Yes, you come to Drinking Liberally, and you support liberal causes and candidates. But what do you call yourself? Are you a progressive? A Democrat? A radical communitarian? A lesbian ethicist? And if you're any of these, are you also a liberal?
The right-wing noise machine started tarring the word 'liberal' in the 1980s, equating liberal with everything from communism to terrorism. In our effort to reclaim the word, it's helpful to know what it means and where it comes from: