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Why did Marx believe that mass industrialisation was a prerequisite for the proletarian revolution?

Apparently, Marx believed that mass industrialisation was a prerequisite for the proletarian revolution. Why did he believe this?
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Does any other governmental body have constituencies similar to Seanad Éireann?

Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate) has rather unusual (unique?) constituencies. Three senators are elected by graduates of the University of Dublin. Three senators are elected by graduates of the ...
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Is it illegal for a U.S. government to put up a "Christmas" tree?

I have occasionally heard that it may be illegal for a U.S. government to put up a "Christmas" tree. Is this true? If yes, what is the motivation for this? I have heard that separation between church ...
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Could the US legally adopt Indonesia's 'religion in schools' setup?

There have been recent news stories about Indonesia's plan to increase religious teaching in schools. This intrigues me, as here in the United States, schools can't force students to worship specific ...
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What exactly do political aides do?

Whenever you read about the history of any recent politician (or at least, American politicians) it says "They were an aide in the Clinton administration" or something similar. What exactly do these ...
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Does depreciation count in scoring a budget proposal?

I'm going to be meeting with my Congressman soon about a modest proposal I have that could be a big deal. My Congressman (Frank Wolf) is a big proponent of telecommuting already, and is quite aware ...
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What are the practical effects of having too large a debt load?

My understanding is that Japan has a debt-to-gdp ratio of approximately 200%. It is considered to be one of the worst in the world. The United States is only in the 100% range. What effects would ...
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What would the National Debt's minimum payment warning notice read?

The CARD Act modified what credit cards need to disclose to you on your monthly statements. One requirement was a Minimum Payment warning: Minimum Payment Warning: If you make only the minimum ...
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What percentage of federal U.S. government employees are considered non-essential during a governmnent shutdown?

There have been two U.S. government shutdowns in recent history, Nov 1995 and Dec 1995. Looming government shutdowns seem to be a bit of a joke as read here, or on NPR Still, with so many federal ...
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Hypothetical challenge to the 22nd Amendment

What if, for whatever odd reason (disregarding the extreme unlikeliness of this ever happening), a two-term President of the United States was elected to a third term by popular write-in vote? What ...
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Are there any notable Gay Rights groups advocating "Get the Government out of marriage" solution to same-sex marriage?

One of the main arguments made in favor the of US (or non-US) Government recognizing same-sex marriage is the "equality" one - that heterosexual couples have unequal rights with same-sex couples in ...
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Has a government minted this much money at once before?

There are discussions on the internet of a scheme by which the United States government could continue to function without raising the debt ceiling. This scheme boils down to the use of a loophole ...
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What are the most known examples of weighed voting that are practiced in democratic countries?

From Yannis' answer to What are the reasons against plural voting?: ...similarly to how forms of weighted voting are not generally considered undemocratic and are practiced and widely accepted in ...
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How would the trillion-dollar coin save the United States' economy?

Recently I read in a news post that the Treasury Department is able to order the coinage of a coin made of platinum with a value of 1,000,000,000,000 USD, or 1 trillion US dollars. You can read about ...
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Is the abortion debate as divisive outside the US as it is inside?

In the United States, abortion is a highly polarizing issue: We have political organizations with substantial influence on the major parties, it is a regular topic of debate amongst candidates (less ...
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Would Third Party Candidates in the United States fare better under a proportional representation split of electoral votes?

One major difficulty in winning election as a third party candidate is the first-past-the-post , winner-take-all system of allocating votes in the electoral college. It tends to support a primary ...
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What factors helped Silvio Berlusconi become the longest serving PM in post-war Italy? [closed]

We know that Silvio Berlusconi is a very rich man and controls the media in Italy. What are the "political factors" that put him on top of the politics chain in Italy?
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Were there any historical states that lacked the concept of marriage?

Marriage seems universal, occurring at all times and in all cultures. The implications of marriage differ vastly across countries, yet it seems that all countries recognize marriages (at least if ...
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Do E.U. employees pay tax on their salaries?

Do they pay tax in Belgium, their country of origin or a special E.U. tax?
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Does any other country than the USA have a constitutional "right to bear arms"?

In the United States of America, the Second Amendment to the constitution states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I have the impression that the USA are ...
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Why are US laws written in such convoluted formats?

In recent times, the fiscal cliff has become a hot topic in the United States, and its resolution was applauded by both parties in Congress. However, upon reading parts of the actual American ...
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How far does in loco parentis extend for schools in the United States?

To my personal opinion, In the United States schools have adopted the position that they have in loco parentis authority over students, at the moment the students leave the company of their parents. ...
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Have any of the "We the People" petitions ever resulted in policy changes?

I was looking at the U.S. White House's "We the People" petition website they had set up shortly after Obama took office, and noticed that most of the petitions are in the ridiculous or at least not ...
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Is the PATRIOT ACT constitutional? [closed]

As noted by multiple civil libertarian groups, the PATRIOT ACT and its associated laws authorize the government to conduct courts in which the interpretation is not made public, and searches may be ...
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Which US states give proportional Presidential electoral college votes to candidates?

