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

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Why do Communist governments turn more socially conservative over time?

One thing I noticed is that many Communist governments are becoming more socially conservative the more they establish themselves. Be it the USSR from legalizing homosexuality to banning Jazz, Jeans ...
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Why don't Conservatives in Washington state try to bar payroll taxes?

I read on https://apnews.com/article/initiatives-approved-washington-police-pursuit-income-tax-e5a904bf714083611b67698293c4772b: SEATTLE (AP) — Three conservative-backed initiatives that would [do x, ...
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What is the "conservative legal and judicial movement in the 1970s and 1980s" to which Justice Luttig refers?

In CNN's March 5, 2024 Retired federal judge blasts Supreme Court ruling: 'Stunning in its overreach' retired federal Judge J. Michael Luttig says the following (excerpted from YouTube auto-transcript ...
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What is the ideal political period for liberal conservatives? [closed]

What is the ideal political period in the eyes of liberal conservatives? Liberal conservatism is "a political ideology combining conservative policies with liberal stances, especially on economic ...
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Is there research towards how conservatives parties in Europe benefit from using right-wing populism?

I was wondering if there was political science research into if there is a correlation between politicians copying narratives of right-wing parties. And, ideally also if this is successful in winning ...
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Is US Speaker Johnson's voting pattern on legislation related to individual freedom consistent with his ideology of 7 Core Principles of Conservatism?

In CNN's coverage of the new US House Speaker's "acceptance speech", Speaker Mike Johnson says (after 16:54) In his farewell address, President Reagan explained the secret of his rapport ...
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Is this explanation of liberal-conservatism correct? [closed]

The liberal-conservatism idea is basically: (1) The socio-economico-political system (which includes a liberal economy and civil rights) we have now happened because it happened (and certainly not ...
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left vs Right politics and liberal vs conservative [closed]

Can we say left means liberal and right means conservative ? In history we see lot of counterexamples.
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

Context It is a common usage to call some right-wing movements in Western countries "reactionary". See Wikipedia: In ideology, reactionism is a tradition in right-wing politics Reactionary ...
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Definition of Leftist

These days, I am listening too much of the word "Leftist" in the sites like Twitter and Reddit. What is meant by the term "Leftist"? Is this a philosophically improved political ...
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What effect will increased urbanization have on liberal views given that urban locations tend to be more liberal?

There is a well-documented link between liberal views and urban locations, and conservative views with rural locations, which has been proven true across many first world nations. However, many ...
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What is this political cartoon by Bob Moran titled "Amnesty" about?

I saw that Bob Moran made this political cartoon that he posted on Twitter: When I first saw this cartoon, I assumed it was poking fun at the "False Balance" AKA "bothsidesism" ...
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Why do conservatives who disagree with social media censorship not just switch to blogs/RSS?

Many conservatives believe that social media companies should not be able to block users based on politics. However, they keep using the social media platforms, and even those who have been blocked ...
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Support for surrogacy from pro-choice groups

Are pro-choice groups (i.e. those supporting legal abortion or extending the abortion rights) typically supportive of surrogate motherhood and/or prostitution? I am interested in groups and ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

In the current leadership contest for the position of leader of the UK's Conservative party, one of the differences between the two candidates is that Liz Truss is promising to lower taxes while Rishi ...
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What agreements or disagreements exist between Conservatism and Rationalism?

Rationalism is a core tenet of liberalism, regarding reason as the primary source of knowledge and relying on reason as a justification of arguments. According to Michael Oakeshott: “The conduct of ...
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Do "neocons" and "neoliberals" have the same foreign policy views?

I've heard that Bush can be described as a "neocon" and Clinton as a "neolib." Given that the neocons originally came from the political left neoliberals are more concerned with ...
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What is the conservative argument against modern contraception?

I am asking this in the context of the Republican Party in the US being against contraception. That seems odd to me since even the anti-abortion Christian party in the country I live are for handing ...
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Why do US conservative groups have a more visible political impact compared with similar liberal/progressive groups?

In the United States, there are several groups with conservative views that may be considered to have a visible influence in their field (such as the Federalist Society for law, or the National Rifle ...
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Explaining Reaganomics in terms of conservatism

Conservatism is commonly defined as an ideology that tries to maintain the status quo. In this answer, it is defined as being anti-utopian, and thus, any government change should be slow and measured. ...
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How has the Israeli right responded to Trump's failure to condemn Nazis?

