Governments have historically relied on metaphysical sources for their legitimacy. The French Revolution intended to put an end to this. However, with the current rise of populism, among other things, we are witnessing a revival of political theology.
Prominent liberal party members in The Netherlands are prone to criminal self-enrichment. This is fully in line with liberal party principles putting personal autonomy first, unhindered by any objective norms and values: make the best of it for yourself!
How liberal is a parliamentarian who makes a plea for restrictions on the freedom of expression and who justifies immense institutionalized torture?