Questions tagged [ideology]

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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What exactly are Donald Trump's views on “small government”?

A large fraction in Republican Party in US is what's known as "small government" faction. Their guiding ideological principle is to reduce the size and/or power of Federal government (and they ...
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Can the Overton window split?

The "Overton window" is the name for the idea that there is an acceptable range of ideas in public discourse. Since the mid-eighteenth century, there has been a trend for the "Overton window" to move ...
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Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? [closed]

Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? Similar to how, in the years since the WW2 post-war period, the main political parties ...
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Can communism be effective in a post scarcity economy?

Recently following the discussion by politicians in US elections of "getting jobs back", it seemed clear to me that this phase of losing jobs can't be stopped or even slowed: it's the natural and ...
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How does the alt-right differ from the far-right?

Based on my assessment of the 'alt-right', their values and beliefs do not differ significantly from that of more classic far-right populism/nationalism. They oppose immigration. They are ...
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What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?

What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?
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Have the Republican and Democratic parties “swapped places” in some ways?

I was just reading about the left-right political spectrum and that reminded me: I once read that the Democratic and Republic parties, over time, have swapped places in some way, so that the ...
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What exactly differentiates Juche ideology?

Wikipedia defines Juche as such: Juche, usually translated as "self-reliance", is the official state ideology of North Korea, described by the regime as Kim Il-sung's "original, brilliant and ...
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What exactly differentiates Ba'athism?

Wikipedia defines Ba'athism as such: An Arab nationalist ideology that promotes the development and creation of a unified Arab state through the leadership of a vanguard party over a ...
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Is there a scientific political ideology?

It could be argued, that the idea of "freedom" dictates much of US politics, that the idea of "nation" dictates much of Russian politics, that the idea "responsibility" directs German politics, and so ...
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Is there a non-hierarchical political theory based on inequality?

Left- and right-wing politics are differentiated by their belief in equality. Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, while right-wing politics hold that inequality are ...
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What is the 'alt-right'?

Recently Clinton gave a speech that the majority of Trump supporters were young tech-savvy enthusiastic radically right-wing individuals who have taken over the Republican party from mainstream ...
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Can fascism exclude traditionalism?

Fascist ideologies are almost always defined as traditionalist, in terms of nationalism and religion. Would a political ideology that involved the fascist-style authoritarianism and collectivism but ...
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How accurate is this political orientation chart? [closed]

How accurate is this chart from The Definitive Political Orientation Test? I assume that liberalism is the original meaning of the word as in liberal democracy.
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Can partisan support among whites be predicted by physical appearance?

Are there documented patterns of political preference based on appearance? Note, I'd like to keep the answers focused on white people, as there are obvious relationships between race -> appearance ...
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To what extent are views on vaccination and anthropogenic climate change correlated and why?

A majority of scientists hold the opinions that children should be vaccinated and that climate change is caused mostly by human activities such as burning fossil fuels. There are groups opposing both ...
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Do people who self-identify with the term 'social justice' tend towards respect for the individual or for the collective?

Note: this question has been edited as a result of feedback in the comments. The original title was "Do people who self-identify highly with 'social justice' tend to be left or right wing?" and some ...
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How much more likely are professed political party supporters to support a position taken by that party?

I was wondering if there has been any research conducted on this issue. That is, all other things being equal how much more likely is a professed supporter of a political party or politician to ...
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Evidences proving or refuting the role of Russian KGB in creation of the modern day leftist ideology?

There are people who believe that much of modern leftism boils down to anti-western sentiment. For example, ex-KGB agent Yurl Bezmenov has gone on record (video, YouTube, 1h 20m) stating that the ...
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Shouldn't anarchism be far-right, since right-wing politics opposes “big government”?

Shouldn't anarchism be far-right, since right-wing politics opposes "big government" and favours less government influence? Anarchism has basically no government influence, so shouldn't it be the most ...
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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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Why don't many of the Republicans in the House and Senate believe in climate change?

In their foundations, they support the laissez faire (economics) but they don't accept the green economy. Are there any logical reasons of why most Republicans (not all) refuse to acknowledge climate ...
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What is ISIS fighting for?

I can't find anything on the subject that isn't extremely biased in either direction... Can anyone give me a down to earth answer to what ISIS's ideology is, what exactly are they fighting for? They ...
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Left and right wing: about nazis, populism and radicalism and how we use words [closed]

The German word "Nazi" is extremely fashionable. It's used by media and by citizen. Like a major debate about "right radicals". Just for the protocol: I would call my a social liberal, so I don't ...
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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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Differences between Political ideologies [closed]

What is the basic difference between Anarchism & Communism?
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In the Political Compass test, what does “left libertarian” mean? [closed]

I took a political compass quiz and it categorized me as "left libertarian". What does this mean? If it is a party, then I don't know anything about it, and I was wondering if anyone knew of it, and ...
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What's the difference between affirmative action and racism?

