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Liberalism

The philosophy that one ought to be able to do what one would like provided it does not hurt another person. It was conceived in the 19th century primarily as an economic and social philosophy espousing religious liberty, the free market, and capitalism. In the 20th century, it became associated with the left, especially in the United States, due to a concern for social justice. As a result, a liberal tends to favor regulation of private enterprise. However, adherents to what is sometimes called "19th-century liberalism" or "European liberalism" are presumably more amenable to the free market.
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Or consider Mearsheimer's emphasis on "a sacred territory." Today's progressive liberals, particularly among the elites, don't care a whit about the country's borders, as Mearsheimer notes.
Some of these scholars have laid stress on the possibilities of American liberalism, others on its limits, but few dispute that Senator Robert Wagner and a cohort of urban Democrats were the central agents of reform--that these progressive liberals, over the protests of their more conservative Southern colleagues, developed the far-reaching statute.
This said, Plotke's basic insights are sound; a cadre of "progressive liberals" were central to the New Deal.

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