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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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 do many liberal countries criminalize incest?

Ancient taboo Most "liberal" modern societies were not created liberal, but rather emerged in the last couple of centuries from the societies that were very traditional and religious for ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

A partial answer is that, in the US, much of the support for bigamy laws came from opposition to child marriage. The biggest examples of bigamy in the US has been FLDS members - that is fundamentalist ...
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To what extent is Marxism a liberal ideology?

Liberalism according to Marx One reason for many fruitless debates about Marx is that one tries to discuss his work in modern terms - many of which are found in his writings, but in rather specific ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize incest?

...associated consequences of inbreeding. Still, this doesn't explain why these countries have not legalized protected incest Laws get created to address issues, with the most concerning issues being ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

This is a language question rather than a political one. Simply put, words do not necessarily correlate with their etymology or even with definitions people give them. Although, the word reactionary ...
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What is the ideal political period for liberal conservatives?

I think if you read the Wikipedia article a bit further, you will see that you need to define which kind of liberal conservative you mean, starting with "European" versus "American"...
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Alternative names for "new liberalism" and "neoliberalism" to avoid confusion

Neoliberalism is focused on "Free Market Capitalism" and that would be an acceptable term in general use. "New Liberalism" is an historical term, and nowadays would be in a region ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize incest?

There's an implicit assumption to this question that needs some challenging. This is the notion that liberal Western countries go for more ever more permissive sexual relations laws, that the doctrine ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

A rubric I've often used to explain this is to note that the political spectrum is a lot like the is/ought problem in philosophy. Specifically: Conservative think that the way the social world is (or ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize incest?

Firstly, liberal societies do indeed prohibit incest. For example, in April of 2012, the European Court of Human Rights affirmed a three year incarceration sentence of a German court in a "...
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What is the ideal political period for liberal conservatives?

Allow me to point out that this post cites people who are nearly 300 years apart in time, which confounds things. For example, Hayek and Scruton (if pressed) might point to the late 19th or early 20th ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

It's not very romantic but technically marriages are just small scale private unlimited corporations. Meaning a company of 2 people sharing risks, profits and mutual responsibilities. And it's a ...
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Alternative names for "new liberalism" and "neoliberalism" to avoid confusion

In my view, it would be better to distinguish them in context than seek a universal name, as different written works or thought-schools can vary by many more details than can possibly be all encoded ...
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Why are American liberals more prone to in-fighting than conservatives?

Throughout the 20th century, conservatives were as diverse and subject to infighting as liberals. Just in the last half of the century conservatives often split into Free Market activism, ...
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left vs Right politics and liberal vs conservative

In most brands of democracy, citizens get to vote for candidates affilated with a party, and many systems are designed to limit the number of parties (see Duverger's law or electoral threshold). ...
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Why do many liberal countries criminalize polygamy?

Polygamy was a target of a major political movement No answer to this question is complete without mention of the notable Morrill anti-Bigamy Act of 1862, the Edmunds Act of 1882 and the Edmunds-...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

Given your clarification of the people you say see Communism/AnarchoCommunism as non-reactionary being "the public": They do. Not all obviously, but especially in the west. Reactionary ...
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