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Why are "the rich" more able to identify the party which represent their interests than "the poor"?

Why are “the rich” more able to identify the party which represent their interests than “the poor”? Mostly, because your assumption is just that, an assumption, and is an incorrect one at that. I won'...
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Why are "the rich" more able to identify the party which represent their interests than "the poor"?

There are so many false assumptions in your question. But one that wasn't addressed by the other answers is this: There are a lot of people who vote based on their moral principles. Whether rich or ...
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Has anyone attempted to scientifically determine whether MSNBC or Fox News is more biased?

I'd say anyone who tells you they have "scientific" information on media bias isn't being objective. But it is entirely possible to present a "systematic" information on media bias, and at least one ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

The "anti-war" rubric is mainly a conservative conflation of a lot of different Centrist, Leftist, and (non-authoritarian) Rightist positions. I mean, it is often blithely applied to wide ...
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Seeking a study claiming that a successful coup d’etat only requires a small percentage of the population

The source of this is Erica Chenoweth, and her value is 3.5% of the population mobilized. It was given in her TEDx talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJSehRlU34w Transcript is on internet archive: ...
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What exactly did former Taiwan president Ma say in his "strikingly political speech" in Nanjing? Need sufficiently nuanced translation of whole thing

I'm Taiwanese. The English translation is pretty accurate, there is no lost nuance between what Ma said in Mandarin and what you read in English. I'm not quite sure what is confusing about this even ...
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Do more roads lead to fewer traffic jams?

TL;DR No. Roads do not lead sustainably to less traffic jams. In the extreme short term they can do but it can be disastrous for the rest of the traffic network and they increase congestion in the ...
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Has anyone attempted to scientifically determine whether MSNBC or Fox News is more biased?

I'll take you through a Thought Experiment to show why this isn't really possible. Imagine you were trying to judge whether networks A, B, and C were 'biased' on the coverage of, say, "Should the US ...
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Where can I find a copy of Iran's proposal pertaining to Palestine to U.N. Security Council on November 1, 2019?

The complete proposal was presented in an annex to a letter from Iran's permanent representative to the UN Secretary-General. The letter and annex are hosted on the UN's website with document number S/...
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Has anyone attempted to scientifically determine whether MSNBC or Fox News is more biased?

Many studies have been conducted to test exactly this question. This study from 2012 asked participants 4 factual questions about international events, and 5 questions about domestic ones (questions ...
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Is Duverger's Law a theorem or an empirical regularity?

Assuming (everyone in) the electorate knows the probability distribution of votes for the candidates and votes strategically, and assuming this distribution has no ties (whatsoever), Duverger's law ...
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Why are "the rich" more able to identify the party which represent their interests than "the poor"?

Your question fails to take into account that not everyone is concerned with how taxation affects them. I can comfortably say that because I don't make that much in the grand scheme of things taxation ...
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How can I figure out how much money a political lobbying group has given to my congressman?

If you looking in the USA, the source of data would ultimately come from legally required campaign finance and financial disclosures filed with the FEC (Federal Elections Commission). FEC: Campaign ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

Obama got elected. Long story short, you'll notice that the anti-war Left got really quiet right around the time that Obama got elected. With a Democrat in power, it was no longer in the interests of ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

I think this is another issue that could do with a Special Providence analysis. According to Mead there are 4 competing schools of US Foreign Policy, basically divided via what their international ...
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Did classic liberals believe in inheritance taxation and in welfare?

Yes. See for example Adam Smith's Weath of Nations. in the Appendix to articles 1 and 2 he considers several forms of tax. He says of a tax on inheritance by a son that is "forisfamiliated",...
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Transcript of discussion between Elon Musk and Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu on 18 Sep 2023?

Yes, Rev has published a transcript of the event here. There's then a break, and the panel adding Max Tegmark and Greg Brockman is transcribed here. Rev is pretty good for transcribing high-profile ...
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Why are "the rich" more able to identify the party which represent their interests than "the poor"?

From the viewpoint of someone born into a sub-working class family (my grandfather died in his early thirties leaving his family in Dickensian poverty), I would observe that “working class” is not an ...
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What is the opposite of populism?

What is the opposite of populism? Elitism Merriam-Webster's definition of populist (1): 2) a believer in the rights, wisdom, or virtues of the common people So the opposite would be a non-...
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What is the opposite of populism?

One contender is technocratic, as in technocratic left. A technocracy is characterized by expert leadership, which values long-term well-being of the country over short-term popularity. If you ...
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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?

You may not remember it, but the Iraq war was new horrors each month for years, and the government was in favor of keeping it going. It was very protestable and very newsworthy. Whereas today there's ...
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Where can I find data on when each country first implemented social restrictions for COVID-19?

The data for the stringency index linked in the question comes from the University of Oxford's Covid-19 Government Response Tracker. In order to calculate this index, manually collated data on policy ...
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What are some non-partisan sources about the relative balance of power in the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

TLDR: There's not that much and the better quality sources are pretty clear that the situation is very fluid and hard to call. Like o.m. I'll nominate ISW. Their daily updates have been pretty good ...
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Have any theorists argued it is undemocratic to try to influence other people’s votes?

This approach problematizes the act of convincing others, where it should (instead) problematize the method of convincing others. 'Convincing others' is a central element in any formulation of ...
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Is there an election system in which the outcome is fractional?

It's impossible to prove a negative, but I will propose the answer is no, there is no such term and happily retract if someone finds one. Consider the use case for such a system: The justification for ...
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How can I figure out how much money a political lobbying group has given to my congressman?

PoloHoleSet's answer covers the federal level. Below that, individual states usually have their own organizations for tracking this data and making it available. They will often track this kind of ...
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Have there been any polls about reconsidering the secret ballot methodology?

There are areas where it is illegal to even take a photo of your ballot because it would violate ballot secrecy. It should be noted that we used to have no secrecy in regarding to how you voted and in ...
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Where can I find the original text of Hungary's controversial new child protection bill?

The Hungarian text of the law, entitled "2021. évi LXXIX. törvény: a pedofil bűnelkövetőkkel szembeni szigorúbb fellépésről, valamint a gyermekek védelme érdekében egyes törvények módosításáról&...
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Is free speech declining in the Western countries?

For a full answer, one would first have to define free speech. Possible definitions range from "lack of government censorship" (as implied by the American First Amendment) over "freedom ...
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Did classic liberals believe in inheritance taxation and in welfare?

There's a lot to unpack here. Let's begin with the understanding that the Classical Liberal understanding of inheritance was predicated on 16th/17th century practices. On one hand there was the '...
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