Here is a list of terms liberals apply to virtually every idea or action with which they differ:
And here is the list of one-word descriptions of what liberals are for:
These two lists serve contemporary liberals in at least three ways.
First, they attack the motives of non-liberals and thereby morally dismiss the non-liberal person.
Second, these words make it easy to be a liberal -- essentially all one needs to do is to memorize this brief list and apply the right term to any idea or policy.
Praeger still refers to them as "liberals", a term I am careful not to use to describe the left. The classical liberal tradition is alive and well elsewhere--permeating both neoconservative and libertarian intellectual thought.
The left, chronically bereft of ideas, has the above shortcut to acutal thinking; since not being able to mindlessly protest and think at the same time is a big drawback for their movement. They compensate for this intellectual shallowness by being more passionate-- which is all the moral virtue they require to maintain their overweening sense of superiority.
Read Praeger's entire piece.