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An ideology is a set of opinions or beliefs belonging to a group, political party or individual. Ideology may also refer to the political beliefs or ideas that characterize a particular culture. Capitalism, communism, socialism, feminism and Marxism are considered ideologies. But not all -ism words are.

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Why is the left/right spectrum defined so ambiguously? (Europe)

I am currently in Germany so my views are from an European perspective. I never could quite comprehend how the definitions of "left" and "right" are used here. Right seems to be ...
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Why are Progressive Democrats having more success in primaries than America First Republicans?

An interesting trend seems to be apparent in primaries in 2022 for various offices. It seems like Progressive Democratic primary challengers generally outperform America First Republican primary ...
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Why would far-left groups oppose Macron’s re-election?

As a background to this question, I know next-to-nothing about French politics other than briefly reading a few news articles about current events. In response to the re-election of Emmanuel Macron in ...
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Is there any far right president that improved a country? [closed]

I'm currently watching the french debates for the presidential election, and looking at Marine Le Pen (far right), I was wondering if there was any elected president considered far-right that improved ...
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How many traits of an ideology must someone showcase to receive the label of that ideology? [closed]

For example, the wikipedia entry for Nazism/National Socialism states: It incorporates fervent antisemitism, anti-communism, scientific racism, and the use of eugenics into its creed. Someone who ...
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What are "original struggles" according to the Belgian Ecolo party?

The name of the Belgian green party "Ecolo" stands for "Confederate Ecologists for the Organisation of Original Struggles" (Écologistes Confédérés pour l'organisation de luttes ...
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Is there any satirical political ideology? [duplicate]

Is there any political ideology created simply for humor? Or like a parody or for satire. If not, then maybe a fictional political party invented for such purposes? There is fictional disease - Ligma ...
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How do parliments in countries with Hemicycle shapes decide who is more left/right wing?

In governments with a hemicycle shaped parliment, left wing parties and right wing parties tend to sit on the side of the parliment that more closely matches their ideaology. However I was wandering ...
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Why are White Americans in the Southern region of the USA much more conservative and Republican than elsewhere?

Election results and polling show that White voters in the South are the most Republican and ideologically conservative in the entire country. This is especially evident in the votes cast in counties ...
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Why are PiS and Fidesz split over Russia (and Ukraine)?

Apparently formalizing an (EP) alliance between Poland's ruling party PiS and Hungary's ruling part Fidesz, despite numerous ideological similarities, might be held back by differences over Russia and ...
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How can the Harm Principle be adjusted to fit Social Democracy and Social Liberalism

Beyond Libertarianism: Interpretations of Mill's Harm Principle and the Economic Implications Therein The harm principle does not stipulate strict rights of the individual, applied uniformly. To ...
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What are some of the biggest differences between Germany's SPD and The Greens?

At glance, the SPD and green party in Germany seem to pursue agendas too similar for me to see the difference. What are some of the most prominent ones?
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What do people mean by "political alienation" when they cite it as the cause of extremist ideologies?

I hear the term "alienation" a lot when people theorize what is driving some towards extremist ideologies. But I'm not sure what the term actually means. Notably, people often describe young ...
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Are there any major left-wing conspiracy theories in the USA?

Related: Why does it seem like US conspiracy theorists are overwhelmingly Republican-oriented? The question above explores potential reasons why belief in conspiracy theories is more common among the ...
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Are people in hard science major more likely to be conservative rather than liberal? [closed]

This question ask if more educated people are liberal In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal? A comment asks if people in hard science majors are more likely to be ...
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Is the Democratic Party pushing America to the left? [closed]

I watched a video that said that Republicans pushed the nation to the right. But I am getting the sense that Republicans are in a sense "maxed out" in pushing to the right ideologically. Are ...
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Why does gay marriage support seem to be "inversely" racially polarized particularly comparing White and Black Americans?

When voters are asked "do you support gay marriage", about 60% say yes. In addition it said only 50% of Black adults/reg voters support it, while 60% of white and Hispanic voters do. This ...
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Are there conservative/right-wing parties which propose space exploration?

Is there a conservative/right-wing party in the USA or Europe which plans space exploration? If there are many examples, I'm interested in which example came first chronologically. UPD: answers shold ...
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Why does it seem that social issues overtaking fiscal issues in the USA when it comes to vote choice?

One thing that I have noticed is that social issues are becoming more pertinent to our political values, while economic/fiscal issues are often secondary. Examples: The Rio Grande Valley, a ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

I know this is highly subjective, but it seems to me that since roughly the 2008 presidential election, the American left has been placing less and less emphasis on issues relating to war and peace. ...
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Do more voting rights really make it harder for Republicans to win?

Also, if there is truth behind Republican support to make voting more restrictive for people in general, how long ago might this party have started advocating legislation with more restrictions? Why ...
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Reference Request: A book that explains the origin of the American political left & right

In 2011 spring, in college, someone recommended a book to me. The book was assigned as a political science reading in an undergraduate introductory level political course they were taking at Johns ...
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Is monarchy dismissed by communist ideology?

I imagine that monarchy is quite negative in the eyes of communists. It consists of inequality by default. But I cannot find any sources claiming that indeed the communist propaganda is against the ...
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Did the connection of party and ideology lead to red states and blue states becoming a thing?

I was reading about history and politics. Ideology and party were not closely related. This is pretty hard to imagine but it was true. People from the other party would occasionally cross over to vote ...
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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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Why is ideology not strongly associated with partisanship at the state level?

