Modern liberalism is using the word to mean liberal (free) application of government as opposed to an idea of individual freedom. It’s like when sunscreen says on the bottle “apply liberally”.
Classic liberalism’s primary emphasis was placed on securing the freedom of the individual by limiting the power of the government. The philosophy emerged as a response to the Industrial Revolution and urbanization in the 19th century in Europe and the United States. Today’s liberalism is a disgusting ideology that was slowly brainwashed into Americans en masse over the course of many years and it involves the deluded belief that government control is the best way to solve social and economic problems.
It’s disgusting because just like the formation of Germany through manipulation by Otto Von Bismark, liberalism was developed through the manipulation of the people by the government by basically promising rewards in exchange for votes. Because people were too lazy to solve problems themselves, and they let their greed lead their voting decisions, the government has slowly been able to increase their power and control over the American people.
So now we have a huge portion of the American population, called liberals, following the belief that a government made up of highly paid career politicians have our best interests at heart. What they really have at heart is greed that drives them to lie and promise handouts to the masses, which they actually take from the masses through taxes, all in order to prolong their overpaid political career.
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