My Obscure Liberalism

To me the following quote embodies what it means philosophically to be "liberal."
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

I think it necessitates tolerance of differing opinions, a belief in the rights of individuals, a belief in the right to freedom of speech, and a strong enough belief in these rights that you would die to protect them.

Thus I find it difficult if not impossible to ascribe the term "liberal" to those unfamiliar with this concept.

The sad thing is just how very obscure my definition is in this day and age.

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Not to nickpick, but that

Not to nickpick, but that isn't really a quote by Voltaire, it's a 20th century summary of Voltaire's philosophy.

Not to be nitpicky but

Not to be nitpicky but Voltaire actually wrote in a letter that precise sentiment though he wrote it in french. This is neither an unfair, nor unreasonable translation of the material. Though a more accurate translation would be "write" rather than "say." He still meant the same thing. You can't precisely quote people who originally spoke in a different language unless you quote them in their original language.