Speech confusion is one problem. Classical liberals support freedom of association, free markets, the right to self defense, etc.. They are the opposite of the typical modern regressive liberal. But people have different definitions of the terms liberal and conservative, just as they do the terms left wing and right wing. Thomas Jefferson, John Locke, Benjamin Franklin...all referred to themselves as liberals. But they bore no resemblance to the purple-haired crybabies you see today demanding gun confiscation and mindless obedience to the government. And there are liberals in China who are quietly working to destroy communism, and the old line commies there are conservative in their desperation to cling to communism. The terms are relative.