It is said that Democrats are the liberal party and Republicans are the conservative party. However, the correlation is a lot weaker at the state level. Examples: New Mexico was rated as more ...
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Why do veterans skew right in the US?

I know the military is supposed to be apolitical to a certain degree. But I have found a Pew poll saying that military veterans lean right. This is more pronounced when comparing younger vets to ...
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Why are Democrats more consistent across generation?

I was reading an article in the Pew Research Center. It was talking about generational change. For example, it showed a large increase in Gen Z Republicans saying blacks can't get ahead of whites ...
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Political philosophy: major developments in the last 20 years?

Has there been any groundbreaking academic/ scholarly research conducted in the field of political theory/philosophy in the past 20 years? Obviously the 20th century had a lot of novel political ...
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Did the two major parties switch their ideology position relatively sometime in 20th century? [duplicate]

I have heard that probably sometime in the 20th century, the two major political parties of US switched their ideology position relatively. Is that true? To these days, some politicians of the ...
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Are Americans with strong ideological views less likely to be independent?

I asked another question that sounds similar. I was thinking about political independents. I was wondering if they are less likely to have strong views on issues. This would make sense because ...
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Is ideological sorting unevenly distributed geographically?

I was thinking about whether or not ideological sorting is geographically uneven. This was shown when someone said California is more Democratic but Vermont is more Liberal. The Washington Post wrote ...
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Are liberal republicans concentrated in the Deep South?

I saw another question asking why Bernie Sanders has a high approval among Republicans. I wrote in the comment that it could be because of racial bloc voting in the south where most whites vote ...
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Why have Democrats been consistently identifying as liberal in the US?

I was thinking about ideology of Democrats and how it has changed. For example, we can go to the progressive movement started by the candidacy and unpopular election of Donald Trump. (By unpopular I ...
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Is the US public asymetrically polarized? [closed]

I read about asymmetrical polarization in the federal government. It said that Republicans became more conservative more than Democrats became more liberal in Congress. I have found that the opposite ...
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Is the idea of positions on one issue showing the likely position on another issue a new phenomenon?

I want to know about the fact that certain positions seem to be tied to ideology which is in turn tied to partisanship. For example, the issue of gun control. Supporting gun control is strongly tied ...
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Do the leads of left-leaning candidates tend to grow as more votes are counted in US elections? [duplicate]

I have seen that Hillary Clinton's pop vote lead grew as more votes were counted. For the first example, in a video by Fox News, Clinton won the popular vote by 1.7 million votes, and she won by 2.9 ...
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Are moderate voters less reliable than nonmoderate voters?

I am curious about the bipartisan divide in this country. But there is an additional segment that Gallup says makes up about 36 percent of people: moderates. Is this segment less civically engaged ...
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Roughly how many people associated with Antifa ideology have been charged following investigations into terrorist incidents in the US?

According to a 2018 CRS report: Presumably, the Bureau would investigate antifa followers suspected of criminal activity as domestic terrorists, categorizing them as a type of anarchist ...
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What percentage of African-American Republicans are conservative?

I saw a Gallup article that says that 69% of Republicans overall identify as conservative. I am thinking about a small proportion of Republican voters which is a large proportion of Democratic voters: ...
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Can these specific American news organizations be respectfully classified as either right- or left-leaning? [closed]

My friend (a foreigner) was trying to get his bearings as to the American media and our politics, and I would like to responsibly (and from a neutral stance) introduce him to our news outlets. However,...
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What's the difference between Unionists and Loyalists in Northern Ireland?

As I understand it, both groups advocate for the United Kingdom's retention of the six Ulster counties. What I'm struggling to determine, however, is the difference between these two groups/ideologies....
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What is the difference between Bukharin's version of socialism/ Stalinist socialism, and the national socialism created by Hitler? [duplicate]

We know that Stalin wanted to concentrate on Socialism in one country and not an international revolution, and the ideology used that time was a very nationalistic version of socialism called ...
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Why did communism not succeed in the USA?

Did the Communist Party in the USA, or any other ideological party other than capitalism, ever gain considerable power in the USA, and why is capitalism still the leading ideology in America?
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Why doesn't the US have a "Center Party"? [duplicate]

As I understand the US system, there is the Democratic Party & Republican Party, whose members come from two wings: the moderates (center), and the left (Democratic) or right (Republican). This ...
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Is it possible for Khomeinism to be a part of a democratic system?

Modern Iran is an authoritarian theocratic republic that follows the Khomeinism political ideology. However, some followers of Khomeini believe that the Khomeinism ideology was supposed to be a ...
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What is meant by the term "radical centrist"?

As I understand it currently, centrism is the stance that political decisions should be taken pragmatically, avoiding the advocacy of a "one size fits all" solution, combined with the aversion to ...
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Is there an elaboration on Roger Martelli's conclusion that left-populism is doomed to fail?

In reading an article about Chantal Mouffe's work, some of which advocated for left-populism, I found this bit interesting: According to Mouffe, who is also a philosopher of art, only Jean-Luc ...
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What is the difference between totalitarianism and authoritarianism?

Both ideologies seem to have a dictatorship-like system of governance, no tolerance of dissenting opinions, and an executive which holds absolute power. What is the difference between these two ...
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Why do Christian democratic parties often name themselves "popular" and "people's"?

Parties such as those united under the European People's Party tend to tag themselves as "popular" or "people's" parties. Does this term have any ideological value? Or is it just a non-religious ...
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