The US Presidential election uses an "electoral college" system, where each state gets a certain number of "electors" (votes), and those electors cast the official votes for President. Each state's ...
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What exactly was in the 2012 fiscal cliff deal?

So what exactly was in the 2012 fiscal cliff deal that congress passed at the beginning of 2013? I understand that they further extended the Bush tax cuts for people making less than $400 thousand to ...
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What are the constitutional options for the presidency of Venezuela?

In Venezuela exist a big uncertainty about what will happen with the health of the president Hugo Chávez, the problem is that the old-term presidency finishes at 10-January and it's possible that the ...
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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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Is it allowed to protest peacefully against the government on certain issues in India?

In the light of recent wave of public protests against the government on the current issue of Delhi Gang Rape, I am posting this question to be aware of the fact if such protests are allowed against ...
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Which party did the US citizens who don't pay federal income taxes vote for in 2012?

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury" - unknown (frequently attributed to ...
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If the US switched to the metric system, what would the net 20-year economic savings be?

If the United States were to adopt the metric system of units, as commonly used in all other advanced industrial economies, there would clearly be switching costs for the economy as a whole, and there ...
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What legitimizes the Maoists in Nepal, now that the government has expired?

According to this article in the Economist, Nepal's government has expired, and there isn't really a procedure in place to either call new elections or put in a new constitution. In May an assembly ...
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What are the reasons against plural voting?

Plural voting is the practice whereby one person might be able to vote multiple times in an election. It used to exist historically (see Wikipedia) but was generally abandoned. It seems that modern ...
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Are there modern examples of plural voting?

Plural voting is the practice of allocating more than one vote to a person based on some criteria (such as land ownership, university education, etc...). According to Wikipedia, anywhere it was in ...
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Is there a video online that shows the congressional session which confirms the US Presidential Election?

Normally the sessions of United States congress are available online for review by the public. Are the session(s) which involve the certification of the results of the US Presidential Elections (of ...
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What are the political challenges in defeating organized crime?

Fighting organized crime is in the best interests of everybody and after all, for politicians, less crime will make your electorate happier. On the other hand, countries have been wildly unsuccessful ...
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How does range voting deal with lack of objective scoring?

It seems that in most real life examples of range voting, they are in a niche field where either: There are objective measurable criteria for how to determine ranges (physical distance, time distance)...
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Why is insincere/tactical/strategic voting considered undesirable?

In most of scholarly discussions about voting systems, the implication seems to be that one of the desired goals is to minimize/eliminate insincere/tactical/strategic voting: Tactical voting is ...
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What legal impediments might there be to alternate voting systems?

Most jurisdictions in the US use first-past-the-post voting. This appears to me to be a historical artifact; I'm not aware of any legal impediments on a federal level that would prevent states or ...
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Have any municipalities in the US ever used approval voting?

Approval voting is an alternate voting system which some people believe has many advantages over our standard first-past-the-post system. Instead of marking a single candidate, the voter marks every ...
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What are the limits of the second amendment?

The second amendment of the US constitution states: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be ...
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How to make a democracy more efficient? [closed]

A dictatorship can be very efficient, but it's seldom democratic. On the other hand, some democracies now are terribly inefficient. Changes are hard to pass and implement because obstructionism by ...
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Is legalization of marijuana legal in the United States?

The question posed here is whether the states' partial nullification of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) is legal. Under the supremacy clause, federal law and statute should trump state law, but ...
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What caused a change in Bo Xilai's support for "elitists" into support for "populists"?

Bo Xilai Wiki's Political alignment and affiliations section states that: In the course of his career, Bo Xilai was the beneficiary of considerable patronage from former Communist Party leader Jiang ...
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Are all retroactive laws, ex post facto laws?

In the United States, Congress' seeming inability to pass a fiscal cliff bill before the 1/1/13 12:00 AM deadline has sparked discussion that Congress could potentially pass a bill sometime in January ...
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Do municipal and state police have to cooperate with federal police?

To what level do local/state police have to cooperate with federal police when state law differs from national law, especially regarding the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington ...
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Forming national-agreement government in Nepal? [duplicate]

Nepal is one of the developing Himalaya countries [with Mt. Everest] in south Asia in between India and China. For about 10 years, there was an armed civil war led by NCP(Maoist). After peace talk ...
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How is it that a corporation would not derive rights from the people inside it. (speech in particular)

This is a political issue that I genuinely don't understand very well. I don't have to go very far to hear opposition to the fact that currently corporations are protected under the first amendment. ...
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What are the criteria for avoiding the fiscal cliff?

One of the biggest items in the news is that we will go off the "Fiscal cliff" (large amount of tax increases and spending cuts) if Congress doesn't come to an agreement of some kind. My question is: ...
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Where can I read about the Princelings in depth?

I'm looking for a comprehensive study of the Chinese Princelings. Is there a book or a thorough article (or a series of articles) in which I could find this? It would be best if the text were pleasant ...

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