Graham
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In general, is the ineffectivness to provide basic standards of living of authoritarian states more attributable to malice or incompetence?
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It completely depends on the regime Lenin made a genuine attempt to improve the lives of the Russian people. Stalin, much less so. But even then, however bad life was under Soviet rule, people were ...

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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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This is trivially disproven for almost every European country, considering the nature of European wars of annexation, and insurrections against aristocratic or totalitarian regimes. The US is ...

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Could the US military legally refuse to follow a legal, but unethical order?
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Yes. Not under the laws of the USA, but under international law. The most famous example of this was with the Nuremberg trials, where leading Nazis were tried (and a number executed) for war crimes ...

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How would one justify public funding for non-STEM (or unprofitable) college majors to a non college educated taxpayer?
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Because some of them pay off enough to make the rest worth the risk There aren't that many places who'd want an art historian. However we do have galleries and auction houses who need them. We have ...

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Has Biden's campaign, or the Democratic Party, publicly voiced their opinion on granting some sort of immunity to Trump?
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No, because none of the reasons you've given for why it might happen are true it seems likely to me that Trump won't leave the White House voluntarily. As JoeW says above, he has no choice. At most ...

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Why are Republicans (unlike Democrats) heavily criticized for their flip-flopping regarding the 2016/2020 US supreme court justice nominations?
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Why are the Republicans being criticized? Because in 2016 they didn't simply say it was party politics as the reason to oppose Obama's choice, nor even that they disagreed with his choice. They chose ...

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Why does the UK government write off student loan debt after 30 years?
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When student loans were first set up in the 90s, they were only to cover the cost of living (food, accommodation, clothes, etc.). At that point tuition was still free, and there was still some grant ...

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Why hasn't competition between health insurance providers led to lower prices for consumers?
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removing the ability of private health insurance companies to compete will give rise to a natural monopoly in the industry, leading to an overall increased cost to the taxpayer. Emphasis mine - and ...

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What would happen if the Queen died immediately before a general election?
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The UK always has a monarch, because the monarchy transfers without anything needing to be done. The ceremony is simply the incumbent monarch formally accepting the role which they already have. As ...

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Why is the population of post-Soviet states declining?
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Almost all European countries have below-replacement birth rates - that is, less than 2 births per woman on average, assuming approximately equal numbers of each gender. This follows an ongoing trend ...

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Are there really no countries that protect Freedom of Speech as the United States does?
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or punished in any way for it. The USA may pride itself on freedom from federal limitations on speech, but this does not mean that individual states do not themselves have laws which limit this. ...

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Do other countries guarantee freedoms that the United States does not have?
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The freedom to cross the road Jaywalking is criminalised in the US on a state-by-state basis. You are permitted only to cross roads on a designated crossing, if such a crossing exists. Many ...

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What would the United Kingdom's "optimal" Brexit deal look like?
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The "optimal" solution for Brexiteers is:- The UK does not have to follow any EU rules. The UK gets to decide rules for imports. UK industry gets to export to the EU freely in spite of those goods ...

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Why are Democratic presidential candidates promising free health care for Illegal Immigrants?
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There is another answer which should be more convincing to the right wing. It's cheaper. If you need to track who's eligible for treatment, deal with co-pays, and all the other paperwork associated ...

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What's the rationale behind the objections to these measures against human trafficking?
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Point 2 has two major issues The first is that it places an impossible responsibility on those hotel workers. Without training, without backup, without evidence, and not least without pay, they are ...

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What are the main reasons for why negotiating a proper Brexit deal has been so hard?
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it was generally expected that the pro-Brexit politicians had some idea of how negotiations for a Brexit deal would fare and what the outcome would be. Who by? Everyone knew the lead Brexit team (...

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Why raise so much fuss about the Skripal poisoning?
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What's the big deal? The UK government believes that the government of Russia sent military personnel onto its territory to kill UK citizens. There's a word for one country sending its military into ...

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Can the UK realistically back out of Brexit?
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It's possible. Article 50 is entirely reversible, according to the man who actually wrote it. So if the government of the day decides to halt Brexit, at any point up to the final signatures which ...

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In the US why is nationalism equated with racism?
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Other answers have addressed the issue of racism. It's worth considering other aspects of this though. "My nation is the best" is a valid and praiseworthy opinion. However it can lead to some very ...

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How do politicians on the Left side of the political spectrum reconcile the need to protect workers with the support for immigration?
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At the same time, many Left-wing politicians support increased immigration - both through the visa system and through asylum claims. It is vital to separate these different sources, because it is not ...

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Why are chemical weapons such a big deal?
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Because chemical weapons are classed as a Weapon of Mass Destruction. Under US military doctrine, a chemical weapon is a biological weapon is a nuclear weapon - there is literally no distinction made ...

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Why won't Donald Trump do something about "fake news"?
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Further to comments about the Constitution... Donald Trump's own social media feeds and news reports from the office of the President would equally well be news sources. They would equally well be ...

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Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
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Why should he? WW2 was a "total war" situation. All civilian work was managed by the governments and military with the aim of supporting the military. As such civilians were legitimate targets, ...

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