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What is the Alt-Left?

The alt-left is not really a thing unless you live in Switzerland, where it is a political party. In the US, it's a term that got cooked up by the alt-right to describe their fantasized progressive ...
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What is the Alt-Left?

There is no "alt-left". It's a term made up by the right to far-right in an attempt to create a false equivalence between white supremacists and those opposing white supremacism: It's a &...
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In the US why is nationalism equated with racism?

There are various forms of "Nationalism", but one prevalent belief is that "My Nation is better than others". Racism can be broadly understood to be the belief that "My race is better than others". ...
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Are there any major left-wing conspiracy theories in the USA?

Yes, there are plenty of conspiracy theories that are primarily supported by left-wing voters and politicians. Here are a few examples (not meant to be an exhaustive list): Conspiracy theories about ...
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Is there a term for someone whose preferred policies are a mix of left and right?

I looked at your profile and saw that you're an American. You are confused by Bob because you assume that the political positions held by the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are directly ...
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Is there a push, in the United States, to use gender-neutral language and gender pronouns (when they are given)?

Pronouns are a thing, but they aren’t the thing for the most part. They’re about simple interpersonal communication and respect (it’s no big deal to make a mistake, it’s pretty insulting to adamantly ...
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Why does gay marriage support seem to be "inversely" racially polarized particularly comparing White and Black Americans?

African Americans vote Democratic mainly because of civil rights issues, on which many believe the modern GOP has (shall we say) a somewhat poor track record. But setting that aside, African Americans ...
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What is the Alt-Left?

The alt-left, regressive left, or illiberal left are terms used to describe a subset of people on the left. The three terms may not be exactly the same, however they are close enough that I felt it ...
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Is Communism intrinsically authoritarian?

It depends on what you mean by communism. If you mean what the Soviet-bloc states ended up like, then, yes, all historical examples of this communism were pretty authoritarian. If you want to indulge ...
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Is Libertarianism left wing or right wing?

The first important thing to notice is that political labels mean different things in different parts of the world and in different points of time. In contemporary US politics libertarian is usually ...
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Why are White Americans in the Southern region of the USA much more conservative and Republican than elsewhere?

Deep Roots First, relative political conservatism and liberalism are remarkably stable in any given geographic area over time (even though, in absolute terms corresponding to specific policies, almost ...
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Is there a push, in the United States, to use gender-neutral language and gender pronouns (when they are given)?

Yes, but as a small part of the larger US culture wars The push to use gender neutral pronouns, or to insist that people must use the pronouns that they are explicitly told to use or face ostracism ...
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Why do veterans skew right in the US?

The modern US military is self-selecting — a professional army, not a conscripted one — so I doubt this effect would hold true historically. But as a rule, the political Right tends to value military ...
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Why do right-wing parties generally oppose the legalization of marijuana?

Much of politics doesn't fit into the traditional left-right one-dimensional political spectrum. Politics is multi-dimensional. Marijuana legalisation (and the legalisation/regulation of other drugs) ...
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Why would far-left groups oppose Macron’s re-election?

First, a bit of background is necessary: Macron was the Minister of Economy and Industry under Valls' government, when Hollande was president (this was a centre-left government). Previously, Macron ...
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How do politicians on the Left side of the political spectrum reconcile the need to protect workers with the support for immigration?

I don't think that there is anything to reconcile. As you said, left-wing politicians support strong regulation for workers rights and a high minimum wage. The poorest workers make minimum wage, so ...
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What is the difference between totalitarianism and authoritarianism?

From a very abstract point of view, the difference is that totalitarianism desires to completely (totally) influence the thoughts and actions of its citizens, even into the private sphere, while ...
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Why does the left side with the Palestinians?

The question seems to assume that sharing values with someone necessarily implies that you support that person (or group etc) in all things. There's a difference between sharing certain values with a ...
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Is Communism intrinsically authoritarian?

First, I wanted to make clear that "authoritarianism" does not mean "enforces rules with some form of force" - if we were to use that definition, then every single system of ...
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Why does gay marriage support seem to be "inversely" racially polarized particularly comparing White and Black Americans?

Voting Democratic doesn't mean you support every plank of Democratic policy. The Democratic party consists of three main wings in an uneasy coalition: The traditional white working class: in favour ...
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What is gerrymandering called if it's not the result of redrawing districts?

"Disproportionate representation" describes the result without making any reference to the cause. For example, States have disproportionate representation in the Senate is a perfectly reasonable ...
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Is Libertarianism left wing or right wing?

Libertarianism is neither Left nor Right-wing. It's on a spectrum opposite of Authoritarianism. So, as you go further towards Authoritarian, you want more and more government control and intervention ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

The "anti-war" rubric is mainly a conservative conflation of a lot of different Centrist, Leftist, and (non-authoritarian) Rightist positions. I mean, it is often blithely applied to wide ...
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Why does the U.S. left-wing party hate being called "socialist", but in France the left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?

Because US Democratic party is not left wing, it's just slightly more to the left than extremely right wing Republican party. This is an important point, one that is worth expanding. The ideology of ...
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Is there a term for someone whose preferred policies are a mix of left and right?

The phrase "politically homeless" has been used a lot in the UK lately for this kind of situation, since almost nobody is entirely happy with how either party has handled Brexit, and there are people ...
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Why does the U.S. left-wing party hate being called "socialist", but in France the left-wing party proudly calls itself "the Socialist Party"?

There are many in the United States who lack a basic understanding of Socialism in even a few of its many forms. The most damning indictment is when a person uses Communism, Nazism, and Socialism as ...
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Are there any major left-wing conspiracy theories in the USA?

If you consider environmentalism and green politics left wing (and generally most people consider even the less radical politics solidly left wing), then you can find plenty of conspiracies around ...
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How do politicians on the Left side of the political spectrum reconcile the need to protect workers with the support for immigration?

This a good question, because what seems intuitive is often not exactly so. In this case, immigration doesn't lower wages. For example: a 2016 report by the London School of Economics found that the ...
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Why do working class people vote for the political right?

How could so many rich men like George Clooney and Bill Gates vote for Hillary Clinton? After all, she openly said that she thought it was sexist to hire a man (Donald Trump) over a woman (her). And ...
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