Well the first part of my post is quite literally the definition they teach us in political science class at my college;
I'm dubious. Can you cite the name and publisher of the book you used?
though personally I think that is giving the liberals too much credit.
Well, as long as you're keeping an open mind.
A short, sweet, and to the point definition of liberalism would be: stealth totalitarianism.
As opposed to stealth oligarchy or stealth theocracy. Of course.
I think it is fair to say that liberals tend to look to the government for solutions in more scenarios than do conservatives. I think that the perception that liberals just love big government is a deliberate misinterpretation meant to impugn. I could just as easily assert that all conservatives just love big military and big religion; but I don't believe that's true.
Sadly, much of the political discourse in the current climate is bereft of nuance.