See the definition here: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/n/neoliberalism.asp
Short: Liberalism, in economics, refers to a freeing of the economy by eliminating regulations and barriers that restrict what actors can do. Neoliberal policies aim for a laissez-faire approach to economic development.
Long: Neoliberalism is a policy model of social studies and economics that transfers control of economic factors to the private sector from the public sector. It takes from the basic principles of neoclassical economics, suggesting that governments must limit subsidies, make reforms to tax law in order to expand the tax base, reduce deficit spending, limit protectionism, and open markets up to trade. It also seeks to abolish fixed exchange rates, back deregulation, permit private property, and privatize businesses run by the state.That,
what I thought being a Liberal meant. That, to me, is a Corporatist. I hate
Am I the only one that didn't know this?
I always just assumed it was synonymous with the left-wing side of politics and progressivism. The definition doesn't even make sense to me. The Democratic party is supposed to be for big government, and regulation, and the Republican party is supposed to be for small government and deregulation. This makes no sense to me.
In comparison, Conservatism means exactly what it seems like: Conservatism (or conservativism) is any political philosophy that favours tradition (in the sense of various religious, cultural, or nationally-defined beliefs and customs) in the face of external forces for change, and is critical of proposals for radical social change.