
Once back in the sixties when left leaning Americans were united for change and standing up for the rights of others, this kind of open empathy could have happened. Not these days huh?
We talk that careless talk that > cares less. We give ourselves labels that pronounce how we stand for being free and wave banners and as flags, Viva Che! Lol. We become a caricature and never notice our self absorption - our self empathy… lol.
Bravo to the Danes… who fight to be free in fact as well as label. They do like we used to do but do not do any longer. They make their empathy real and cut through the smoke and mirrors while we still pretend we are free.
One man free yet standing alone is no more free than all those around him who do not stand. A free people is everyone acting freely not just one person. Work together or it doesn’t work at all.
These Danes found a way for this situation… at least someone thinks … standing on their feet together.
Yunzer, could it be that you are confusing liberalism with libertarianism? The Liberal Party in Canada is indeed a party with liberal views, while the Liberal Party in Australia holds very strong libertarian views. It’s not the Canadians who are confused, it’s the Australians.