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It seems to me what kept many militants of PSD and PS apart was not actual politics, but rather some deeper clivage, like their relation with religion or free masonry, for example.
And it seems to me that what distinguishes political parties is not so much ideology as which social/patronage network (sometimes called "political economy network" in academic literature) they represent.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 25th, 2009 at 03:42:53 AM EST
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I tend to see party ideology increasingly like I see religious creeds: the important part is to delineate the group versus other groups.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Sep 25th, 2009 at 09:26:11 AM EST
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En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 25th, 2009 at 09:39:39 AM EST
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What a great term.

Shibboleth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shibboleth (pronounced ˈʃɪbəlɛθ[1] or ˈʃɪbələθ[2]) is any distinguishing practice which is indicative of one's social or regional origin. It usually refers to features of language, and particularly to a word whose pronunciation identifies its speaker as being a member or not a member of a particular group.

And yes, exactly.

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by A swedish kind of death on Fri Sep 25th, 2009 at 09:46:56 AM EST
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