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Questions related to liberalism which is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality.

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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 reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

As I understand it, most capitalists would argue that the reason the rich deserve their wealth is that they have worked for it, and the fact that they have managed to gain such wealth shows that they ...
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What is the difference between liberalism and libertarianism?

According to wikipedia Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is a political philosophy or worldview founded on the idea of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on ...
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Is there an unambiguous name for the social/political theory “liberalism” without “leftist”?

Wikipedia defnes liberalism as follows: Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on liberty, consent of the governed, and equality before the law. Liberals espouse a wide array of views ...
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Why is gun control associated with the socially liberal Democratic party?

In America, during the past few years (when I started to actually follow politics), gun control has been something that Republican politicians are almost all very strongly against, while it is ...
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When and how did the term “liberal” acquire a leftist/socialist meaning in the US?

Some comments on another question show confusion over the definition of “liberal”: @Eva, still going to have the same problems. For example, what is the liberal position on economic ...
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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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How do Russians [especially Russian Muslims] understand Putin's disapproval of 'multiculturalism'?

The BBC has reported that, at the G20 summit, Russia's president Vladimir Putin remarked that liberalism is obsolete. Which should be no surprise to anyone. The curious part of this criticism of ...
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What is ethical liberalism?

I have recently seen a conference organized by an ex-PM which discussed about the creation of a new political party. One of the speakers mentioned that the party will be centered around "ethical ...
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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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Why is Jeremy Bentham considered Liberal?

I often see Jeremy Bentham being categorised as Liberal, but I cannot understand the reasons behind it. His Utilitarian thinking is not directly related to liberal notions like equality, private ...
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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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Can copyright be interpreted as a liberal economic policy?

Note: This question refers to liberal as in Liberalism, not as in American Liberalism! As copyright is considered a state-guaranteed monopoly for the creators of works, could it be considered a true ...
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Why is modern left defending Islam(ism)?

This might sound like a loaded question but it shouldn't. We see left and right that present day leftists (progressives, liberals, e.g. lefty democrats, greens etc.) are jumping in to defend Islam(...
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What is the neutral term for far left which is mainly preoccupied with identity issues?

While browsing the website, I've seen articles which were saying which terms are NOT considered as proper to describe such school of thought: Alt-left - regardless of contentious issue to what extend ...
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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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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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What are John Rawls core arguments in favor of liberalism?

John Rawls is probably one of the most important recent liberal political theorists, but it seems that few people understand what his arguments in favor of liberalism were. How would you describe ...
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Why is India branded as not a very liberal country? [closed]

Despite being a democracy for 70 odd years, India scores low in many social rankings. Some examples: India is 87th of 144 in the Global Gender Gap Report, below average. India is 98th of 133 in the ...
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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 does mostly liberal California vote for death penalty?

On Election Day 2016 in California: Proposition to legalize cannabis won Proposition to repeal death penalty lost The rest of the propositions were mostly liberal, and most of them won; also the ...
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What are the origins of non-aggression politics within liberalism?

Non-aggression politics plays a significant role in liberalism as a broad tradition. It appears to be central to the revival of Manchester School politics in the United States under the name "...
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Difference between personal property and private property in left-libertarianism

I thought this would be more relevant here than at the English SO. I was reading on Wikipedia about libertarian socialism, which brought me to the article on left-libertarianism. Beginning at the ...
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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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Are there any countries that can be said to be truly liberal, in the sense of only having a very minimal state?

Are there any countries that that can be said to be truly liberal, in the sense of only having a very minimal state (a so-called night-watchmen state)? If not, which ones come closest? Edit: More ...
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What's the difference between Neorealism and Neoliberalism?

Can someone explain to me the difference between Neorealism and Neoliberalism? What do these two theories have in common and what are their differences? It would be perfect to include a real life ...
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Are there any existing laws comparable to Quebec's Bill 20?

Here is a link that explains more in detail what the bill 20 consists of: http://globalnews.ca/news/1728556/opinion-bill-20-will-turn-every-patient-in-quebec-into-a-number-instead-of-a-person/ ...
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US Politics, any grass root like campaign fighting the new tax increase

I just found out from my employer that our social security tax just increase by 2%, which were never publicized as much in the media. I live in NY, a very liberal state, so it would make sense why it ...
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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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What is the theoretical content of the terms used in non-aggression discourse within liberal politics?

The complexity of non-aggression politics within liberalism is obvious: liberalism defends private property which is widely (but not universally) considered to be an act of violence by other political ...
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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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Think tanks and newspapers that are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance?

What think tanks are associated with Macron's En Marche and pan-European Renaissance? What newspapers (possibly French) are read by the voters/supporters of En Marche and Renaissance?
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Public information (and possibility to impact) about ALDE Party transformation into more social liberal movement? [closed]

The Industry 4.0/X.0 is transforming the economic realities. In the past humans competed with humans and both excelled in their skills. Today human needs to compete with the machine/computer/software/...
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Why do so many liberals support dictatorships?

In the 1960's (and onward) there were plenty of liberals who supported the Soviet Union, Cuba, China, and other left-wing and not so left-wing dictatorships. Why? I understand that the US isn't ...
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Did the concept of liberalism become a “misnomer”? [closed]

I am very confused. The Wikipedia entry of liberalism states that this ideology is based on the concepts of liberty and equality. Yet, these are in many senses not fully compatible. Think of a tax on ...
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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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Does liberalism support discrimination of the young by restricting their behavior or thoughts?

I am aware that liberal has a completely different meaning in the rest of the world than in the USA. In the USA, liberal more closely resembles the progressive party and libertarian is closer to the ...
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In left leaning ideologies, how does the concept of cultural appropriation mesh with the concept of universal equality? [closed]

On the one hand, left leaning ideologies tell us that everyone on this planet is supposed to be completely equal, with no distinctions between people based on race, gender, sexual orientation, country ...
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Why don't proponents of welfare services self-organize and do it themselves? [closed]

A welfare service functions in a relatively straight-forward way. People contribute with money to a certain fund. An organisation is set up which administers the use of those funds for welfare ...