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No, we should not allow this. When we post questions about the political positions of individual people, then we should do so by asking for actual positions on specific issues. We should not ask whether or not abstract labels apply. Why? Abstract labels almost always include a positive or negative connotation. "Fascist" is a label with an especially ...


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Yes, I think this question would be on-topic here.


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Crime statistics in themselves are not about politics and political processes (unless, perhaps, if the perpetrators are politicians or if we are talking about political crimes). Yes, they might be relevant for political decisions, but almost everything is in some way relevant for political decision making. If we use that as a measure for what's on-topic, ...


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I think asking for a salary table of government employees is rather stretching the scope of the site. You might argue it's a matter of government policy how much government employees are paid but I think it opens the door to a lot of uninteresting questions that are only tangentially related to politics. While there is a police tag, it's mostly used, like ...


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Let's dissect the two Why do US presidents play golf? - There's no attempt at a political angle, just a general "Why play golf?", which should be closed as off-topic (I can't tell you why any one president likes golf, let alone all of them for the last 30-ish years). An on-topic question might be Why do people sometimes get mad at US presidents for ...


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My problem is broader than this one question. Fascism is ill-defined for our purposes here. I tend to think Jonah Goldberg got it right when he said In short, “fascist” is a modern word for “heretic,” branding an individual worthy of excommunication from the body politic. The left uses other words—“racist,” “sexist,” “homophobe,” “christianist”—for ...


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It worth noting that there's a post notice for these very questions: This post relates to a rapidly changing event. Only ♦ moderators can apply and remove these notices. There are currently two questions on Politics Stack Exchange which have this notice: What options are left, if Britain cannot decide? Did Erdoǧan cheat in the 2018 election? You can find ...


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I would suggest placing a bounty on the question with outdated answers. There is even an option for this on the bounty dialog: In the specific case linked in this question, the original suggested duplicate question was closed for being opinion-based, so a bounty couldn't be started in this situation. However, as the community decided that the original was ...


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it's puzzling why anyone would think a network policy of secrecy and censorship is not inherently political. If we were discussing the secrecy and censorship of China, or the US, or Germany, or some multi-national corporation, surely those would be politically on-topic. Respectfully disagree. China, the US, or Germany would be on topic. Some multi-national ...


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Those are generally on-topic questions, e.g. questions of the first category they usually fall under the comparative-politics tag. Be more careful with the #2 & #3. There are some questions like those too e.g. Which are the advantages of monarchy? but it sometimes can become a mostly [SE user] opinion-based question, e.g. if the policy proposal is ...


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Is a question that depends on estimating the level of political expertise or political talent of a political leader of the past or present necessarily so opinion-based that it must be put on hold? A question like that would be at risk of being closed. Someone's level of talent or "expertise" can be a subjective thing to ask. You might be able to get away ...


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If I need to say it again (defending my question), politicians supporting [or not] a social cause by their personal but public behavior (rather than legislation per se) seems reasonably on-topic. To give a different example of that kind, Modi personally collecting trash on a beach was newsworthy for this reason. If I ask here if some other politicians engage ...


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Popular pundits should be considered as political opinion journalism. Its value as a topic here would be in proportion to what's said is: verifiable. Pundit asserts that a candidate is secretly a lizard-man, because of evidence X,Y, and Z. Questions about X,Y, and Z should be OK, even though we're skeptical that lizard-men exist. measurable. Pundit ...


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The real problem is that there are two radically different definitions of the word: political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and ...


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As a general rule, no single statement qualifies as propaganda. Propaganda is a systematic misrepresentation of facts in order to present a false, redacted, or misleading worldview as true. We could close any question of the type "Is statement X propaganda" as lacking sufficient information or context, with the guidance that the question needs to refer to a ...


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I say yes, but only if we have good consensus definition of "propaganda." After all, terms like, "Fascist," for example, become messy very quickly for this reason. Without a clear definition either by consensus or given by the OP (like in questions like this one where the OP is asking about words used by a specific author), then questions about things like ...


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As the author of the question Why do US presidents play golf? I might be regarded as biased. It is not obvious who benefits by enforcing a strict rule about relevance - a quick look suggests that this site has about 15 questions per day, so relevant questions are hardly being lost in a flood of poor questions. Regarding my golf question, it has attracted ...


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I don't think the policies of Stack Exchange, or other businesses, fall under this sites scope, or should fall under this site's scope, except insofar as they relate to broader policies related to the actions of governments. For instance, if we take a look at the Help Center: Politics Stack Exchange is for objective questions about governments, ...


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An unambigous yes would be absurd alone due to the fact that in many countries, a lot of politicians hold day jobs. Such politicians might create notable facts in science, academia, art, engineering, sports due to their main career path or private interests. Questions on topic in these fields could have zero to do with politics. Or a lot. Crassly put, a ...


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