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Is Chomsky's “standard technique of privatization” historically accurate?

Noam Chomsky said once in lecture: Social Security is actually in pretty good shape despite what everybody screams about. But if you can defund it, it won't be in good shape. And there is a ...
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Are there substantial consensus results on the political causes and/or consequences of economic inequality in political science?

In economics, there are any number of books and articles that provide a broad survey of theoretical and empirical findings on economic inequality. Much of this material is technical, and most of it is,...
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Would it be plausible to solve the Irish Border issue by unifying Ireland?

The Irish border seems to be the biggest obstacle to establishing an agreement on Brexit and we've seen considerable talk about hard and soft borders. There are two potential solutions that I have NOT ...
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Does anything prevent essential government employees from quitting during the shutdown?

Currently only "essential" government employees are allowed to go to work and they're doing so without pay. But as the shutdown gets longer and people's savings start running out, would anything ...
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239 views

Given the president supports a “clean” CR, when can the US federal government reopen?

The president has announced that he supports a continuing resolution temporarily reopening the US federal government (which is currently partially shut down). Since the opposing party has already ...
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What sort of assistance has Russia provided to back up Venezuelan leaders during previous periods of instability?

A report has come out today that Russia has sent military contractors to help the security of Maduro's regime amidst the current rancor. (source) Is this in line with assistance it has provided during ...
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Why does the UK have to pay EU staff pensions if the EU have been collecting pensions contributions? [duplicate]

Why does the UK have to pay EU staff pensions if the EU have been collecting pensions contributions?
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Is it possible for the United States to abolish the Electoral College? [duplicate]

The Electoral College is probably constitutional, but if it's found that it isn't, is it even possible to remove it?
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2k views

Is it typical for candidates to change their looks based on voter profiles?

One TV series includes the following scene: the wife of one of the presidential candidates is shown several pictures of herself and advised by one of the campaign stuff that based on focus groups it ...
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269 views

Freedom of movement directive after a hard Brexit

Would the freedom of movement directive automatically cease to apply to the UK after a hard Brexit or is some sort of parliamentary action necessary for that?
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212 views

Can the Speaker of the House of Reps be replaced?

What are the requirements to replace the speaker of the House?
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130 views

What “certain conditions” are applicable on Henry George Theorem?

The Henry George theorem, named for 19th century U.S. political economist and activist Henry George, states that under certain conditions, aggregate spending by government on public goods will ...
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Why do some German MPs hold cards up whenever there is a vote in the Bundestag?

You can see here for example https://youtu.be/mKn4Pi3qXjU?t=3594 that members of the Bundestag holding cards up during a vote on a bill. Is this a special kind of voting? How does it work?
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Why is Fox News the most viewed news channel in the US? [closed]

Are there any empirical reasons why Fox News receives overwhelmingly high viewership as compared to other news organizations? Sources: TVNewser TheWrap
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458 views

What does Zimbabwe need to do to become a colony again?

I am a Zimbabwean and I believe that the only way my country can move out of the economic mess we are in is not through politics. But simply giving away the country to anyone/any country that may be ...
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518 views

Why do Russia, China and Cuba support the Maduro government in Venezuela?

According to Washington Post, Russia, China and Cuba back up Maduro in leading Venezuela: Backed by Russia, China and Cuba, Maduro has ordered the arrest, torture and exile of scores of ...
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985 views

Are there any theories as to why there is so little public outcry about the US government shutdown?

As an European living in the US I'm baffled about the partial US government shutdown. Specifically the lack of public outcry surprises me. In general I have the feeling that people sympathize with the ...
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Why do some people believe that antisemiticism means hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination exclusively against Jews? [closed]

According to Wikipedia (a secondary source) Semitic means Semitic most commonly refers to the Semitic languages, a name used since the 1770s to refer to the language family currently present in ...
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131 views

Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union?

Is Turkey in “the” EU Customs Union or in a bilateral customs union with the EU?
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467 views

Why are the Greek nationalists against resolving the name dispute and call FYROM “North Macedonia”?

According to yesterday's newspapers (22th January, 2019), Greek nationalists made street protests against the agreement to resolve the infamous naming dispute when it comes to former-Yugoslav ...
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518 views

What is the nature of the Cooper/Boles amendment and what are the implications?

I understand the Cooper/Boles amendment is an “amendment to the motion.” The motion being Theresa May’s “Brexit Plan B”. What is an amendment to a motion? A proposed change to the wording of ...
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303 views

Have the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU on flights in a no deal scenario?

Have the UK Government reached an agreement with the EU on commercial UK <-> EU flights in a no deal scenario?
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138 views

What agencies are affected by government shutdown? [duplicate]

I did a search and visited a few government websites, but I still can't seem to find all the agencies affected by the shutdown.
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1answer
181 views

What fiscal backbone is there for employees who are now on “leave without pay” due to government shutdown?

Well considering a shutdown takes quite some time, it means there are lots of people with various skillsets who are literary thumbling thumbs. Just to wait till they can get their job back. Since not ...
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185 views

Does GATT Article 24 mean that a transitional tariff regime is permitted if the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated exit arrangement?

Does GATT Article 24 mean that a transitional tariff regime is permitted if the UK leaves the EU without a negotiated exit arrangement? Article 24, paragraph 5: Accordingly, the provisions of this ...
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The “Iran nuclear deal” and the EU

The EU was a key element in the negotiation of the Obama-era "Iran nuclear deal." How did this work with respect member state governments? Did member states choose to delegate responsibility for ...
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Did any EU27 politician oppose appointing Barnier as Brexit negotiator for the EU?

