A modern day liberal/democrat believes that individual rights are actually privileges granted to the people by the government. They believe in the principles of democracy and that the will of the majority should govern the society.
A liberal believes that individuals must make sacrifice for the greater good of the greater number. The liberal of the 21st Century believes the role of the government to shield the people from their risk of failure. The democrat believes that compelling productive individuals to share the fruits of their labor with the less productive members of society.
When an individual takes the property that belongs to his neighbor without his consent, he has committed a crime. When the government takes a man;'s property and gives it away, the government has committed a crime.