More Like "Classical Liberal" In a Nanny State
When I say that I'm a "liberal in a conservative state," I mean that I'm a classical liberal, or left libertarian rather, and I live in the United States, which is a country that values the opposite of what I believe.
I believe that government should be limited–––it should keep the peace, print money, run the post office, and essentially do the things that the Founding Fathers said government should do. Otherwise, it should leave us alone to pursue what we will, and realize that we, the people, run the country.
By contrast, it seems like everyone thinks that government runs the country, and accordingly, the government tries to regulate just about everything. People overlook the fact that the great things we have in life---food, clothing, shelter, and so on---are given to us by people acting by themselves, not by the government.
It gets tiring debating people on this: When I suggest that our Cabinet should be half the size it is, they balk at me. When I suggest that government harms more than it helps, they balk at me again. Ergo, I'm a liberal in what I consider the most conservative institution ever.