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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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Why are American liberals more prone to in-fighting than conservatives?

Your premise is not correct. First of all, the 2012 and 2020 elections don't count for your exercise because incumbent candidates almost never face any opposition from within their own party. This is ...
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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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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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What is this political cartoon by Bob Moran titled "Amnesty" about?

The cartoon seems to be a response to an article in The Atlantic, "Let's Declare a Pandemic Amnesty". The article pleads to not judge too harshly the people who advocated or imposed ...
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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 are American liberals more prone to in-fighting than conservatives?

Because there is only one observable 'past'. And a multitude of proposed 'futures'. First, let me make a frame change. The question implies the standoff between the Liberalism and the Conservatism, ...
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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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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

The definition of "reactionary" in political context is "opposing political change or reform". People perceiving themselves as "reactionary" usually see the previosly-...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

Old laws change when there is a call for it This line of questioning "Why to liberal countries criminalise X" should take into account when that law was put in place and whether the ...
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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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Why are American liberals more prone to in-fighting than conservatives?

This is kind of true even outside America. The reason is that "liberals" tend to be less authoritarian and more democratic than conservatives. So "liberal" parties in a democracy ...
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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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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

Two reasons spring to mind: Most (ostensibly) liberal countries are Western: European or colonized by European settlers. That means they were all (at some point) strongly steeped in one of the ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

Stability of the society When a high-status man takes two wives, a lower-status man gets no wife. Those men, denied access to life's most stabilizing and civilizing institution, are unfairly ...
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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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What is this political cartoon by Bob Moran titled "Amnesty" about?

An article recently came out in the Atlantic magazine entitled Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty. This article advocated for "political amnesty" for the perhaps over the top responses to the ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

In the 90s of post-Soviet Russia, the liberal reformer strata did see the remaining communist sympathizers as reactionary. The same was likely true of the views on "traditional" Maoists in ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

No apart from maybe primitivsts and anarcho-primitivsts these groups do NOT want to go back to living as hunter gatherers. And in general viewing "primitive" societies as an ideal to strive ...
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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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