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How did progressives let conservatives turn "liberal" into a dirty word?

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2 years ago#1
Does anyone know where this started?
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2 years ago#2
Does anyone know where this started?
It's been a dirty word since they associated progressives with commies in the 1940-50s, and hippies in the 60s
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2 years ago#3
Liberal politicians come in two flavors

1# Ones that are really bad at politics

2# cynical jerks that aren't actually liberal but see political convenience in claiming to be so.
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2 years ago#4
themastah posted...
Does anyone know where this started?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52Oz-54VYw
2 years ago#5
It's kind of like the term white Christian male. There's nothing inherently wrong with it, but if you hear something spoken with subtle invective enough times it sticks.
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2 years ago#6
It was not the conservatives who turned liberal into a dirty word. It was the moderates. Back then, conservatives did not exist in any great numbers or influence.

I believe the story is that progressivism fell out of favor over progressive social and economic policies leading to urban decline and a squeezing of the middle class both socially and economically in the 1970s and '80s. The War on Poverty. Inter-district school busing (I don't really get why on that one, though). Rising welfare rolls. The crack epidemic. Gas lines during the Carter administration. New York City nearly going bankrupt during the Ford administration. White flight. Police brutality.

The politicians who became successful were those who portrayed and practiced being tough, especially tough on crime. But they were not the ones who were discontent. It was the average Joes of the country.
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2 years ago#7
themastah posted...
Does anyone know where this started?


When "All in the Family" became popular and Archie Bunker became an icon.
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2 years ago#8
Back then, conservatives did not exist in any great numbers or influence.
Yes, because McCarthysm never existed
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2 years ago#9
It started when liberals started robbing Peter to pay Paul.
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2 years ago#10
For Baby Boomers, this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Democratic_National_Convention_protest_activity

Is still the sort of thing that comes to mind when they hear "liberal".
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