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  1. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Right. And before Linnaeus came up with the category lepidoptera, there were no butterflies. :rolleyes: Page after page after page arguing about the definitions of words; how enlightening. ...
  2. Re: For all who are cheering the Mar-a-Lago raid

    Me too. Not at long odds, but definitely. There are enough people in the party that can calculate the chances of a rabid wolverine winning the general election.
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    Re: Wretched excess

    OK, I missed the note about whose truck it is. It's still large heavy jewelry, but why not?
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    Re: Wretched excess

    An oversize padded codpiece. :rolleyes:
  5. Re: For all who are cheering the Mar-a-Lago raid

    Describing George. as an 'erudite right wing troll' is downright bizarre. (Erudite, yes.) Or did you mean Osborne?
  6. Re: For all who are cheering the Mar-a-Lago raid

    The True Believers will claim the dogsh!t is caviar forever, The ones around the edges, OTOH, appear to have been peeling away for some time. If a plausible RW alternative to Trump reaches the...
  7. Re: For all who are cheering the Mar-a-Lago raid

    Meh . . . Yeah, that could possibly happen. Or maybe not. Predicting the future is hard, and prophecies of doom are good at attracting our attention.

    One applicable law, emphasis added....
  8. Re: An assessment of the "Hillbilly Elegy" author.

    Orson Scott Card is another, on a smaller scale. Some of his sci-fi is first class (Pastwatch, particularly) , and his politics makes Helprin look almost liberal.
  9. Re: An assessment of the "Hillbilly Elegy" author.

    I had exactly the same reaction with Helprin; Winter's Tale is incredible - although once you know about his politics, you can see it seeping through occasionally.
  10. Re: An assessment of the "Hillbilly Elegy" author.

    I enjoyed the book. It's sometimes hard to imagine that the guy who wrote it is the same person as the loathsome conscienceless fellow running for the Senate.
  11. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Yes, great big dampers. And I'm certainly not saying that any of it would be a good idea; quite the opposite. But it would be 100% legally possible to do those things; the people could vote in...
  12. Re: Amnesty International goes full twit liberal

    While I have very little tolerance for Howard Zinn, I don't think even he would argue that 'Russia is liberating Ukraine from the fascist yoke'. I might be underestimating him.
  13. Re: Amnesty International goes full twit liberal

    This is exactly right.
  14. Re: FBI investigating unprecedented threats against the bureau

    Again, Mr. Trump's incompetence is by far his best feature. If he were a competent would-be dictator, he'd have at the least a significant part of the military and law enforcement loyal to him, and...
  15. Re: How will DJT attempt to distract from FBI Florida search

    No more than 150-piece jigsaw puzzles, though.
  16. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    And this is a disagreement about the definition of a word. By the dictionary definition, and by the almost-universal way the word is used today, the US is a democracy. Yes, 250 years ago the...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    The True Believers, no doubt. But the ones around the edge, not members of the cult, normal Republicans?
  18. Re: Armed man tried to breach FBI Headquarters in Ohio

    I actually think there's a chance this might have a good effect. The real danger is not a few nut jobs, but significant parts of the police or military joining a Trumpist insurrection; that's the...
  19. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    I suspect the binary distinction he's making between direct democracy (what he calls 'real' democracy) and constitutional representative democracy is part of the problem. It's a multi-dimensional...
  20. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    You don't even need that. The Constitution has been changed many times, the process for doing it is 'democratic' (representative democracy) in that it depends on elected representatives of the...
  21. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Sorry, but words are things people make up, and they mean what people think they mean. 'Democracy', whether you like it or not, now has several overlapping meanings. 'Direct democracy' like the...
  22. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    Again, under our system, they are, if enough of them agree.

    It depends on whether you want to communicate effectively using the same language as most other people, or whether you want to be a...
  23. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    OK, so 2500 years previously, some semi-legendary examples which didn't work out so well, and probably never will for any group larger than a band of hunter-gatherers. Nothing on the planet at the...
  24. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Only around the edges. The differences were way smaller than they appeared, mainly partly-futile attempts by conservative states to restrict abortion by being as annoying as possible.

    But a...
  25. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    I agree 100%. In fact, a mixture of capitalism and socialism appears to work much, much better than either alone, although we can quibble endlessly about the correct proportions.
  26. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Well, sort of, maybe. We've been getting progressively less and less like a loose confederation for 250 years now, and federal law overriding the wishes of some of the states (very rarely the...
  27. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    And precisely where were these (direct, popular, unlimited) 'democracies' you describe in 1789?

    But one way or another, the reason we describe the US (and Japan, the UK, Germany, Chile, India,...
  28. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Indeed. And if you add in rural/urban, that pretty much covers it.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Joe, I dunno who put together that map, but I think they may have had way too much gin before they did it

    Seriously, North Carolina and Iowa more liberal than Minnesota? New Hampshire MORE...
  30. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    All the Supreme Court did was hold that the Constitution doesn't protect legal abortion.

    Data about public attitudes here.
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  31. Re: 70% of Americans want state referendums on abortion.

    Actually, in lots of states there is definitely a way. More in the west, less in the east and south. More than you ever wanted to know here.
  32. Thread: Socialism

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    Re: Socialism

    A curious definition of the word, since every government on earth that we normally call 'democratic' does not operate that way, and recognizes some limits on its power.

    But a thought experiment: ...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Doesn't take much, does it? What'll they do if he gets indicted? And if he were to get caught robbing a bank, they'd support him to the death? 'I could shoot somebody on 5th Avenue . . ." ...
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    Jonathan Chait yesterday (source)
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    One would think this would be obvious. Laws are based on ideas of right and wrong, which for better or worse are 'belief systems'. Even the basic principle that you shouldn't harm others . . . ...
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    Re: Happy birthday to Ian McColgin…

    Happy Birthday!
  37. Re: Which EVs Will Qualify for the New Electric Vehicle Tax Credit? It’s Complicated.

    Alas, when roads are funded by a tax on gasoline, that actually makes sense.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    If he's barred form elected office, I think there's a fair chance that in 20 years the Republicans will say that was what saved their party.
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    Re: Mar a Largo

    A lighter note.

    'I like 'Presidential Cosplay' - although it also has elements of the traditional madman dressing up as Napoleon. Cosplayers don't really think they're anime characters.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Likely right. Some of that probably, and retaining old-time social norms about gender roles.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    This is mostly mistaken, (and that very partial quote doesn't even come close to demonstrating the point.) Again, while I disagree entirely with those who want to make abortion illegal, 'controlling...
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    Re: Dick Cheney

    We're all wrong about some things, right about others. This time, he got it right. If making that video helps, good for him.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Fortunately, they haven't tried to enact that one into law.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Katherine…

    Happy birthday!
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    The real hard-core anti-abortion folks consider it abortion, and want to ban it. Really. One step away from 'every sperm is sacred'.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Decourcy's not being silly, he's just defining two ends of a continuum. While some folks might think that a fertilized egg is the moral equivalent of a child and deserves the same legal protection,...
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    Re: Touching the 3rd Rail?

    Means testing Social Security isn't worth the trouble. The number of bazillionaires is small, the amount they receive a miniscule proportion of the whole. Raising the max income for SS tax and...
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    The one in #38 is halfway plausible, in Berkley, anyway. I'd bet the original is a parody.
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    Re: Roe: you GO Kansas!!!

    Which is precisely Tom's point; those who oppose abortion are convinced that the fetus is a human being worthy of legal protection.
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    Re: Karen, Your Entitlement Is Showing

    Jesus T. Christ. :rolleyes:

    It almost seems like a parody.
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