Iva Deutchman, professor of political science, was quoted in the Sept. 14 Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) article “What does it mean to be liberal or conservative in politics today?”. The author sought input from readers in defining the terms liberal and conservative, and gave answers from three college professors as starting points.
“The terms have REALLY changed over time in the U.S.,” said Deutchman. “Today, the U.S. is about the only country in the world where the term liberal means 'progressive.' In England, Australia, etc. the Liberal Party is indeed the conservative party. When Milton Friedman calls himself a liberal, my students often get confused, but he's right. To be liberal really means to support a limited government and to believe in individual rights. Around the time of FDR, things began to change and today the term liberal now is associated with more progressive beliefs (i.e., government intervention) and conservatives are now associated with more limited government (although many conservatives want a government which limits its economic intervention but not its social intervention so they would be happy with laws outlawing abortion, for example.)”
Deutchman was also recently interviewed on the California recall vote with Radio 3CR in Melbourne, Australia.