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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 HIV/AIDS are popular in many left-leaning demographics in the US, especially black and Hispanic Americans. According to one survey, "approximately 55% of ...


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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 are significantly more religious than whites (83% to 61% absolute certainty in the existence of God, heavily concentrated in the Southern Protestant Christian ...


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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 of economic redistribution by strong unions, high taxes and strong social safety nets. However they are socially conservative; they oppose gay rights and are at ...


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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 ranging movements like: Pacifism, which opposes mass violence for moral and/or religious reasons Anti-draft movements, which oppose forcing young people to risk ...


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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 chemophobia, radiophobia and similar "unnatural" human activities that corporations and/or the government are hiding the true and catastrophic effects of....


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Reaching back a few years, around the start of the Second Iraq War it was a commonplace on the left that the war was about obtaining oil, rather than the stated purposes of fighting terrorism or securing weapons of mass destruction. In retrospect, obtaining oil was either not a war aim, or was at least not carried out in the end.


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Obama got elected. Long story short, you'll notice that the anti-war Left got really quiet right around the time that Obama got elected. With a Democrat in power, it was no longer in the interests of the Democratic Party to fund or organize rallies protesting the President, and as a result, the anti-war protests rapidly died away. Unfortunately, I don't have ...


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I think this is another issue that could do with a Special Providence analysis. According to Mead there are 4 competing schools of US Foreign Policy, basically divided via what their international goals are (trade, security, ideals, or US independence), which ultimately means they have different standards for when they want things ignored, when they want ...


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Although you asked about the USA specifically, there is often two-way political traffic between USA and the UK, so the example of antisemitism in the UK Labour Party might be relevant: Antisemitism in the UK Labour Party You can find several articles linking these views to the US left wing too: The rise of antisemitism on the Left and in America - opinion ...


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You may not remember it, but the Iraq war was new horrors each month for years, and the government was in favor of keeping it going. It was very protestable and very newsworthy. Whereas today there's no war and everyone in power is against war. There's not much to protest or cover. At first in the Iraq war, buildings with civilians got bombed. Later road-...


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If we follow dialectical materialism, Monarchy is part of an earlier (feudal) mode of production, one that was primarily centered on the control of land for agricultural production. While the petite bourgeoise class was able to amass a certain amount of wealth through commercial means, they could not take control of the means of production: the bulk of the ...


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The main error you're making here is to assume that Black Democrats are primarily on the left of the political spectrum. In fact, a plurality of Black Democrats identify as moderate (44%) and nearly as many identify as conservative (25%) as liberal (29%) (numbers from this poll). What's true is that since the passage of the Civil Rights Acts, Black people ...


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Speaking nationally, Democrats currently have a 6%-7% advantage over Republicans in terms of voter representation. In fact, Democrats have a lead among every demographic group except white males without a college education. However, Democratic voters tend to be clustered in urban and suburban areas, which attenuates their voting power somewhat and leaves ...


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There are plenty of examples of left-wing conspiracy theories. Two of the most prevalent ones in society today are: Systematic police racism. Many people on the left believe that cops are specifically targeting minority groups in the US when it comes to use of force/policing in general. This is despite there being no evidence that police use more force in ...


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Have there been any cases made public of officially designated terrorism incidents in which the people charged by USA (state or federal) justice officials either self-identified as Antifa or were described by the justice officials as endorsing Antifa ideology? Short answer: if there were bona fide cases of Antifa terrorism, we would know about them already. ...


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The Republican Party has historically been in favor of space exploration ever since the Space Race began The Space Race is generally agreed to have begun in 1955, when both the US and the Soviet Union announced that they were going to launch artificial satellites during the International Geophysical Year (1957-58). With the Soviets successfully launching ...


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The term 'conservative' refers to the idea that there are certain values within established, status quo society that need to be conserved: protected from change, degradation, or destruction. Liberalism is generally focused on the onward march of progress, the ways that society (ostensibly) can be changed for the better. Conservatism picks out elements of ...


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I would call it a question of graduations. The differences are not very apparent when one compares the summarized campaign platforms of the Social Democrats and the Greens. In the long form of the SPD and Green platforms, emphasis becomes clearer, but I believe the key is in what they would trade away in coalition talks. If the election result suggests a ...


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Marxism assumes a historical materialism and a "natural progression" how societies develop. According to Marxists, ancient societies developed first into feudalism, then into captialism, then into communism. In großen Umrissen können asiatische, antike, feudale und modern bürgerliche Produktionsweisen als progressive Epochen der ökonomischen ...


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Trump made a grand show of pledging the US landing people back on the moon in 2024. Trump Hails Mars As NASA's Next Target, Says the Moon's 'Not So Exciting' Trump attacks Nasa and claims the moon is 'a part' of Mars For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on ...


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How long ago might this party have started advocating legislation with more restrictions? For the Republican party in particular it began with the Southern strategy to wrest control of southern states from the Democrats by attracting conservative white voters who were afraid of desegregation and the Civil Rights movement. Prior to this, southern states were ...


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Alienation need not refer to loneliness. A person can be alienated from a specific group while still having a support structure, such as a family, or a friends group, to rely on for social fulfillment. Alienation leaves a gap in a person's feeling of inclusion, one that can be filled by a shift to a different social support structure. In the case of (some) ...


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This is where the difference between intrinsic goals and instrumental goals is important to discuss. Mill is expressing an intrinsic goal in the Harm Principle, that is, a thing which self-justifies. Any moral philosophy that results in a self-defeating decision tree is incoherent and therefore not one we need to bother ourselves with. The principle of ...


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It is a bit misguided to cast this as a Republican/Democrat issue, since the origins of it go back before the Southern Strategy, where a large cohort of historically Democratic southern segregationists switched to the Republican party, reversing the conservative/liberal poles and laying the foundation for the modern (Rightist) GOP. The US has been on a ...


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The academic world cultivates independent thinking, careful analytic reasoning, and a willingness to challenge authoritative claims in the interests of the advancement of human knowledge. These qualities do not always sit well with conservative worldviews, since the latter demand some measure of unquestioning respect for traditional social orders, religious ...


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There are a number of forces at play in this, but one of the important phenomena at work is the concept of candidate differentiation. During a campaign to be elected, a candidate is almost universally advised to draw distinctions between themself and their opponent(s) so as to help voters perceive a meaningful choice between the candidates. That distinction ...


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There are some Marxists who still talk about monarchy and aristocracy. For example, the 2020 update to the 8th edition of Britain's Road to Socialism (the Communist Party of Britain's political programme) says: Popular sovereignty means the sovereignty of the people and their elected representatives in parliaments, governments and mass movements. This ...


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That would depend entirely on what you mean by left and right. If you wanted to measure "push to the right" in terms of, say "fiscal responsibility", it is trivial to find plenty of people who will argue that the GOP did not push the USA to the right in the slightest. If you look at the ACA and it's acceptance by a majority of Americans, ...


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