Commentators who use the term are often concerned about government involvement in the delivery of public goods and the formulation and implementation of laws and policies concerning civil rights, social justice and social welfare. However, such commentators may also be supportive of capital punishment, stronger executive powers for government, a larger criminal justice system (particularly in terms of the numbers of police officers and prisons) and a powerful military.
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