I'm sure left-wing Israelis don't like Trump, so I'm more curious about Israelis on the political right. Trump has supported the goals of the Israeli right, such as an undivided Jerusalem, recognition ...
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Is it possible to be socialist, liberal, and conservative like this candidate to president of Perú claims? [closed]

Candidate to president of Perú Hernando de Soto claims to be "socialist, liberal and conservative". I can't find a possible definition of the 3 terms for them to coexist together. To me, ...
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Why do many conservatives in US like the free market but not transactional sex?

I wonder why conservatives like the free market but not transactional sex? It’s okay for some guy to make tons of money. It’s okay for shops to get lots of customers. It’s okay for large corporations ...
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Do other nations consider all USA politics to be conservative, and if so why?

I've heard from a few sources claims that people outside the US consider all US politics conservative. One person going to far as to say that to non-US individuals our politics range from "very ...
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Does HC Strache appeal to a meaningfully different section of Austrian society from the FPÖ?

Austrian populist-right politician HC Strache led his own campaign for the Viennese municipal elections which took place on Sunday. People who aren't followers of Austrian politics may not be aware ...
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What is Conservatism and why do people think it's not rooted for a democracy?

I hear people talk about conservative parties and countries but I don't understand what this philosophy means? What is Conservatism and why is it not suitable for democracies when some parties call ...
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What does the Economist mean by "liberal graduates, conservative school-leavers"?

In an article in The Economist titled: Return of the paranoid style - Fake news is fooling more conservatives than liberals. Why?, the author states: Conservatives’ complaints that elites are not on ...
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How do the conservative media commentators skeptical of Covid-19 explain [away] the freezer truck rows in NYC?

It's been reported that a certain part of the conservative media in the US is highly skeptical of the Covid-19 death figures, suggesting they are probably overcounted e.g. Fox News’s Brit Hume, who ...
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Did conservatives in the U.K. in the 1950s used to be more like American liberals?

In the book Thinking in Time on page 194, it says ...contributed to a substantial Tory victory at the general election of 1959. Tory budgeting, which held down defense expenditure while boosting ...
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Broader context for Barry Goldwater's comment on US presidents' abuse of power in this 1966 Firing Line discussion?

I ran cross the video June 2016 Firing Line Compilation for Hoover's Summer Series and starting at 02:42 there is an exchange between the host William F. Buckley Jr. and the guest Barry Goldwater in ...
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Is there any country other than Austria with a conservative-Green government?

Austria is now going to have a coalition government between the right-wing People's Party and the Greens. This is interesting; the parties are, from a US perspective, pretty much opposites of each ...
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Evidence of Democratic-Republican Party Realignment Circa 1950?

What evidence is there of a Democratic-Republican party realignment during the 1950's in the US? Usually, references to the Southern strategy are made, but I haven't been able to find any peer review ...
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What's the conservative solution to wealth disparity?

While wealth/income inequality has generally been a Liberal concern, its increasing severity seems to have drawn Conservatives to consider it, including causing our current Conservative President to ...
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Have any Democrats embraced any new policies or compromises in an attempt to appeal to conservatives that are unhappy with Trump?

When Trump was nominated as the presidential candidate in 2016, there was a major shift in the Republican party away from classically-liberal small-government party towards a more populist, nativist ...
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Conservatism and Executive Power

The Economist cites the philosopher and political theorist Michael Oakeshott to describe conservatism as "To be conservative... is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the ...
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Why did Barry Goldwater change from opposing to supporting the Export Trade Administration Act of 1979?

The House modified the bill after it passed the Senate. Goldwater was among three Senators who voted against the bill. Can someone confirm that the modifications that the House of Representatives ...
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Do the policies that Ben Shapiro supports align with those of the Alt-Right? [closed]

The Economist released a headline labeling him as alt-right before retracting the statement due to heavy criticism from Shapiro himself and other conservatives 1 . He has rejected this label and said ...
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Do any political groups self-describe as reactionary?

Merriam-webster describes reactionism as of, pertaining to, marked by, or favoring reaction, especially extreme conservatism or rightism in politics; opposing political or social change. And ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations? [duplicate]

In the United States, conservatives tend to be against climate change regulations more frequently than the rest of the population. Conservatives in the U.S. tend to hold traditional and Christian ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I'm over in the UK with quite an interest in US politics, and intrigued at Republican statements about tech and social media being biased against them. My curiosity is piqued because on the other ...
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Shouldn’t conservatives embrace universal basic income?

Andrew yang, a Democratic candidate for president current this date, has made universal basic income the foundation of his platform. This appears to be accepted as a “far left” idea. However, the way ...
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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 to ...
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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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