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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 toward centralized power. This manifests in the more pro-market, anti-regulation, and personal rights aspects of conservatism. Conservatives who are more aligned ...


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It was surprisingly hard to find sources that somehow relate the political positions of US candidates to the European system—in most cases it wasn’t clear whether a left/right distinction was based on the European or the US perception. Nonetheless, here are two examples: Bernie Sanders describes himself as a ‘democratic socialist’ and is perceived to be ...


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The sentence in bold is a reasonable generalization about overall voting patterns in recent decades, in the US, UK and elsewhere. Here is data from the 2019 UK election from YouGov. Voters with a degree are almost half as likely as those with a low level of education to vote Conservative. I will also note that the title of the Economist article is a clear ...


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What you call [US] conservatives (i.e. the Republican party) isn't a monolithic block of thought, but a coalition. The essence of it, as far as this discussion goes is that there are two opposite poles: For the religious right, (Bible) morality trumps any [Von Neumann–Morgenstern-derived] utility theory arguments for free markets, or fuzzier notion(s) of ...


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I am not really sure where you are getting confused. Neither liberals, nor conservative are opposed to regulating whatever they think is bad. (a certain brand of) Conservatives: free market good, prostitution bad. Prohibit the 2nd. (a certain brand of) Liberals: free market bad, prostitution bad. Limit the 1st, prohibit the 2nd. Note that there are ...


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Already back in January, Strache spoke on a New Year’s reception of the then DAÖ (Die Allianz für Österreich, the Alliance for Austria). At the time, he was no longer a member of the FPÖ (having been suspended formally after ‘resting his membership’ voluntarily) but had not yet joined another grouping. The DAÖ was a group of former FPÖ members who split off ...


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First, allow me to make a distinction between terms that are often conflated: A state is a political unit that controls a more or less well-defined physical territory, such that all the people who live there are subject to the laws set out by the state, and all the resources of that territory are 'owned' by the state (and by extension, the citizens and ...


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Actually almost all conservatives in the US, in fact almost all voters and politicians in the US, are perfectly OK with certain types of transactional sex, just not all types. Paying porn models and actors to have sex is legal, and personally I have never met anyone who thought it should be illegal. There's an inconsistency between that fact and the fact ...


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There are a number of ways of approaching this question, but the best answer (I think) comes from feminist theory. The binding tie between economic conservatism and social conservatism is the preference for 'traditional' social structures — established systems of social authority — and in 'traditional' society women are still largely viewed as resources ...


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This isn't the primary answer, but makes a point about how you frame the issue. Even a very libertarian politician might oppose prostitution by married people, since if marriage is viewed as a contract, soliciting prostitution with a married person amounts to founding a business upon a business model designed to breach contracts in ways that are hard to ...


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It's really quite simple: in the current state of US politics, most conservatives must deal with the fact that a large share of the people who might vote for them are conservative Christians. Christianity has a long history of regarding sex as sinful*. It's not supposed to happen outside of marriage, and then only for the purpose of procreation. So to ...


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The compatibility of conservatism and democracy very much depends on a particular nation's history and which portions of that nation's history or traditions the conservatives in question wish to conserve. Imagine a nation with a history and tradition of nothing but Democracy, but considering a move to a technocracy. In that instance the conservatives would ...


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Conservatism is an ideology(often associated with right wing ideologies) that believes that the current way, or a former way is a better one. There is no reason why it doesn't belong in a democratic society. But there are conservative streams that are less democratic. Religious conservatives for example sometimes oppose women's voting rights, which of course ...


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