Michel Barnier is the European Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom Exiting the European Union and represents the EU27 in the Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU27. Given how the EU27 ...
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Why do dictators give such long speeches?

As reported in The Economist this week: Nicolás Maduro was sworn in for a second term as Venezuela’s president. He then gave a speech which lasted nearly four hours. Four hours! Fidel Castro was ...
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Why are constituency members and list members elected under MMP/AMS paid the same salary?

Under Mixed Member Proportional representation there are two types of members of parliament some representing constituencies and others elected from closed party lists. Shouldn't members representing ...
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Has Ma'ruf Amin given any reason why he wants Abu Bakr Baasyir freed?

https://news.detik.com/berita/4392582/maruf-amin-sempat-usulkan-pembebasan-abu-bakar-baasyir-tahun-lalu Basically, Jokowi's vice presiden, Ma'ruf Amin wants Abu Bakr Baasyir freed. However, this is ...
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Which investigations against Trump are getting delayed due to the government shutdown? (if any)

There are currently several investigations on-going that involve Trump. Many of them are listed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_investigations_into_Trump_and_Russia_(2017) So my ...
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Has any elected politician apologized for supporting the Women's March?

It's been reported that the "Women's March" organizers have close ties with "antisemitic and homophobic" organization "The Nation of Islam." The Democratic Party withdrew its support for the march ...
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Do non-working, non-essential US Gov't employees get back paid for time not worked?

Essential employees who are working will receive back-pay when the Gov't reopens. What about the non-essential employees who are not working? Will they get back-pay even though they did not work ...
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How is Northern Ireland currently being governed with its executive vacant and its legislature suspended?

Currently, the Northern Ireland Executive is vacant while the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, following the resignation of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and subsequently First ...
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Are there any examples of electoral bonds or similar instruments usage in the Western democracies?

After Reading this question I have searched if any Western democracy have used something similar to make political campaign financing more transparent. From the accepted answer in the aforementioned ...
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336 views

How nobility status affect modern Britain's social and power structures?

Unlike most other European countries, Britain had no noble-destroying revolutions in history, so its noble class appears to be present. But Is there some limits based on noble/not noble in modern ...
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What are valid criticisms of how Theresa May has approached Brexit?

I am an American who has followed Brexit for a while and have a view that I suspect is wrong and would appreciate an informed correction. From the outside it seems that Theresa May, a conservative ...
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How does a minority motion in the House of Commons take priority over Government business?

It is being reported in the press today that "rebels" opposed to Brexit "have drawn up an amendment that would allow a motion backed by a minority of 300 MPs to take precedence over government ...
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How could a wealth tax (not income tax) be implemented to make evasion difficult?

Recently liberals and conservatives alike have floated returning to the high marginal income tax rates of the mid 20th century, as a method to help reduce inequality in the United States, among other ...
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Why does the Common Agricultural Policy exist?

The Common Agricultural Policy is a system of state grants to farmers in the EU. Why do farms warrant public funding in this way? Isn’t this, in effect a form of protectionism?
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Does the 1997 FTA between the EU and Mexico reduce tariffs to zero, or simply agree to reciprocity?

Does the 1997 FTA between the EU and Mexico reduce tariffs to zero, or simply agree to reciprocity? I ask because a modernised version of the agreement is being finalised that “scrap high Mexican ...
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Is there a way to see a list of amendments to a proposed directive?

I would like to identify how Article 13 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market 2016/0280(COD) has changed over time. Is there a way to see this?
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Does extending Article 50 legally require a new set date?

If the United Kingdom chose to apply for a delay to Article 50, must they set a new (target) date in order to do so? Or could the UK suspend postpone Article 50 until further notice / indefinitely, ...
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Who is counted for representation in the US Congress?

I was reading an article about the citizenship question on the decennial US census. The article said that including the citizenship question would discourage immigrants from participation in the ...
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Are EFTA migration rules substantively different to EU migration rules?

Are EFTA migration rules substantively different to EU migration rules? IIUC freedom of movement applies per a definition in the EFTA Convention but Directive 2004/38/EC (the full EU FOM directive) ...
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What is the next portion of the US government that will be shutdown?

Currently, it appears that around 25% of the US government is shutdown. To the best of my understanding, this is because different departments funding expires at different times. What does the ...
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Can the US Congress allocate funds conditionally?

Could Congress allocate funds for a project or agency, but add a restriction that the funds cannot be used until some other criteria is met? For example (purely hypothetically, of course): Could ...
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Is there a name for sanctioned populations turning against their own governments rather than turning against the sanctioning power?

For a long time I have been wondering whether there is a specific concept given to the phenomenon that occurs when a fraction of local populations who are at the receiving end of sanctions or any ...
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Pensions of British EU Civil Service in Theresa May's brexit deal

Back in 2016, there was disagreement over who would foot the bill for pensions paid out to British members of EU Civil Service. Normally, they would get their pensions from the EU, but due to brexit ...
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How does the Mueller investigation compare with former investigations in terms of length of time, money spent, and indictments?

How does the Mueller investigation compare with former investigations, of a similar size and scope, in terms of length of time, money spent, and indictments brought? What are some of the extreme ...

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