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The answers so far are not answering the question. People are saying why they believe communism is morally wrong, not why Americans believe it is evil. The American Cultural Context The simple answer is that America has always been deeply suspicious of foreign ideas, especially those which conflict with values considered quintessentially American (WASP)....


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Fundamental to communist ideology is the common ownership of the means of production and abolishment of social classes and social hierarchy. In practice, that means no (or very few) private property rights, and forced redistribution of wealth from those who are most able to produce to those who are less able or unwilling to do so. Private property and the ...


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TL;DR: because communism did, in fact, kill people. Between 23 million (low estimate) and 100 million (high estimate) of them killed by regimes that collectively self-branded themselves as led by "communist" parties. The question contains two premises, both 100% false: That the only reason Communism is seen as evil is "because propaganda" and "because the ...


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Brexit is more popular among Britons than what is happening in Hong Kong is among Hong Kong residents There was a vote for Brexit where a majority of voters voted for Brexit, but there was absolutely no vote in Hong Kong for any of the things happening in Hong Kong. To draw a parallel between these two events as if something that was actually voted on by ...


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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in western countries? Simple answer is them vs us. This was previously nationality, but cold-war era saw this them vs us line drawn more on economic lines as alliances spanned multiple nations. Them vs us is a 100% with or 100% against perception (no middle ground between two polar opposites) ...


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Communism has committed atrocities far greater than the Holocaust. Holodomor: up to 12 million dead Khmer Rouge: up to 3 million dead The Great Leap Forward: up to 55 million dead Tanzania Experiment: no deaths, only near famine Death, famine, and genocide are usually considered evil.


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Why is communism considered as evil (like fascism and nazism) in the United States? Short Answer The background necessary to accurately answer your question is complex in both history and culture, but perhaps one short introduction could be: Due to a series of actions done and promoted by various agents in the USA starting roughly after 1917, following ...


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What is the reason for this idea that communism is evil or like Nazism and fascism and aims to kill people? Because the leaders of Communist nations (chiefly Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot) happily slaughtered millions of their own people in the name of revolution, or instituted policies that led to famine and mass death. Per Wikipedia, fully a quarter of ...


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Vivid imagery Consider this image from the first Selma to Montgomery march in 1965 (source) That's Amelia Boynton, left unconscious after being attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday. To see an unarmed woman being treated like this helped to galvanize the Civil Rights movement and would lead to passage of the Voting Rights Act. Images ...


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I think that you are looking at too much rational level concerning people's reaction. Look a bit more at ideology: Whoever shares your views (whichever they are), would seem to you be a nice, trustworthy person who would do lot's of good in the world. There would be also a grain of truth in it, as it would be easier to get on with like minded people. In the ...


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A YouGov poll just published today shows significant support across the political spectrum: The full results show that the level of support among Leavers (62%) is nearly as high as that among Stayers (70%). If that seems surprising it may be relevant that a study published last year found the following: Those who subscribe strongly to the Leave identity, ...


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Too soon It feels like people are still holding out for political solutions. The normal democratic way of doing this would be a Vote of No Confidence, followed by either the MPs choosing a new PM or forcing a new election. There is still just about time to do this, and people in the right positions are talking about it. Obviously no Tory MP wants to ...


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Brexit is (relatively) easy to reverse. The loss of Hong Kong democracy and self government would be difficult to reverse. In case public opinion in UK swinging back to support joining the EU, it would be reasonable to expect that the EU would not put much trouble to agree with it. If Hong Kong loses its self government, China will not easily give it back; ...


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I'm going to posit that nobody really knows the correct answer--and in fact there probably isn't any one answer that's entirely correct. Consider just a few of the possibilities: Americans have been exposed to a huge amount of anti-communist propaganda, varying all the way from extremely blatant to quite subtle. There's also quite a bit of objective ...


