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What is a word/phrase that could be defined as “the conflict between individual liberty and the public interest”?

What is a word/phrase that could be defined as “the conflict between individual liberty and the public interest”? I.e. the conflict between the state protecting individual rights and the state ...
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What does “Commander-in-Soy” versus “alpha” mean?

Today’s (January 26th) Washington Post reported President Trump’s decision to end the government shutdown under the headline, “Trump caves” or “Genius.” : Right wing splits after Trump ends shutdown ...
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Word for “proportional government based on map area”?

Since the US election the other day, I've started seeing the usual spate of choropleth maps like the one below. [source and discussion] These are problematic for representing the results of ...
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What is the meaning of “crew-cut Democrat”?

According to Merriam-Webster, a crewcut is “…a very short haircut usually for men or boys in which the hair resembles the bristle surface of a brush” I found several instances online that used this ...
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Political catchwords used to misguide? [closed]

I remember reading a Wikipedia article about a linguistic category of catchwords used in politics which refer to ill-defined ideas. They are left purposefully vague so their exact meaning is left ...
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Opposite of '-cracy/-archy'?

Something + -cracy/-archy (“strength, power”) produces a word meaning ‘rule by those who are/have/were whatever the something is’. For example, ‘plutocracy’ is pluto- (“wealth”) + -cracy and means ‘...
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'Androcracy'/'gynocracy' are hyponyms of, and 'oligocracy'/'oligarchy' is a hypernym of, what term?

What is the term for an oligocratic/oligarchic political system—one in which power is held by a subset of the overall population—where the power allocation is based on one's sex? A society run by men ...
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What does “It’s just another day in paradise.” mean in political and diplomatic context in association with U.S. and Russia summit talks?

I came across a phrase, “It’s just another day in paradise” in an article by The Hill (July 20) that came under the title, “Trump demoralized his own team with dizzying Russian moves.” It reads; “...
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Meaning of “The quit vetting politicians a long time ago”

people! Can you help with this? MAN 1: I'm not sure I'll withstand the vetting. MAN 2: They quit vetting politicians a long time ago. Let's go figure out the how.
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Was the adjective 'Soviet' more commonly used than 'Russian' during the cold war?

Watching 'The Crown' made me wonder whether the usage of 'Russian' is anachronistic in the show. I.e. whether common usage in the UK and the USA would have been 'Soviet Tanks' or 'the Soviets' when ...
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Is criminalisation the right word to describe the involvement of criminals?

In the Indian media and public discourse, the phrase 'criminalisation of politics' is often used to indicate one or more of the following: The nexus between organized crime and politics High, and ...
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Reagan's quote on the best social program

According to http://www.azquotes.com/quote/653562 Ronald Reagan said that "I believe the best social program is a job" Now, I am not sure if I understand this correctly. For, the term social ...
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Synoynms for 'minister' (in a political context) that do not imply leadership of a ministry or department?

I am leading an initiative in my micronation-state (for information on micronations in general, see Wikipedia), the Republic of Glastieve (see Micronations Wiki and again), which recently launched the ...
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Meaning and etymology of the “Rhodesia Solution” [closed]

An example of the term "Rhodesia solution" being used is in The whisky Priest, an episode from the BBC comedy series Yes Minister, which follows a government minister and some of his closest staff ...
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Why is the singular “Olympic Athlete From Russia” used for an ice-hockey team?

It’s definitely more than one athlete in the Russian team. On TV: On the web And they did it all the time till the finals: Clearly, it wasn't an arbitrary error or slip-up.
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The origin of the current use of 'readout' in reporting political news

The word ‘readout’ has recently started appearing in various U.S. news reports in a sense that seems to be relatively new: a public summary of a meeting, or a phone conversation, which was not itself ...
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Is there a hidden meaning to the name “Coraline Cake” from the suffragette cook book?

According to NPR, the suffragette movement included politically subversive recipe books. Chicago obstetrician and gynecologist Alice Bunker Stockham, the fifth woman to become a licensed doctor in ...
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Is there an alternative way of saying something has been 'a topic of dispute"?

I want to write about the extent to which Malcolm X brought about any change to the Civil Rights Movement through his civil rights activism and that this has been 'a topic of dispute' among ...
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Row of the Summer

Those following the "Brexit" politics in the U.K. probably have heard David Davis (U.K. Chief Negotiator) characterize the negotiations ahead as the row of the summer. I'm a continental European and ...
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What does 'erect galleries' mean in the political context? [closed]

I have been reading John Adams by David McCullough and was stumped by the expression of "erect galleries" as in the following excerpt. In Massachusetts the idea of galleries for the public to watch ...
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What did Bannon mean when he said that Rice “operationalized” the NSC? [closed]

According to several news sources, Stephen K. Bannon said in a statement today that "Susan Rice operationalized the NSC [National Security Council] during the last administration" and that he "was put ...
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Is using the word “propaganda” to describe this statement an accurate usage of terminology? [closed]

I asked this same question on Politics SE, but I believe this is one of the rare occasions where a cross-post is warranted, since the question generated a fair bit of controversy in answers and ...
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A word or phrase for making a process more difficult, as a means of discouraging or preventing somebody from completing the process

Today, the FBI announced that Freedom of Information requests would no longer be taken via email. In my opinion, their goal is to reduce the number of FOI requests by making them more difficult to ...
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What does Obama mean in this interview?

