thieupepijn
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Is there any other country in the world, besides the US, that erects monuments to those who took up arms against it and lost?
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According to wikipedia the Romans built a number statues to honor their defeated Carthaginian enemy Hannibal.

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Is there evidence that the Republican Party leadership wants fewer people to vote?
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In the 2012 Obama vs Romney presidential election, Pennsylvania state House Republican leader Mike Turzai admitted openly that the whole purpose of a voter ID-law was to suppress Democratic votes and ...

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Are there any contemporary (1990+) examples of appeasement in the diplomatic politics or is this a thing of the past?
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I find this a rather odd question because if you read/watch the international news, it is obvious that appeasement is the rule and that actually confronting an aggressor by military means is the ...

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Is there anything like Schengen area anywhere else in the world?
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The Vatican is internationally recognized as a independent state. However it is very small (0.44 square km) and does not a have visible border with Italy/Rome. Everybody can walk freely between the ...

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Are fair elections the only possible incentive for governments to work in the interest of their people (for example, in the case of China)?
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As another answer already states, a possible incentive for a dictator/dictatorship to govern a country might well be the fear of a coup or revolution. However I think it is also the case that a lot of ...

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Do any local/state/provincial/... governments maintain 'embassies' (within or outside their country)?
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The three constituent countries (besides the Netherlands) that make up the Kingdom of the Netherlands have their own "embassy" in The Hague. While they are not exactly embassies, they are ...

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How do modern conservatives frame identity-based disparities?
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Sorry for saying this but I think your post/question is not written very clearly. However the central question seems to be What are the arguments against identity-based politics ? I will try answer ...

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What prevents a government from taxing its citizens living abroad?
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The other answers already make some good points. However I want to add something. I think some of your assumptions are not correct in some important cases. For example a big part of the Turkish ...

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What are the arguments against meritocracy?
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All other answers point out good things, however I think the most fundamental problem with meritocracy is the following. Politics is essentially about choices which don't have an objective correct ...

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Has the American left abandoned the anti-war movement?
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One of the few things Obama and Trump had in common was that they were not interested in starting new foreign military adventures. I think there is not much point in protesting war if those in power ...

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What is the meaning of "Cancel Culture"?
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My two cents. I think the term is generally understood to refer either as To shame public figures and/or denying them a platform due to their controversial/offensive/wrong views/statements. To ...

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Are there sources that try to demonstrate that democracy is just an oligarchy?
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The book The dictator's handbook by Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alistair Smith argues that there is no fundamental difference between a democracy, oligarchy or a dictatorship. All forms of government ...

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What does Zimbabwe need to do to become a colony again?
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Maybe you can take inspiration from the book or movie "The mouse that roared". Seek out a nice country by which you would like to be colonized and declare war on it. If things play out well, ...

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Why does Singapore criminalize abortion for foreigners?
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I think you answered your own question in one of your comments. The most likely reason indeed seems to me that Singapore wanted to keep good relations with Malaysia. Malaysia probably could live with ...

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Why does the amount of stimulus checks depend on each person's income, not assets?
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Personally I think it is indeed strange/unfair not to take assets into account with a program like this. However there examples of other government-based welfare which only look to income. In the ...

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Is there any consequence to nuclear proliferation to countries?
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While the aforementioned Abdul Quadeer Khan (in the answer of o.m.) was working in a Dutch uranium enrichment plant he managed to get hold of various secret documents. These documents were later of ...

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Why would a country fight money laundering by nationals of non-allied countries?
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Here are the reasons I came up with Letting money laundering go unpunished will generally not be appreciated well by the countries affected by this. Even if those in power are not really bothered by ...

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Why has the US not been more assertive in confronting Russia in recent years?
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According to various news-sources Russia very likely has dirt on the current POTUS (Donald Trump). Therefore it could very well be the case that Donald Trump, where he was in a position to do so, held ...

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Would taxing land be more simple than taxing income?
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It might be the case that someone with a lot of land is just that, someone with a lot of land but not having a large sum of money available to pay taxes with. Of-course if someone with a lot of land ...

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How would a non-dictatorial communist state stop an individual from owning means of production they made themselves?
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I agree with what Scuba Steve is trying to say in it's answer. However I think I can formulate it better. If the state simply does not recognize intellectual property rights, there is no way someone ...

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Why aren't labor unions prosecuted under antitrust law?
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I think the obvious answer to this question is that in most cases unions don't actually have that much clout. In most cases the most they can achieve after spending considerable amounts of time, ...

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Is there anything like Schengen area anywhere else in the world?
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Apparently there is a legal loophole that you can pass the border between Russia and Norway freely as long as it is not by car or by foot. So a few years ago a large number of Syrian refugees ...

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Why do (some) dictator colonels not appoint themselves general?
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Pure speculation, but maybe it is because colonel is the highest ranking officer who (occasionally) sees actual combat. A general is tucked safely away in a command center. Therefore colonel has a ...

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