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Questions on the history of politics, political action and political debate, as well as historical political figures, heads of state etc. Also including any historical political actions and situations which may be of relevance to modern day scenarios.

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Are there precedents for Congresspersons going in uninvited to closed-doors committee hearings?

According to CNN: Roughly two-dozen House Republicans on Wednesday stormed a closed-door deposition in secure House Intelligence Committee spaces to rail against the Democratic-led impeachment ...
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Did past presidential impeachment inquiries have basic defendant's rights?

In a recent letter on behalf of the president to the House committees on impeachment, the president's counsel Pat A. Cipollone wrote: I write on behalf of President Donald J. Trump in response to ...
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Has there ever been a true instance of unregulated capitalism?

Has there ever been any place that used unregulated capitalism? No regulations. No restrictions. No government interference.
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Why does Russia bother to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact?

According to this Guardian article, Russia is trying to justify the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact which is a very complex matter that was not even recognized until the end of the Soviet Union: Eighty ...
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Federalist 57 suggests voting open to everyone in the early republic?

I recently read The Accessible Federalist by Adam Seagrave (a great resource to avoid archaic English). In the Federalist 57, I came upon something interesting. James Madison appears to have been ...
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Is there precedent for a law to be declared void because it should have received Queen's Consent, but it didn't?

Wikipedia mentions that If a bill is mistakenly allowed to progress even though the required [Queen's] consent was not signified and the error is discovered before Royal Assent has been given, the ...
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Has it happened before for a law or amendment to pass (by accident) in the UK Parliament because there were no tellers?

If the breaking news is correct, MPs started voting on Stephen Kinnock’s amendment 6. But then, a few minutes into voting, Lindsay Hoyle, announced that the division had been called off because ...
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Did right-wing politician Franz Josef Strauss ever explain why he gave a 3 billion loan to East Germany in 1983?

Economist Manfred Melzer described East Germany's economy in the 1980s like this (1): The economy performed fairly well in the first half of the 1980's, raising exports while conserving raw ...
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What was the legal basis for the arrest of Gerald Bull by the UN in South Africa?

https://www.damninteresting.com/project-babylon-gerald-bulls-downfall/ lives up to its name, being indeed a damn interesting summary of the career of supergun engineer Gerald Bull. The one part I'm ...
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Have politicians' identicons been brute forced?

Disclaimer: I am hesitant to ask this question. If it doesn't belong, let me know. In this comment on Security.SE, @Anders wrote: On a side note, a couple of years ago a bunch of far-right ...
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Has a Nobel Peace laureate ever been accused of war crimes?

Nobel Prizes aren't without controversy, and I was wondering if a Nobel Peace laureate has ever been accused of war crimes. For the purpose of this question, I will accept accusations of war crimes ...
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Why did 19th-cent. US presidents have less role in government than Congress or the states, and were more executives than leaders?

The European Union: Politics and Policies (2017 6 edn). pp 102 Bottom - 103 Middle.         Serving a renewable five-year term, the president of the Commission oversees ...
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Why did the US and UK choose different solutions to the problem of an undemocratic upper house?

Both the US and the UK formerly had an upper legislative house which wielded considerable power despite being elected by government officials rather than the people (the Senate) or completely ...
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What are reasons for a country to apologise long after the fact?

Background In comments under the question about the UK's refusal to apologise for the Amritsar massacre there has been some discussion in the comments about whether there is any point in apologising ...
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How did there come to be a range of definitions of socialism?

Introduction Socialism seems to have many definitions, and we sometimes come across arguments and discussions based on different definitions on this site as well. For example, user4012 stated on meta:...
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Why won't UK Prime Ministers formally apologise for the Amritsar massacre?

A BBC article today recalls the trapping and shooting to death of 379 - 1000 Indian protesters by British troops in 1919. While Winston Churchill called it "monstrous" in 1920, David Cameron paid his ...
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Who coined the term “madman theory”?

Madman theory revolves around the idea of appearing more "crazy" than one actually is. It is actually a signaling game in its simplest form. At least nowadays such games are exemplified with a "...
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How did Roger Douglas convince the labour party to carry a liberal economic reform?

Roger Douglas the Minister of Finance of New Zealand from 1984-1988 made a huge liberal economic reform in his era (reducing the size of the state) it was so famous it was called "Rogernomics", but he ...
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US presidents that weren't on every states' ballots

Has there ever been a US president who was not on the ballots of every single state, for the election that they won? I'm having a hard time finding historical ballot information to check myself, and ...
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Ancient Concept of Government and Modern Government

As far as I understand, the ancient concept of government, as stated, for example, by Cicero, revolves around the enforcement of the law, enacting a just law, and obedience to the law. For example, a ...
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What were the names of political movements championing small institutions over large institutions (instead of conventional left vs. right spectrum)?

I recall reading about a political movement in the U.S. that, rather than being defined by contemporary left-right cleavages, was about championing small institutions (smaller, more local governments ...
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Was the Corwin Amendment's use of the term “domestic institutions” intended to apply to more than just slavery?

The Corwin Amendment was a proposed amendment to the US Constitution introduced in March 2, 1861 as an attempt to end the Civil War. The text is as follows: No amendment shall be made to the ...
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How did Nixon's resignation affect the voters who had supported him?

