During the enlightenment a long time ago, the term “liberal” used to mean those who favored a small government (to a point close to anarchy), natural rights, and a laissez faire free market. Of course, the meaning of this word has been reversed in the modern US. Today, scholars call the old “liberals” “classic liberals” to distinguish them from modern “liberals”. Today, those who follow “classic liberalism” had to change their name to “libertarians”. So, whenever you read classic literature, remember that they used the term “liberal” in the way that we mean “libertarian” today. So, I am a “liberal” in the classical sense.