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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

Almost all high-speed broadband Internet service providers, except in high-density urban populations, have limited competition, if not full monopolies. A small start-up would have to build out their ...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

The answer is First Past The Post. The nature of the voting system is such that many people who would rather support a 3rd Party feel compelled to vote against the party that they like the least, ...
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What did Reagan mean when he said: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.' "?

Reagan made the statement during The President's News Conference, and understanding the context of the event can help establish his meaning. It's worth mentioning that I've seen some indications that ...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

The Economist Intelligence Unit (a subsidiary of the Economist group best known for its publication) publishes its Democracy Index every year. It seems that the latest, 2021, requires registration, ...
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Seen from Europe, why is there a hard separation between Republicans and Democrats in the US?

American political parties are essentially standing coalitions that do their coalition building before elections instead of after What is typical in Europe and other parts of the world is for a ...
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Why do people at the top of a bureaucracy/government have to get paid the most?

This is not true, in a universal sense. In general it's true that, in government as in other fields, the higher up you rise, the higher your salary is, but what's much more important is the field you'...
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What is the biggest monarchy where the monarch has real power in modern day?

By almost any measure, Saudi Arabia takes the prize. Most of the absolute monarchies or even monarchies where the monarchy has more than symbolic power outside a rare constitutional crisis are in the ...
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Why has the UK Government moved away from "Ministry of..." names?

Firstly, it's not quite correct to say that UK Government departments were traditionally named Ministries. The common use of the term Ministry to describe government departments was mostly introduced ...
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Why would the government force its population to save for retirement?

If your country also has a welfare system, and someone doesn't save for their retirement, they'll end up on welfare when they stop working. So the government is going to have to pay their expenses ...
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Do politicians use bug trackers or version control etc.?

Politicians, that is to say, the people that we elect, do not actually do the work of the government. Their primary job is raising funds and encouraging people to vote for them. Legislation is ...
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Why are stenographers still employed and present within many governmental chambers?

I wasn't able to find an answer online, so I called the Office of the Clerk of the House to ask why they use stenographers instead of electronic recording devices. They gave me a list of reasons: To ...
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Why did political parties form in the United States?

A safeguard WAS put into place. We call it the Electoral College (although it is not named as such in the Constitution). It failed miserably at that goal. The original vision when the Electoral ...
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In the Weimar Republic what was the role of the people sitting on the left side of the speaker?

Very good question and I am surprised that I as German needed to dig deeper into the stuff than anticipated. I tried to consult the German Wikipedia and the normal Google results, but got essentially ...
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Why do Americans vote on coroners, magistrates, school directors, and tax collectors?

What's going on? This is a leftover from earlier historical tradition, which had lots of lower-level democracy. For example, coroners being elected was a tradition not just from early days of USA, ...
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Why do identification documents have expiration dates?

Many identity documents contain pictures. These pictures will not be very useful after several decades. German identity cards are valid for 10 years if issued after the 24th birthday, but only for 6 ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

The capitalist answer to this problem is that when there is a real desire for net-neutral internet providers, then the market will create them. An internet provider could publicly commit to ...
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

Note that the manufacturer has worked around this ban by introducing the Kinder Joy It has plastic egg-shaped packaging that splits into two, one half contains layers of cocoa and milk cream and the ...
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Why do government employees pay income taxes?

Easier for everybody For the government Taxes are complex. It is not only how much the employee gets from the government. It is also: other income sources other income sources from family members (...
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What did Reagan mean when he said: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.' "?

A great many of the current problems on the farm were caused by government-imposed embargoes and inflation, not to mention government's long history of conflicting and haphazard policies (Reagan's ...
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Why are Kinder Surprise Eggs illegal in the USA?

They have tiny pieces that are considered to be a choking hazard. There have been some high profile and tragic deaths among children due to choking on toys with small pieces. So the United States is ...
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"Government transplant" been tried? At what scale, and what were the results?

The pattern you describe is called colonization. Think of it. A place that is viewed as being "without proper government." Europeans come in, bring their laws and administration, in the hope that the ...
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Why don't some governments trust people when they tell them they live at a particular address?

Having the wrong address in a government database could allow many types of fraud, from taxes to welfare. Imagine you tell the Austrians that you live in Slovakia, and the Slovaks that you live in ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Define good lobbying and bad lobbying. That's a major challenge. You don't want a paid lobbyist for big oil or the arms industry to visit representatives and grease their palms, but you you do want ...
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Would anything stop a technology company from shutting down in protest of government regulations?

Note that those free services have some way for the company to make money. This can be by way of advertising or gathering data which they can sell or otherwise use to make money (for example provide ...
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Why is the US listed as a "flawed democracy" in the Democracy Index?

the US has low scores in "Functioning of Government" (6.43) and also in "Political Culture" (6.25), but I don't understand those terms. Lack of Compromise Politics. This is what I ...
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How can one check whether tax money is being effectively used by the government for improving a nation?

One cannot, because using money effectively or using money wisely are normative statements, which reflects one's subjective judgement about what is good for the country and its people. Thus, one can ...
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Do politicians use bug trackers or version control etc.?

Do politicians use bug trackers or version control etc.? This is hilarious. Many of them barely use email. Version control software is pretty much specific to software engineering. Even disciplines ...
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Does America have political factions like those in China

Sure, a faction is "a small organized dissenting group within a larger one, especially in politics." So, for example the "Tea Party" and "Never-Trumpers" are factions ...
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