There are a lot of Americans who wear MAGA hats. Theoretically, if President Trump were impeached, I wonder if they would continue to wear them? Would Trump go down like Robert E. Lee, losing, but ...
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Population growth must be slowed to avoid catastrophic climate change: anybody saying this? [closed]

TL;DR: Title says it all. You do not have to be a math genius for this equation. The more people live, the more our ecosystem suffers, the faster it's resources are burnt up. I understand from a ...
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Is the dispute over the naming of Macedonia unique in recent history?

The dispute between Greece and Macedonia over who gets to keep the name "Macedonia" has been ongoing for 20 years now. Is this a unique dispute or have there been any other similar disputes in recent ...
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Why marriage and not family?

The question Why do governments legislate marriage? has good answers about why the State has a [historic] incentive to legislate marriage. I'll briefly state interconnected definitions of marriage ...
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Did George W. Bush have a business relationship with the Bin Laden family? [closed]

According to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 George W. Bush had a business relationship with the Bin Laden Family. Are there any credible media who explains what kind of business relationship that ...
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Has any relevant American politician ever publicly admitted that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie?

During an interview (video here) celebrity and former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura said that "they" were admitting that the Gulf of Tonkin incident was a lie. There are somewhat credible ...
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In the Weimar Republic what was the role of the people sitting on the left side of the speaker?

I know that in the Weimar republic the chancellor and other ministers of government sit in front of the members of parliament on the right side of the speaker but was the role of the people who sit to ...
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How to start and continue studying world's politics [closed]

Over last years I started to develop strong interest in politics and the way world works. I'm 23 year-old student of engineering, so I don't really get in touch with these topics in University. I had ...
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What is public credit?

In a quote by President Hoover referring to a veto, he stated: With the utmost seriousness I urge the Congress to enact a relief measure, but I can not approve the measure before me, fraught as ...
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Book that encompasses the history of socialism?

If no such text exists which attempts to cover the time just before the Communist Manifesto, until some time during or after the middle (1950s-70s) 20th century, then I will settle for texts which ...
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Books for understanding the government of ancient Athens and the Roman Empire?

I'm studying political science, and I was curious of what sort of books I should read to understand the functions, and perhaps the history of these countries, as they are very usual case studies. I'...
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Why are US state legislatures (as opposed to the federal one) bicameral?

The federal legislature in the USA is bicameral, with the Senate (supposedly) representing states, with equal voting power among state, and the House of Representatives (supposedly) representing the ...
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Did “socialism with a human face” actually exist in practice?

NOTE: This is somewhat related (a "soft" version of) to this question (Do/did non-dictatorial Communist societies exist?) According to Wikipedia, "Socialism with a human face" appeared in 1968 and it ...
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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 does federalism in the United States work? [duplicate]

How does federalism in the United States work? Why are there States within the country? What do they do?
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Why did the United States so aggresively attack Communism when they knew it wasn't going to work out in the long term? [closed]

Didn't USA had the foresight that any country that embraces communism would eventually fail? Why did it go around spreading anti-communist sentiment to an extent where they defied the internal ...
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What is a Republic?

The question "What is a Republic?" has been half-asked more than once on this website (see this question, this one and last but not least this other one). However, it seems it has never been answered ...
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Why do Americans care so much about their constitution?

The constitution is evidently a major deal in American politics. It shows up all the time in the political discourse, often used to defend certain opinions and views, or to highlight the grandeur of ...
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How often are US federal judges appointed who have never tried a case?

As brought up in this question, there appears to be a growing group of headlines tonight focusing on the fact that someone who has never tried a case is being nominated for federal judge. I know very ...
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Did Juanita Broaddrick testify under oath against Bill Clinton?

Juanita Broaddrick is a woman who accused former President Bill Clinton of rape. But at one point she signed an affidavit saying that Clinton did not rape her, and then she later said that she ...
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Have any politicians been elected to the government of two different countries during their career?

After the recent elections in Czech Republic it became apparent that Andrej Babiš is going to become the next Prime Minister of the country. The curious thing about him is that he holds dual Czech-...
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How did the electoral system work in late Ottoman empire and early Turkey?

I am reading about elections in the late Ottoman empire and early Turkey (1880-1935) and there always seemed to be these "secondary electors" elected by the people. These "secondary electors" then ...
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When did modern Middle-Eastern terrorism start?

Terrorism, specifically coming from the Middle East, has been an epidemic. It has spread across the globe, to the US, France, UK, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Germany and even to parts of ...
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What is the origin of Left and Right in politics (before France)?

I've read many times that Left and Right in politics came from the French Revolution. But reading the Dao De Jing, chapter 31, it looks like a very similar definition, considering Left as "the people"...
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Why do NOAA and the USPHS have uniformed services?

Most Americans (and likely many folks around the world) think of the US military as comprising the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, there are also the United States ...
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Why do some muslim countries ban polygamy?

Islam allows men to have up to 4 wives (simultaneously). Why would an overwhelmingly Muslim country, such as Turkey or Tunisia, ban polygamy? Not banning it would of course not prevent most people to ...
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Why do members of parliament address the speaker instead of speaking normally?

This seems to be a common tradition across many legislatures and houses of parliament, there is a "speaker" (a bit of a misnomer as this person is more of a listener), and the actual person doing the ...
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Were Presidents known to have discussed classified things with their wives?

Are there any historically known examples (from memoirs, letters, testimony etc...) of US Presidents discussing classified things with their spouses/lovers?