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Status quo is a Latin phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regard to social or political issues.[1] In the sociological sense, it generally applies to maintain or change existing social structure and values.[2] With regard to policy debate, the status quo refers to how conditions are at the time and how the affirmative team can solve these conditions for example "The countries are now trying to maintain a status quo with regards to their nuclear arsenal which will help them if the situation gets any worse."[3]

It is the nominative form of the prepositional Latin phrase "Template:Lang" – literally "in the state in which", which itself is a shortening of the original phrase Template:Lang, meaning "in the state in which things were before the war". To maintain the status quo is to keep the things the way they presently are. The related phrase Template:Lang, literally "the state in which before",[4] means "the state of affairs that existed previously".[4]

Political usage[]

Social movements are an example of times when the status quo might be challenged. In these instances status quo refers to the current state of affairs around a particular issue, or perhaps the current culture or social climate of an entire society or nation.[5] The status quo is generally perceived negatively by supporters of the social movement, and people who want to maintain the status quo can be seen as being resistant to progress.[6]

Politicians sometimes refer to a status quo. Often there is a policy of deliberate ambiguity, referring to the status quo rather than formalizing the status. Clark Kerr is reported to have said: "The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed".[7]

Karl Marx viewed organized religion as a means for the bourgeoisie to keep the proletariat content with an unequal status quo.[8]

See also[]

  • Casus belli
  • Status quo bias
  • List of Latin phrases
  • Status Quo (Jerusalem and Bethlehem)
  • Status quo ante (disambiguation)

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