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Many farmers do seem to recognise that there are climate-related effects (even if they don't name it as such), however, farmers don't always agree climate change is a result of human actions. The reason I think that's an important distinction is because if we're not the cause (link to myth) and it's not something we have influence on, then we don't need to ...


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Conducting polls is costly, so I don't see why anyone would spend money outside the US to find out public opinion on a fairly obscure US politico-legal matter... (as opposed to opinions about Trump's foreign policy, which does get polled, see the Pew survey in the other answer.) The best you can probably hope for is some foreign media roundup which often ...


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When someone says it is being politicized, it means they are using it to push a political party agenda. In this case, one can say that the democrats are politicizing this event to push for gun control. Their hope is that enough people are angered by the situation to swing the vote in their favor to get more gun control. Other times, like what President ...


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The level of consequences is very different All of the points in pjc50's answer, plus, a huge difference in consequences. Depending on who you believe, Brexit will produce anything from "sunlit uplands" advantageous to the UK, to a plunge into severe recession - but while such economic changes may have serious effects on many residents, for UK citizens, at ...


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FiveThirtyEight wrote an article on this just last week: Why Americans Might Be Convinced To Support A War With Iran. In the article, they report on several polls that ask about a potential conflict with Iran in different ways. To start, they report on a SurveyMonkey poll which finds very low support for intervention in response to the attack on Saudi oil ...


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Although it doesn't specifically address the issue of impeachment, this report by Pew Research Center about their survey of 32 countries, and published 8 January 2020, might provide some insight. Basically, confidence in As has been the case throughout his presidency, U.S. President Donald Trump receives largely negative reviews from publics around the ...


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I don’t think anyone really expects it to put a dent in Trump’s support among his hardest-core base, but that’s a minority of the country and their support is not enough to win reelection. Right now, Trump’s Approval ratings are at one of their highest points in his presidency, but the Real Clear Politics average still has him underwater by 7.7%. Even with ...


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It's difficult to simplify election results to a single "main cause," so here are some of the more prominent ones: Midterm elections are usually bad for the President's party. Wikipedia has a table of midterm results going back to the Taft presidency (1910 midterms), and you'll notice a lot of negative numbers (indicating the president's party lost seats ...


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I can't speak to public opinion, but here is the published opinion of Switzerland's leading conservative newspaper: Der Freispruch schafft so einen verhängnisvollen Präzedenzfall. Ein Präsident, dem es offenkundig an Respekt für demokratische Gepflogenheiten und institutionelle Kontrolle fehlt, wird in seiner Meinung bestärkt, sich alles erlauben zu ...


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What exactly is the reaction of the political culture in the US and/or the public if confronted with an unusual combination of opinions? Are there precedents which are well-known in the public? In my experience, lectures. E.g. you can't possibly believe that Donald Trump is more qualified to be president than Hillary Clinton! The major problem in the ...


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I think the reality is much simpler: Fascism posed a geopolitical risk to the hegemony of western robber baron and corporate capitalism. It walked through Europe with its mechanization and forced the bourgeoisie of every country to get in bed with it and submit to the nation's need, or die. In doing so, they could become more powerful. It never meaningfully ...


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I think it is unusual to not have totalitarian communism (not to be equated with moderate forms of socialism) viewed as an evil. It's particularly in Europe, where many leading intellectuals harbor sympathy to far-left, even violent and oppressive, political views, or assume that even mass murderous systems, like those of Stalin and Mao, came from "good" ...


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In the most recent polls I found (and there are a helluva lot of polls on coronavirus in the US) from March 26: About seven-in-ten adults (71%) say that to address the coronavirus, it is necessary to require most businesses other than grocery stores or pharmacies to close. A larger share of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (81%) than ...


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In addition to Brian Z's answer, I found an older and less detailed poll, again run by YouGov, conducted on May 29th: This shows a rather large difference between the levels of support shown by Remainers & Leavers, but also a substantial amount of 'Don't know' responses compared to the survey in Brian's answer, suggesting opinions have changed somewhat ...


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