It's sad that many people seem to consider "liberal" a pejorative. It is simply an attitude which makes one open to change and willing to set aside "traditional" ideas or practices. Yes, this carries risk and can sometimes lead to overreach which would be prevented by a "conservative" approach (where change is to be avoided, by definition), but how else can significant progress, social or otherwise, be made? And why are these terms seemingly treated as identities, like gender or ethnicity? One would think that adopting a "liberal" or "conservative" approach to solving a problem would depend on the nature of the problem and the risk involved (low risk and high potential benefit to change--> liberal approach, high risk and low potential benefit to change--> conservative approach). Perhaps if people thought critically about problems and about how to actually solve them, instead of focusing on whether our own "liberal" or "conservative" in-group is winning the battle for popularity, we might focus our energies better towards solutions to our common problems.