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Why aren't Americans simply called "Americans"?

"...people in the USA like dividing themselves up into groups..." Not everybody in the US likes this or does this. Despite my heritage (there are many hyphenated identities I could apply), I am ...
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Why aren't Americans simply called "Americans"?

No other people does this. The USA has a fairly unique history in that the majority of its population are immigrants or descendants of relatively recent immigrants. In many other countries, this is ...
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Why aren't Americans simply called "Americans"?

Other people do that. Eg in Germany there are "Russlanddeutsche" (Germans from Russia, which are considered "Volksdeutsche") or "Deutschtürken" (People from Turkey that emigrated to Germany themselves,...
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What do woke and cancel groups call themselves?

Progressive groups The "woke" ideology is, in essence, being conscious of various prevailing discriminations, and actively working to reform the system against such. They would like to call ...
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When does someone from England identify themselves as British versus identifying themselves as English?

Simply If I am speaking to anyone from any other country in the world then I am British. If I am speaking to an Englishman then I am Scottish. If I meet another Scotsman in Scotland then we are ...
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What do woke and cancel groups call themselves?

Wikipedia defines "woke" as: a broader awareness of social inequalities such as sexism, and has also been used as shorthand for American Left ideas involving identity politics and social ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

This is not a valid dichotomy, because "identity politics" simply means an election campaign strategy of saying "Vote for us if you belong to [demographic] because we are the party of [demographic]". ...
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Why aren't Americans simply called "Americans"?

Immigration Recency As others have mentioned, America is a country of Immigrants. To some extent, so are many other countries, including the UK, but differences exist. In the US, the native population ...
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Why aren't Americans simply called "Americans"?

I think you are focusing too much on the formal aspect of the language term here. Not all the XXX-American groups are alike. Most XXX-Americans consider themselves just Americans in everyday life, ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

They are not mutually exclusive, but there are contentious points. Both positions are a bit ill-defined (I really needed to look up what "identity politics" and "New Left" means), so I will define ...
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What do woke and cancel groups call themselves?

I mostly agree with Phillip's answer, but I want to get more in depth with how woke is used and why it's hard to give a good alternative. The problem is that while woke was once a real term created ...
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Why are gender and race mentioned so often in politics, even though they're supposed to be irrelevant in a progressive society?

The simplest answer is that your question is not correct in fact: you do not live in a “progressive” society. are supposed to be completely irrelevant and we should Should statements are usually ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

Short answer: No identity politics and freedom of speech aren't opposing ideals, though there is some conflict between the two as identity politics devolves. Identity politics itself derives from the ...
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Why is the term "Jewish Privilege" never used?

Because that, (given the examples cited), would not be a correct use of the term privilege. The fact that Jewish culture reveres scholarship is advantageous in fields like Law, Medicine, Education, ...
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How can someone avoid being labeled as an extremist when criticizing often discriminated political entities?

There is a very thin line between criticizing the government of a country and criticizing the country as a whole. If you criticize the Arstotzkan government for antagonizing Kolechia, you are making ...
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Why aren't Americans simply called "Americans"?

Most "other people don't do this", because they don't need to. They live in different kinds of countries. Most nations around the world, since the late 19th Century, and particularly in Europe since ...
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What is the neutral term for far left which is mainly preoccupied with identity issues?

I would pick from the following terms, in roughly this order: Whatever they use to describe themselves, if you are talking about a specific person or group of people. Usually people who are heavily ...
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Why aren't Americans simply called "Americans"?

The phrase "_____-American" mostly gained traction when trying to find a kinder way to describe people of Africa descent while still acknowledging that history. While certainly other countries use ...
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Were there any "Punch A Nazi" polls done in the US?

The right-wing Cato Institute did a survey about punching Nazis. According to the survey, only 32% of the general population say that it is morally acceptable, and even among strong liberals the ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

I would say it isn't an entirely false dichotomy. collectivism (which is what identity politics is) will always promote restrictions on speech that will threaten the collective or the political theory ...
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When does someone from England identify themselves as British versus identifying themselves as English?

As a Scotsman I think I can answer this as definitively context sensitive. A current event or time served with the armed forces re-instills a British identity. . But classically in sport achievement,...
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Why is the term "Jewish Privilege" never used?

So, if Jews are so over-represented in positions of power, privilege and elite circles, why is the term "Jewish Privilege" never used to describe that phenomenon? There's two reasons. 1. Jews Are ...
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How much more likely are professed political party supporters to support a position taken by that party?

Yes* An article published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Cohen, 2003) conducted an experiment looking at something similar. What they found was that people agreed with policies ...
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Are there any examples of multicultural mass democracies which don't have ethnic-based party politics?

Short Answer The question is based upon a false premise. While there are ethnic based political parties in many multi-party democracies in countries with multiple ethnicities, the mere fact that any ...
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How can someone avoid being labeled as an extremist when criticizing often discriminated political entities?

If you want an exact answer: You can't. Once you criticize a group, there will be always people who wants to see you as an enemy (of their cause). This is understandable because it is easy and ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

If Person A tells Person B they would rather Person B not use a certain word, are any fundamental rights to freedom of speech being infringed? Is anyone actually being censored? After all, this is the ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of a democratic society. Limitations to it should be carefully considered - in the end, a society has to stand or fall on the strengths of its people, not on what ...
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Is 'identity politics' vs 'freedom of speech' a valid dichotomy?

I can think of two examples that lead to the answer being no. A valid dichotomy would mean in this case that there can't be a group that identifies themselves primarily as advocates of freedom of ...
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Why did South Texas shift towards the Republicans?

Insofar I haven't seen much beyond expert opinion on this, and most of it focused on Trump's win in Florida, where the Trump campaign advertised heavily in Spanish describing Biden as a (Venezuela-...
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What do woke and cancel groups call themselves?

"Woke" I think it is a disservice to ignore the fact that "woke" is vernacular from the Black community. A kind of whitewashing, even. The reason I bring this up is because it ...
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