Affirmative action is the policy of favoring certain groups of people over others. In the US, this is generally implemented by basis of race. How is this not the exact definition of ...
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Do any national US politicians exist who are pro-choice, but oppose Roe v. Wade on constitutional grounds or vise versa?

Roe v. Wade is one of the Supreme Court's more controversial decisions due to the controversial nature of abortion and the creative interpretation of the Constitution to block most regulations of ...
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What Behooves An Individual to Acknowledge a Country?

Simple observation shows some being occupying some space on some land on some planet. These are all physically real. If the being is a man and the space is then labeled a country on planet Earth, what ...
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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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Why does the U.S. left-wing party hate being called “socialist”, but in France the left-wing party proudly calls itself “the Socialist Party”?

Why does the main left-wing party in the United States (the Democratic Party) hate being called "socialist", but in France the main left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?
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When allies have leaders of the same ideological orientation in power at the same time - does it improve their foreign relations?

When allied countries, let's say amongst the Five Eyes for brevity, have compatible political parties in power at the same time - does it improve concrete foreign policy and trade objectives? For ...
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Why does the left side with the Palestinians?

The Western moderate left is associated with certain values, in no particular order and with no claim of completeness or nuance: social mobility, personal freedom, safety net, secularism, humanism, ...
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Is there truly *widespread belief* in North Korea that Kim-il Sung created the world?

The wikipedia article on North Korea's cult of personality claims "There is even widespread belief that Kim-il Sung "created the world" and that Kim Jong-il controlled the weather." The linked ...
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Beyond Left and Right [closed]

What kind of political philosophy or ideology doesn't easily fit into the right-left spectrum commonly used to characterize American politics? I have looked every where and the only ones I can find ...
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Is there any notable political view which effectively deals with technological unemployment?

I thought of the recent and past trends of unemployment and I see a clear sign that the technological unemployment won't be smaller than it is now, it increases with time. Take these facts: ...
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What is the pyschology behind the “Silent Majority” claim?

According to Wikipedia, President Nixon used this phrase to refer to those majority of Americans who did not go on a demonstration against the Vietnam war. In any democracy, I believe, there are ...
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Why is equality such a widely accepted political goal?

Even though Egalitarianism is typically associated with the Left, it appears that even the Right considers equality to be desirable. This seems puzzling to me, as there's overwhelming empirical ...
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What are the main differences between different types of Marxism?

Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism, etc are different political idioms with some similarities in ideology. But my question is about their differences: Question: What are the ...
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Have Democrats gotten more liberal?

I'm a bit surprised by this Brookings Institute report on polarity showing Democrats becoming more liberal, though at one fourth the rate at which Republicans are becoming more conservative. The ...
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Is there a study that seeks to quantify left/right bias by gender and country?

Here in Russia, women tend to be much more right-wing than men. Women more often support free market, privatization, vote for billionaires, support the US and NATO policy, support copyright, anti-...
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What are the requisites for political change? [closed]

I have seen there is some specification of the requisites for organizational change. I wonder if there is something similar for political change, I guess this can be extrapolated, or maybe political ...
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Why are Anglophone right-wing working class discourses fixated on taxation, state expenditure, and the state generally?

Anglophone settler society working class discourses vary considerably, with left and right wing discourses, religious and secular discourses, national or racial and cosmopolitan discourses. However, ...
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How did the term “Liberal” become “Progressive”?

Democrats and similar left affiliations used to be known universally as liberals. In recent years, I've heard them referred to as progressives. Why the change? Are liberals and progressives ...
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Why is the name of Kwame Nkrumah's ideology “consciensism”?

Why is Kwame Nkrumah's ideology named 'consciensism'? He was a pan-africanist, what does that mean?
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Are people more likely to seek out news sources they agree with?

Anecdotal evidence certainly suggests that people are more comfortable hearing politically controversial information from sources they already agree with. Such is the business model of MSNBC on the ...
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Why do political bodies often sit in semicircles?

It is quite common for legislative bodies to sit in "semi circles". source I can see how, for historical reasons, this shape was optimal for hearing clearly in a large room, however this needs not ...
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How to find out whether you're on the left or right?

According to this test, I'm a center-left libertarian. Is this accurate? Do you know any other methods?
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(Why) does the US left promote federal powers over state powers?

This comment states that the modern left is often promoting federal powers over state powers. I assume that the comment relates to the United States. It surprises me, because in (northern) Europe, ...