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Why are conservatives so patriotic and hateful of the government at the same time?

Conservatives don't see the government as the "the country." To quote Ronald Reagan in his inaugural address So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government—not the ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

Labels like "conservative" versus "liberal" or "left" versus "right" are often applied to larger-scale political movements, parties or ways of thinking, without every single detail being thrown into ...
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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?

A liberal/conservative divide happens between sparsely-populated rural areas and dense urban ones, with the rural settings more likely to be conservative, and the urban ones more likely to be liberal. ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?

Big business Politics (of either mainstream party) in the USA is dependent on money from big business. Many of those big businesses prioritise short term profit over long term environmental ...
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What is the conservative argument against modern contraception?

very few people – just 4% of all U.S. adults – think contraception is immoral. 5% Democrats and 4% of Republicans - Pew poll, September 2016. In other words, There is no conservative argument ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I think the misunderstanding comes from how conservatives complain about bias in media and tech. Conservatives often don't call for government action, they just want to shed light on the injustices. ...
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Why do Republicans and others accept the propagandaic use of the term "Progressives"?

Almost every term can be appropriated to gain a positive or negative connotation. Even the term "Fascist" used to have a positive connotation once. It was derived from the Italian word "fascio", a ...
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If conservatism believes in individualism, then why do conservatives often support regulation of personal decisions?

tl;dr - Conservatism does not explicitly support individualism. This is a by-product of its central claims. Conservatism is entirely comfortable with both individualism and the social policies you ...
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Shouldn’t conservatives embrace universal basic income?

Forget about names, except for PR purposes. A clear-headed analyst looks that the net flow of money, now and in future entitlements. Call it "UBI" or "tax credit", call it "...
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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?

Dennis Miller is an openly conservative comedian. He had several television shows, although most have been short-lived since he came out as a conservative after 9/11. His radio show lasted until ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?

Proposed solutions to climate change are (almost?) all based on handing greater power to the government, and Conservatives are traditionally for smaller government. Proposed solutions to climate ...
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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?

A perspective from the United Kingdom. Since 1990, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has regularly broadcast Have I Got News For You. They ridicule everybody, but as far as politicians are ...
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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?

The entertainment and media industry is liberal because the people that work there are liberal. Take a look at the CrowdPAC chart below, taken from here. This also explains why there are few ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

This mostly had to do with (as usual, confusing) political terminology and branding. "Liberal" in USA has several meanings, mainly, either (1) "classical liberal" (which in USA is typically branded ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?

To give a somewhat glib answer, Fox News. In a 2019 poll, 12% of Republicans who watch Fox News believe in man-made climate change; the percentage among Republicans who don't watch Fox News rises to ...
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What is this political cartoon by Bob Moran titled "Amnesty" about?

The cartoon seems to be a response to an article in The Atlantic, "Let's Declare a Pandemic Amnesty". The article pleads to not judge too harshly the people who advocated or imposed ...
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If conservatism believes in individualism, then why do conservatives often support regulation of personal decisions?

Modern conservatism is Liberalism + Conservatism Modern conservatism in the United States often tries to define itself by laying claim to the Enlightenment, while rejecting any thought that sprang ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

It probably depends on what circle of 'conservatives' you're talking to, but the most legitimate complaint I see get thrown around, is that big tech companies should be forced to abide by one of the ...
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What caused a massive shift in Republican ideological trajectories in the late '70s?

Assuming the statistic is accurate For a long time, neither the Republicans nor the Democrats were ideologically pure. There were the southern Democrats who voted very differently from the rest of ...
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Why do Communist governments turn more socially conservative over time?

In communist countries, ideology often takes a backseat to practical concerns. In particular, they seek control above all. Jeans and jazz were American cultural exports, and the Soviet Union did not ...
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Why are conservatives so patriotic and hateful of the government at the same time?

Like others have said, the government is not the country. They are two different things that have some overlap. This is also not unique to the US. Look at people in countries that have had dictators ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

The definition of "reactionary" in political context is "opposing political change or reform". People perceiving themselves as "reactionary" usually see the previosly-...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

As far as I can see it, the controversy was about the likely impact of the proposed tax cuts. Liz Truss thinks that the tax cuts may increase tax income and offset expected tax income losses in the ...
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Support for surrogacy from pro-choice groups

Political advocacy groups are usually single-issue in order to not dilute their message and not exclude potential supporters for their primary cause who might object to another cause the group ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?

To speak purely to the Christian theological point -- some theologians have interpreted Genesis 9:11 to be relevant: And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off ...
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Why do Republicans and others accept the propagandaic use of the term "Progressives"?

In your question you cite convervatism as being a neutral term. But then I could reverse your question like so: "conservative" is a neutral word. It tells us that you want to "conserve" something, ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

So I'm on the libertarian side with some leftist and some rightist reservations, so I am not a conservative, but I think there are a few points to be made. I think I should note that I don't buy the ...
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Why do many conservatives in US like the free market but not transactional sex?

What we call "conservatism" in the US is an amalgamation of several different influences, including: Classical liberal thought (Smith, Locke, Mill, and friends), specifically its aversion ...
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How is lowering taxes "socialist"?

It isn't socialist to lower taxes, and it isn't socialist to raise them either - at least not inherently. To understand why, it's necessary to discuss what socialism actually is. Socialism is an ...
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