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What options are left, if Britain cannot decide?
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The United Kingdom shall not leave the European Union without a deal That is not a legal decision. This is just a wish that Parliament has expressed. If nothing else changes, as things currently ...

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Why doesn’t the IRS just send me a bill for the taxes I owe based on the info they already have?
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The IRS doesn't do that in the USA, because politics has decided so, as outlined in AquaticFires answer. I have paid income tax in Sweden, Canada, and the UK. In Sweden, I was sent a completely ...

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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?
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Big business Politics (of either mainstream party) in the USA is dependent on money from big business. Many of those big businesses prioritise short term profit over long term environmental ...

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What is the fundamental difference between catching whales and hunting other animals?
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There is an ethical argument that hasn't been mentioned yet. Many people find whale hunting unethical (see JJJs excellent answer), despite supporting deer hunting and chicken farming, because we think ...

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Why is "Equal Pay for Equal Work" regulation controversial?
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"women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men" "You're gonna make the same if you do as good a job." These statements are controversial because they are ...

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Was Hitler's regime a right-wing regime?
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I think this question illustrates that a simple division of politics in left and right is an oversimplification. One may find that people use left to describe either pacifist, anarchist idealists, ...

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What are the reasons for the rise in Euroscepticism over the last few years?
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It hasn't risen much (at least not EU-wide). The Eurobarometer Interactive search system allows users to create line trends of answers to survey questions over time. One such question is: Taking ...

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Why does there seem to be a lack of conservative comedy and comedy-news compared to liberal?
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A perspective from the United Kingdom. Since 1990, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has regularly broadcast Have I Got News For You. They ridicule everybody, but as far as politicians are ...

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What is the difference between fascism and nazism?
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Fascism is the regime/ideology of anti-democracy. The state is absolute and totalitarian and all citizens must follow the state. Whether this applies just to a regime or also to an ideology ...

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What form of government does StackExchange resemble?
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I would say it resembles a meritocracy of a consultative nature. The more reputation you have (the more merit), the more influence. A new user with 1 rep can neither vote nor comment. All they can ...

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What is the capitalist answer to rail passenger transportation being non financially profitable?
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What is the capitalist solution to make rail passenger transportation economically profitable again, like it used to be before road transport was a thing? There is no capitalist solution. All extant ...

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Why is the modern left defending Islam(ism)?
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The modern left is not "courting islamism", but scroll down to see some reasons why I believe it may be perceived as such. Some examples showing evidence that it isn't: Left-wing groups in Rojava ...

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What reasons do pro-trade politicians use to justify retaliatory tariffs?
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The tariffs that the EU and China have imposed on the US are politically aimed at (swing) states held by (key) Republican politicians. In this way, the EU hopes to influence the US domestic political ...

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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?
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(Note: not all Green parties oppose nuclear; see the greens are no longer anti-nuclear in Finland) If we got all our energy from nuclear power, identified resources with extant widely deployed ...

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Has there been a headless state?
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Switzerland lacks a single head of state, though the members of the 7-head government take it in turns to represent the country as such abroad during the 7-year government term. See also Wikipedia on ...

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Is there a voting system to elect multiple candidates and ensure diversity within those elected?
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The system you are looking for is called reserved political positions. Labour unions or political parties do have systems to ensure this. For example, for a board of seven member's representatives, ...

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Does the Brexit deal have to be agreed by both Houses?
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Denis has given the formal answer, but there is also a political reason why the House of Lords will not block a deal. The House of Lords is unelected, and the Lords are aware that the existence of ...

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If all the citizens have same rights why some must pay a higher tax rate?
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Literally speaking, yes, it is a kind of discrimination, although not in the usual sense of the word. It discriminates between citizens based on their income or property, but not usually based on ...

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Is there an operating political system in which an election can be invalidated because of a too little participation?
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A minimum turnout is commonly used for referendums. See Referendums by country on Wikipedia, which has an entire column on minimum turnout. Sometimes this minimum is formulated as purely a minimum ...

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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?
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In some parts, such as in British Columbia, the First Nations never signed any treaties with the Government of Canada. For example, see this page on the Kitselas Administration. Even if the ...

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How could an alliance between the Green Party, Liberal-Democrats and Labour Party be formed?
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They could agree to not stand in the same constituencies, like for the partial PS-EELV (red-green) agreement in France. For example, they could decide that in each constituency, only the candidate ...

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Is fascism left or right wing?
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Fascism is extreme-right, and quite obviously so. The opening line on Wikipedia for left-wing politics: Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, often in opposition to ...

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Why is the US so politically right-wing?
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(This answer assumes right-wing as in: individualist / small-government / pro-business, not right-wing as in authoritarian or royalist) This has to do with the history of the USA. A complete answer ...

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What exactly is ineptocracy?
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Or is it just a buzzword without a deep meaning? It is just a buzzword without a deep meaning. It's just a fancy way of saying that the politicians in charge of the country are incompetent. There ...

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What are the main policy differences between Spain and (hoped-for) Catalonia?
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The central government in Madrid regularly takes laws declared in Catalan parliament to court, arguing those laws can only be enacted nationally. In itself, such is just a conflict of sovereignty. ...

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What policy arguments do people make in favor of legalizing marijuana?
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Because legalisation benefits health. Here is how. Governments may want to legalise and tax marijuana in order to reduce consumption of soft-drugs and hard-drugs. For an example, look to The ...

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What is meant by the "left" and the "right"?
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Another interpretation of left and right that one may come across relates to the distribution of power. In a simplified way, the right is associated with a top-down power structure, whereas the left ...

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Why is US rail passenger transportation less important than in other countries?
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It has nothing to do with geography! California. Population density: 93/km² (40 million people on 424,000 km²). Varied climate ranging from snow-capped mountains in the Sierra Nevada to a lush and ...

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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?
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Since you state you are interested in general answers, I will present a case that is apparently different from the US or Canada. In The Netherlands, discrimination based on political beliefs is ...

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Why not have a wealth dependent income tax?
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We don't tax income based on wealth, because taxing wealth is what the wealth tax is for. For example, in The Netherlands, the tax office assumes investments return 4% of their value, and this is ...

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