Liberal: broad: showing or characterized by broad-mindedness; "a broad political stance"; "generous and broad sympathies"; "a liberal newspaper"; " tolerant of his opponent's opinions "...
If liberalism really did meet the definition Sceptic, then I would apologise and eat my words.
However, it's representatives over on my side of the pond are anything but "tolerant" of their opponent's oppinions. Just go on almost any university campus over here where the majority of professors and administrators proudly claim to be liberal. Expression of conservative and moderate opinions are ruthlessly suppressed. Speech codes punish speech which does not conform to the percieved "liberal" view. Conservative professors are not only rare, but often have to watch what they say and teach for fear of reprisals. Any school journals which have the courage to print anything not percieved as freindly to liberals or their views find their entire printing runs stolen off the rack before the student poulation even wakes up. And the rare invited speaker who is known to be conservative will often find his/her speech rudely interrupted by mobs of "liberal" students, often egged on by self-confessed "liberal" professors, intent on intimidating him or her.
In the last presidential election it wasn't the "liberal", or who found their campaign offices mobbed and their workers assaulted and intimidated by screaming mobs. It was the "conservatives" who found themselves targeted.
Ironically, conservatives on my side of the pond are the champions of free speech. I do realise that over on your side of the pond conservatism, with its roots in royal authority and state churches, does not place a high value on freedom of expression. But over here freedom of expression, of religion, freedom from state churches, are all enshrined in our Constitution and, therefore, the conservative position. Even more ironic is the fact that conservatives over here would go to war and die to preserve the rights of the very liberals who spew their venemous hatred of conservatives over here, and elswhere to do so.
One thing you and Simon both can take to the bank is this, that I may disagree your opinion, but if our positions on this forum were reversed this "right-winger" would never, ever, punish you for expressing it. My "right-wing" principles would forbid it.