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Questions tagged [conservatism]

Conservatism is a political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional social institutions in the context of culture and civilization.

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Has Tucker Carlson identified with distributist thinkers?

In a recent monologue Tucker Carlson sparked a serious discussion among conservatives about the degree to which capitalism is good for America. He said things like What kind of country do you want ...
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If conservatives don't like government, why don't they like the shutdown?

As far as I know, I have repeatedly heard a conservative stance arguing in favor of reducing government spending. But, at the same time, it appears as though politicians from across all aisles want to ...
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How does Donald Trump define the word conservative?

Ronald Reagan's rise to prominence was built on the conservative intellectual movement and the thinking of figures like Russel Kirk, Frederick Hayek, Frank Meyer, Irving Kristol,and William F. Buckley ...
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Why do Republicans and others accept the propagandaic use of the term “Progressives”?

The word "progressives" has always confused me. It's sort of like an antonym to "conservatives", but the difference is that "conservative" is a neutral word. It tells us that you want to "conserve" ...
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At what point does a conservative become a reactionary?

If we think of conservatives as being opposed to reform, and wanting things to go on as they are, what happens when conservatives lose on an issue but refuse to accept it? For example, many ...
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Why are conservatives so patriotic and hateful of the government at the same time?

I know many conservative Americans (some in real life, but mostly on the internet) that are very patriotic - much more than many of their liberal counterparts. On the other hand, these same people, ...
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If conservatism believes in individualism, then why do conservatives often support regulation of personal decisions?

It is my understanding that people on the right side of the political spectrum generally believe in individualism in the sense that they support smaller government and the right of individuals to make ...
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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?

In the United States there are a number of liberal comedians who emphasize their liberal status in their comedy, and in particular a wealth of liberal comedy focusing on recent events/news. To name a ...
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Do people with Asperger's tend to be more conservative?

I myself have Asperger's syndrome. I'd like to know is there any Democrats who has Asperger's? All my friends I've talked to people/my friends who have Asperger's they are all Republican and so am I. ...
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Is there a correlation between nationalism/conservatism and lack of judicial independence/rule of law?

Note: I am mostly thinking about Europe and North America and I would like to hear about studies/articles concerning any of these states In the last years, EU have faced several cases of countries ...
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What is the difference between the National Front, Britain First and BNP?

There's a lot of hard right parties here in the UK as well as a good number of populist ones (UKIP, For Britain etc) as well, and reading their manifestos and history I'm finding it hard to ...
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Is there a country that leans far to the right [closed]

I am curious to know which countries leans far to the right similar to American republicans. I am trying to get an idea of what USA would be like with very few democrats in power.
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What caused a massive shift in Republican ideological trajectories in the late '70s?

On a post on Skeptics.SE I saw recently, there was a chart showing the ideological position of the political parties over time: (source) As you can see, both parties were drifting more liberal ...
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How did Obama “Fundamentally transform America?” [closed]

Most conservatives I talk to or hear about are very hot and bothered by what Obama has "done to America". They are very passionate about it. So passionate that I would like to understand where they ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

Why are Weapon Restriction Laws, such as Gun Control Laws, considered liberal, while a lack of restrictions is considered conservative? In most cases, it appears that laws and policies which grant ...
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What is the meaning of “We are a civic society” attributed to Steve Bannon

In a radio program back in November 2015 that featured US President (then candidate) Donald Trump - his current chief strategist Steve Bannon made these following remarks - BANNON: Well I got a ...
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Trump on Trans/Bathroom Issue: Libertarian or Conservative?

Obama took the liberal policy (trans choose which bathroom to go to, whether or not private businesses approve or not) regarding trans and bathrooms of private businesses. However, Trump recently ...
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Was Conservatism Edmund Burke's child?

As I understand it, Conservatism, as a term and ideology, can be traced back to Anglo-Irish politician Edmund Burke. He espoused a civil society upheld by, as he saw it, the then pillars of ...
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What agreements and disagreements exist between conservatism and transhumanism?

(This is a follow-up of this question: Is there any self-professed conservative transhumanist?) What agreements and disagreements exist between conservatism and transhumanism philosophies, values and ...
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Is there any self-professed conservative transhumanist?

Is there any individual or organization that profess himself/herself/itself to be both conservative and transhumanist? Or, at least, that label himself to something similar to these groups (a ...
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Why is the polish PiS considered dangerous, but not the UK conservatives?

Both parties won an absolute majority of seat in the parliament of their respective countries, and that without winning an absolute majority of the votes, because of how the election system works. ...
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Is “liberal conservatism” a coherent political position?

In Switzerland a major right-wing political party calls itself defending "liberal conservative" views. From what I know so far, "conservatives" desires to maintain old traditions, traditional family ...
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How does DW-Nominate determine whether a specific member of congress or vote is liberal or conservative?

The statistical methodology DW-Nominate is frequently seen as a more objective way of determining how liberal or conservative politicians are based on their voting record. Here's a few of many ...
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Has any respected conservative/libertarian/Republican writer, speaker, or officeholder in any way endorsed Donald Trump as a serious candidate?

With the starting electoral debate for the 2016 USA elections Donald Trump has been high on the news. He's made many controversial statements and defies many standards of what would expected from a ...
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UK Austerity - Where does the money from all the cutbacks go?

So in the last election, there was a coalition between the Tories and Lib Dems. There were cutbacks, but some thing were stopped by the Lib Dems, such as tuition fees only going to £9000 instead of ...
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Who said that organizations tend over time to become more liberal?

I have often heard this quote: that organizations which start out as non-political, tend to move to the left, or become more liberal, unless they are explicitly conservative to begin with. I tried ...
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What's the cause of the general rightward shift in western politics over the last 30 years?

Context It's a given that what is seen as the political "centre ground" in the West has swung rightwards, at least in economic terms, over the past 30 years. In commentary pieces, this phenomenon is ...
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Reality-based non-religious conservative news source? [closed]

This would probably make more sense for liberal users: in order to see opposing points of view, what would be a "good" source of reality-driven (as opposed to stereotypes / prejudice / lies), non-...
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Is the Left-Right divide applicable everywhere, especially in India?

In India, it appears as though suddenly the media have just slapped Left, Right labels on political parties out of the blue, because it certainly didn't seem to be there before. To my eyes, there are ...
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How can an American conservative attempt to conserve a radical American founding?

Conservatism, broadly, is a way of looking at the world that favors conserving or slowly reforming existing laws and tradition as opposed to rapid or ideologically based change. Many Americans profess ...
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Are there systematic personality differences between liberals and conservatives?

What personality differences are there between registered Democrats and registered Republicans?
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Are 24-year old women afraid of Rush Limbaugh?

Rush Limbaugh continually jokes on his show lately about how 24-year women are afraid of him. Apparently, some university study or liberal news mouthpiece or someone has an article that claims that ...
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Why is denying global warming associated with conservatives?

I'm not asking for arguments about whether global warming is true. I'm asking why denying the presence of global warming is primarily associated with a conservative political affiliation. I am ...
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Has there been a sustained period of conservatism in the US?

It seems to me the United States has generally become more liberal (by the modern American definition) over time. It has more civil rights, taxation, welfare, secularism, and government programs now ...
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What policies for ecological sustainability have been proposed by conservative or economically libertarian political groups?

This question explores the nature of the green movement, which is often associated with progressive or left-wing politics. One answer points out that it's not the problem identification that is ...
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What are Jobbik's views on the Polish-Hungarian friendship?

Clarification. I think this question is confusing to the answerers for some reason. I would like to make it clear that this question is not about the validity of the Hungarian Turanic ideology. It's ...