So that's what liberal means in most of the world, and it's not really the politics I subscribe to...
People worldwide associate liberalism with defending capitalism.
I haven't called myself a liberal for about 20 years now because I think liberals support free trade agreements like NAFTA, GATT, WTO, PNTR-China, etc. etc.
There's so much disagreement over what it actually means, and that's part of what makes it challenging to use.
It's not a dirty word it's just that people think liberal means something, and they disagree with that thing.
I think most of us have seen this poll by now.
I dislike labels. But if I must have a label, I want one that stands for defending labor, environmental protection, consumer protection, class consciousness, anti-fascism, solidarity, economic justice, health and welfare for all the people, blah blah blah.
I don't really think the word "liberal" fits that description. I agree with liberals on a lot of things though.