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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

There definitely are organizations that are counter. Brady is nearly as famous. The reason it's not as seemingly effective is due to the fact that - due to political structure of the United States - ...
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Why is lobbying not illegal in democracies?

Let's take a moment to visit how the word "lobbying" came about. In the British Houses of Parliament, there is an area called Central Lobby (between the Commons and the Lords), which is where members ...
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How does lobbying work in the US?

The mechanics of lobbying can work at several levels. "Senator, I represent the National Association of Flute and Tuba Manufacturers. Were you aware that flute and tuba manufacturers are the fifth ...
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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

The short cynical answer? There is money to be made selling Guns. There is no money to be made by not selling guns. Money is what lobbyists are all about.
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What does a lobbyist offer a politician?

Expertise, information, data. Politicians have to make complex decisions on things they are not experts in, where they cannot decide by themselves what will be the effects of a decision and which ...
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What are the differences between lobbying and bribery in the US?

Lobbying is trying to persuade decision makers to see a certain issue your way. Bribery is paying decision makers to do what you want. The difference is in the "persuading" part: a lobbyist ...
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How can the influence of wealthy individuals on democratic processes be reduced?

Many countries adopt some variant of solution (3): Putting restrictions to the usage of wealth in political situations. This solution is used in many western states, but is of course a violation of ...
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Why does the U.S. tolerate foreign influence from Saudi Arabia and Israel on its domestic policies while not tolerating that from China or Russia?

AIPAC is not a foreign influence. It is a United States organization run by US citizens. When you hear complaints about Russia and China, they tend to be about actions that are believed to involve ...
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What are the differences between lobbying and bribery in the US?

My version of an answer for children in Jr. High: The first thing to know is every politician, like the Governor or a Senator, has a campaign fund that anyone can give money to. It costs at least 2 ...
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What does a lobbyist offer a politician?

Support. A lobbyist's task is to convince the politician that a certain position would be advantageous to the politician. A lobbyist is normally representing a group of people. So part of the deal is &...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

Define good lobbying and bad lobbying. That's a major challenge. You don't want a paid lobbyist for big oil or the arms industry to visit representatives and grease their palms, but you you do want ...
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How can the influence of wealthy individuals on democratic processes be reduced?

I reject your basic hypothesis. You're conflating influence with votes. It is not common to buy votes. We have secret ballots specifically to make this hard and laws to make it illegal. That's not to ...
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Why can't Uber 'out-lobby' city governments to make their services legal, rather than losing to existing taxi lobbies?

This is actually exactly what Uber does. The common Uber practice is for Uber to enter a city under circumstances that range from legal, to questionable, to clearly illegal. They will then rush in ...
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Why is lobbying not illegal in democracies?

That would require a workable definition of "lobbying," and it would almost certainly exclude things you do not want to exclude. A citizen phones his representative to tell him his opinion about a ...
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How does lobbying work in the US?

A legitimate lobbyist is paid to explain the needs of some special interest groups to the politicians. And also how the needs of that special interest group benefit the electorate as a whole, or at ...
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Why did Trump rescind his executive order that barred former White House employees from lobbying the government?

There was no official explanation given by the Trump administration in the new executive order that he signed to revoke the ethics executive order (13770), as noted by Politico. However, the Clinton ...
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Why can't Uber 'out-lobby' city governments to make their services legal, rather than losing to existing taxi lobbies?

The question seems to assume that the only reason for business licensing and regulation by local governments is because of monopolistic cronyism. Many of the licensing requirements for taxi companies ...
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Why is lobbying not illegal in democracies?

One of the problems inherent in a representative democracy is that the representative must have some means of knowing what the people s'he represents want and need. People have to be able to ...
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Does Black Lives Matter have a hierarchy?

It's important to distinguish between the BLM network, co-founded by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, and the BLM movement, which is a far less well-defined collection of anti-...
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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

The simplest answer is there's no coherent anti-gun argument because the path to achieve what they want involves banning and confiscating all guns. Whenever we have a mass shooting in the US (which ...
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Why can't gun control legislation get passed?

At the basic premise, sensible gun control legislation isn't going to last because one side is more invested than the other. Those supporting the right to keep and bear arms, and the associated ...
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Does political lobbying exist in North Korea?

In a closed system like North Korea or China or Saudi Arabia (and, to some extent, Russia), political lobbying still happens between the power players. Yes, they all have one leader at the highest ...
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Why is paid lobbying considered a form of 'free speech'?

Let's have a look at the text of the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of ...
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Why is there no effective anti-gun lobby in the United States?

There is a fairly powerful anti-gun lobby in the US. It's managed to get hundreds of laws passed. When you get down to it, the NRA isn't really what stops most gun control measures from passing ...
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Why can't gun control legislation get passed?

limiting access of those with mental illness to guns. There is a worry that mental illness restrictions will be abused. For example, New York state has the SAFE Act, which is intended to catch ...
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Why is lobbying not illegal in democracies?

Tesla wants to build cars like their cybertruck without side-view mirrors and instead give people camera's because side-view mirrors make a cars drag coefficient worse. That means that the car needs ...
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What does a lobbyist offer a politician?

a lobbyist cannot offer a politician a [big pile of money] to vote favorably. So what is a representative example(s) of what a lobbyist does offer? A campaign donation of (or PAC with) a [big pile of ...
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What is a successful policy against lobbying in a democratic country?

First, a bit of math re. your $100 per person. Assuming 170m (number of registered US voters) x $100, you get $17B out of it. Lotsa money, for sure, except that 2020 POTUS elections cost $14B, so ...
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