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What is the best country according to Popper's criterion?

Popper didn't spend time designing political systems or scorecards by which to judge existing ones. Clearly a democracy would "rank" higher than an autocracy, and he argued that in two-...
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

Yes, many countries have laws of return. The list of bona fide states, which are listed in the Wikipedia article is Armenia Austria Finland France Germany Ghana Greece Hungary Ireland Israel Latvia ...
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Do American elections affect the level of US foreign support?

Do American elections affect the level of US foreign support? Yes. All decisions regarding how much foreign aid and support the U.S. provides is ultimately made by federal elected officials or people ...
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

In case of Israel, the major ethnicity of its population is not immediately obvious from the name of the state. Hence the (relatively rare) description of Israel is the Jewish state. In many other ...
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

Trivially yes. E.g.: the Azeri state -- appears as such in a UN document for instance, if a Google search is too vague for you. And yeah that's also the name of an ethnic group. If you're willing to ...
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How does a member of the National People's Congress become the General Secretary in China?

Looking at some past NPC elections, the answer seems to be simple: there is only one candidate for each position. (At least in 2008 that was the case.) You can vote against, but... More interestingly ...
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

The preamble of the German Grundgesetz declares itself the consitution of the German people, enumerates the federal states, and declares that those are all of Germany. This must be understood in the ...
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If authoritarian regimes are so bad, why do we see so many of them?

Edit Just re-read that answer and noticed it's quite longwinded, but someone upvoted so I'll leave as is below TL;DR: For democracy to get into place, the people who fought to get into power, possibly ...
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If authoritarian regimes are so bad, why do we see so many of them?

People seem to forget that a lot of authoritarian regimes happen because authoritarianism is a system that can allow for tyranny of the minority. I describe this in a previous answer, but Hitler & ...
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Besides Iran, are there any other countries which have held referendums to determine the future political system with only one candidate?

Also, the Referendum of the Spanish Constitution of 1978. Really, your question seems based on the premise that this kind of situation are the exception and not the norm, but you are wrong.
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

Israel is described as a Jewish state because that is how it chooses to characterise itself, for example in its Declaration of Independence: “WE […] HEREBY DECLARE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A JEWISH STATE ...
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

Most states profess stewardship over a specific nation and adheres to rules and principles governing who is and who isn't a member of that nation. Israel isn't different in that regard. In Israel's ...
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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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Besides Iran, are there any other countries which have held referendums to determine the future political system with only one candidate?

As others have said, it's actually very common for referendums to be a simple Yes/No option. So-called votes of confidence (in an incumbent regime) also tend to work the same way - Yes or No. Clearly, ...
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Does the Far East has records of majoritarianism in its early history?

Apparently, at least some Buddhist communities in Medieval Japan were run (at least in so far as relates to non-spiritual matters) by the will of the majority: As for the rule, that when decisions ...
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Are there countries, besides Israel, that declare themselves nation-states for a particular ethnic group?

Arab Republics The straightforward answer something like: the Arab Republic of Egypt Syrian Arab Republic Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as well as now defunct Arab Republics in Libya, Yemen and ...
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What is the purpose of democracy?

To let the ruled be heard We humans — in general — do not like being pushed around and being ordered what to do. ...if we have not had any say in the matter. If we have had an opportunity to say ...
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What is the purpose of democracy?

Set aside buzzwords and problematic terminology for a moment. When we get down to brass tacks, governance — any kind of governance, from anarchy to totalitarianism — is a matter of applying collective ...
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If authoritarian regimes are so bad, why do we see so many of them?

People are innately tribal. This means: They prefer people and contexts they are familiar with and are wary of people and contexts that are unfamiliar They identify with people that are like them and ...
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If authoritarian regimes are so bad, why do we see so many of them?

What protects the existence of a government is unrelated to whether the government is good or effective There are two questions at issue here: what drives the longevity of a form of government and ...
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