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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

Philosophical reason - why do some people in the government have a greater right to decide what to do with the assets than the person that owned them (through their will, by giving it to heirs/...
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Is it a fundamental tenet of liberalism to allow the expression of illiberal ideals?

This is The Paradox of Tolerance, as mentioned in the comments, and it is a debated grey area. Let's use your three examples, and let's observe that these all happened in the US. This constrains their ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

Labels like "conservative" versus "liberal" or "left" versus "right" are often applied to larger-scale political movements, parties or ways of thinking, without every single detail being thrown into ...
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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

What you seem to be missing is that the foundation of capitalism is voluntary exchange. The rich do not inherently "deserve" their money; a capitalist philosophy rejects the idea that we have the ...
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Why is gun control associated with the socially liberal Democratic party?

Since Ronald Reagan, the Republican party has had three main pillars: A low tax, somewhat libertarian group. A pro-military group. A moral majority, pro-life group. The moral majority group ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

This mostly had to do with (as usual, confusing) political terminology and branding. "Liberal" in USA has several meanings, mainly, either (1) "classical liberal" (which in USA is typically branded ...
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Is there an unambiguous name for the social/political theory "liberalism" without "leftist"?

This all resolves if you realise that the term sought is: liberalism! The linked Wiki page makes no mention of liberalism being a leftist thing. liberalism (n.) "liberal principles," especially ...
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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

According to Merriam Webster, capitalism is... an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and ...
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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

Private property is a core characteristic of capitalism. Hence, under the capitalist system, it’s my money (and that's all the reason I need). A country that doesn’t respect ownership is, by default, ...
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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?

The modern left is not "courting islamism", but scroll down to see some reasons why I believe it may be perceived as such. Some examples showing evidence that it isn't: Left-wing groups in Rojava ...
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Why are democracy and liberalism correlated?

Choice. It seems simple when you say it, but a large number of both political philosophies and means of rulership do not incorporate personal choice to any meaningful degree. Before the advent of ...
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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

The usual argument is that the wealth belongs to the family, and it's their right to pass it on to their children. There are also significant practical problems with very high inheritance taxes and ...
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Why are democracy and liberalism correlated?

The concept of democracy predates liberalism by at least a couple of thousand years. Aristotle spelled it out in his "Politics", but the idea of democracy (or rather polity, the virtuous ...
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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?

It is a difficult question to answer, mainly because it is a strawman argument. Let me put you a more mundane analogy. You are in a ship in the middle of the Pacific, and find that ex-POTUS Barack ...
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Support for surrogacy from pro-choice groups

Political advocacy groups are usually single-issue in order to not dilute their message and not exclude potential supporters for their primary cause who might object to another cause the group ...
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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

An good example for the issues are generational enterprise as foresting. Owning a forest s likely owning a large are of land. However (depending on kind of tree, expected sizes etc.) it can easily ...
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Is it a fundamental tenet of liberalism to allow the expression of illiberal ideals?

The original conception of Liberalism as set out in the 17th and 18th centuries — this is usually referred to as Classical Liberalism — was primarily about the relationship between government and ...
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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

In a capitalist society you are free to do what you want with your money. This includes giving it to your children.
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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?

Your basic premise is flawed. Traditionally the "left" has stood on the side of oppressed minorities and I think this is what this is. You also have to take history into consideration. After ...
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How do Russians [especially Russian Muslims] understand Putin's disapproval of 'multiculturalism'?

I am a student learning the Russian language and interested in the Russian history and culture, and I have read many Russian articles, blogs, and materials about Russia, including discussions on ...
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Is it a fundamental tenet of liberalism to allow the expression of illiberal ideals?

In essence, these ideas are being rejected from mainstream liberal society without good faith argument That is the key though: these ideas are not presented in good faith, so they cannot be debated ...
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What is ethical liberalism?

The link in the OP is to the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative thinktank, and frankly the piece is somewhat incoherent. I doubt it has any relevance to what a Romanian politician means by "...
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Is there an unambiguous name for the social/political theory "liberalism" without "leftist"?

Is there an unambiguous term that describes a philosophy with strong focus on individual rights, equality of opportunity and freedoms, while being centrist in the socialism vs capitalism spectrum? I'...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

At the start, your analogies don't work. You're errantly assigned the majority of the opposition to the liberal viewpoint to conservatives. Abortion: While the liberal position is about extending the ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

Not just guns In the United States, liberals believe in higher taxes and spending on social priorities. Conservatives want lower taxes and social spending. In campaign finance in the US, liberals ...
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What reasons are there for a Capitalist to oppose a 100% inheritance tax?

While I think pjc50s answer is good, there is one more important thing: If a person owns a company, what does a 100% tax on that mean? It effectively means the company will become a state owned ...
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Evidence of Democratic-Republican Party Realignment Circa 1950?

Links to some scholarly analysis on the topic at the bottom The first thing to understand when addressing this topic is that our political parties are not monolithic organizations with a single set ...
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Why are democracy and liberalism correlated?

It has been pointed in the comments that one needs to define clearly democracy and liberal state. Moreover, in order to speak of correlation we should consider examples where one of these two is not ...
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Why did mostly liberal California vote for the death penalty?

Who are these people? Which demographics vote like that? Me for one. But more generally, many people under fifty see marijuana as easily available and find it silly for it to be illegal. Illegal ...
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Why are Weapon Restriction Laws considered Liberal?

For a whole host of reasons (reasons that are best suited being listed in an answer to a different question), conservatives congregate in suburban and rural settings. Liberals are in urban and ...
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