Oryx-and-Crake (oryx_and_crake) wrote in linguaphiles,

Small "l"?

Dear Linguaphiles,

I came across an expression that puzzled me. It is from a biography of Robertson Davies, a Canadian author.

By 1942 Rupert had been appointed to the Senate as a Liberal, and perceptive readers could see that Davies' sympathies too generally lay with this party. But he tried to be even-handed in his political editorials. The stance was typically small "l", but not egalitarian.

What does small "l" (this is the letter "el", not "I") mean here? My only guess is that it refers to the word "liberal" being written with a small "l" (not capitalized), but this does not make it any clearer.

Thanks in advance.

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