I was reading Obama's farewell interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic. I'm not able to understand this particular quote of his: You know, I always talk about when I was doing civil-rights ...
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What is the term for 'guiding hand of democracy'? [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase that says "even though the voters have chosen someone in the short term who was quite toxic - there are hidden long term benefits that come out because of the collective ...
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What does “to put a bit of stick about” mean?

I have heard this phrase in the House of Cards (1990`s) TV series, and Google does not lead to any good explanation. To my mind, the main character is using this phrase when he intends to make the ...
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A derogatory term for “a humiliating statement of surrender”

What do you call the statement someone, or some organization/entity/group, makes when surrending - and when the surrender and/or the statement and/or the circumstances of making the statement are ...
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Are “Referendum” and “Plebiscite” the same in the meaning, or different in the meaning and nuance?

There was the following passage in the article that came under the title, “European politics are swinging to the right” in Time magazine (Sept.22 issue): “It won’t end with the U.K. Right wing ...
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Support for a political figure without necessarily knowing/understanding or supporting their policies

I know there is a word for this in Spanish but I can't remember what it is. I've been searching online for a while but have had no luck. All I remember is it's "C-something-ismo". Is there an ...
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Post-policy politics…what?

I have to translate a Washington Post article on Trump but I cannot understand one part: It's post-policy politics. It's about having the right feelings instead of the right proposals. Now, that ...
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Need Help for a political terms- calling back MPs

Some political systems allow voters to 'call back' an MP mid-term if he/she doesn't perform up to their expectations. What is the formal political term used for such process ? Thank you all for your ...
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In the context of Hillary saying she “owes penance” to L.F. de Rothschild, what does “owing penance” mean?

In this email leaked by Wikileaks, Hillary Clinton asks Rothschild to: Let me know what penance I owe you. The only definitions I can find for the word "penance" are religious terms that imply ...
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Looking for an English word or expression for not having a real boss in charge

There is a Hungarian word fejetlenség, literally, having no head, in the state of having no head, meaning a situation where a state or an organisation is an unruly mess. Is there an English ...
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Term for when someone falsely accuses you of doing to them what they are actually doing to you

UPDATE: (2018-02-08) Pot-Calling-The-Kettle-Black (PCKB) reconsideration and another example: The Wikipedia article on PCKB indicates something interesting. It says that originally, the term was ...
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Usage, meaning and origin of the “swing state”.

According to Tom Murse, a US politics expert, the expression swing state has two different denotations: 1) The most popular use of swing state is to describe one in which the popular vote margin ...
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Is there a word for enjoying the entertainment surrounding the election?

I have heard of electiontainment, which I like as a word-geek. Yet, it only returned 400 results on Google. Is there anything similar that has wider penetration?
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Is there a term similar to fascist used outside the political realm? [closed]

I've heard the term "body fascist," which I assume means someone who subscribes to a collective ideal of body image, but I was unsure if that use of "fascist" could be applied to anything.
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Is “maiden speech” regarded as politically incorrect?

Some people use "inaugural speech" instead of maiden speech. For example, from the Twitter account of the Australian Sex Party: From one year ago, the Inaugural Speech of @FionaPattenMLC http://...
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“A government of the people, by the people, for the people”

From a famous speech: A government of the people, by the people, for the people I believe the last part is clear (for the people). But what is the difference— in meaning— between of the people (it ...
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Why 'prefecture' for Japanese administration areas?

There are many ways of labeling the smaller administrative areas of a country: states. For the US, provinces for Canada, counties for Ireland for English speaking countries, and departments (or ...
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What's an alternative term to “politically correct”/“political correctness” that liberals can use? [closed]

This may be a fairly controversial question, but ... I have known several people on the left (liberals, even radicals) who use the term "politically correct." I also know a lot of people on the ...
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Word for having strong political opinions but no consistent “side”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe someone who has strong political opinions or beliefs, but they belong to such a wide variety of "sides" that you can't really pin them down with a specific ...
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What term describes “the degree to which peers can loan each other money”?

I want to make a distinction between two groups of people: Group A has the liquidity and borrowing power. Group B has minimal liquidity and borrowing power. The term "credit rating" implies it's ...
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Word for saying something that people want to hear

Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister-designate, recently (rather impotently) rebuked his supporters in front of the media for booing a question posed by a reporter, saying, Hey, guys, guys, ...
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Phrase for advocacy group having a disincentive to achieve its stated goal?

There are many advocacy groups that have goals, such that, if and when their goal is achieved, they would essentially become obsolete and have no need to exist anymore. Hence, there is something of a ...
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Is there a defined difference between the word “policy” and the phrase “policy measure”

I've seen a lot of things crop up talking about "policy measures" recently. I've even caught myself about to use (or misuse) it . But does it mean anything unique, or is it just a redundant way of ...
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Someone who knows he is too small to change politics, but still wants to fight

What is the word for someone who wants to fight against corruption in politics, but he knows he's too small to really change anything? For example many artists are like this: What do you call an ...
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Phrase for a proponent of states' rights

What do you call someone who supports states' rights? I often see some variation of "states' rightists" but I have a few uncertainties there. Should there be an apostrophe? "States' rights" makes ...
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Who is ‘another champion’ in President’ Obama’s speech “The biggest corporation don't need another champion. You do.”

I heard through AP Radio News the following message of President Obama in his speech delivered in Connecticut two days before the midterm election, in which Democrats suffered a crashing defeat. He ...
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what does “line ministries” mean?

Could someone explain it for me. I googled it but couldn't find any useful information. I would appreciate it if you could tell me what it means. Example usage... The antimonopoly committee has ...