One of the things that makes an analysis of political thought more difficult than it should be is terminology. Until the 20th century, it was pretty straight forward. But around the turn of the century, American parlance departed from international norms. For some reason, we redefined the term “liberal”. Today, when we say “liberal”, we mean roughly what the rest of the world calls “social democrats”. The old meaning of liberal does not have a widely used equivalent today, although there is an attempt to popularize the phrase “classical liberal”. Read about the rise, fall, and renaissance of classical liberalism.