Re: It's not that simple
Couldn't we give more territory to Chester though? And probably by Sunday they meant any day when the sun is shining, rather than just one day of the week, which is a silly restriction for a law.
77 posts • joined 5 Nov 2007
The vast majority of the people labelled alt-right are in no way shape or form neo Nazis. Even if they were, "no platforming" them is a proven way to give them more power, not less. Much better to let them speak, and then mock them using their own words to highlight their idiot wrongness.
Your classification of what left and right means seems to be what is retarded, as it groups together a lot of people who have nothing to do with each other under each section. A better definition of what keft and right means is to understand that they are not political philosophies, but political marketing strategies, with the left being the ones who claim to be morally superior, and the right claiming to be competent. As such, it is better to ignore the irrelevant left/right caterwauling and instead consider individual policies in their own terms without pretending that left or right means anything at all.
Just imagine: if you had spent your time doing something other than loafing, slack-jawed in front of whatever gormless celebrities and light entertainment the BBC features these days, you might have become a better person, capable of commenting without vulgarity. It would be impolite, so thankyou for not mocking the TV addicted buffoon, fellow commenters.
The Laffer curve is not possible to debunk, consisting as it does of the observation that the government gets no money at tax rates of 0% and 100%, and that therefore there is a tax rate somewhere between the two at which the government maximises its tax profits. The Laffer curve is a basic fact of fiscal policy.
Democracy is the rule of the most convincing liars. It has nothing to do with ensuring limited government or moral government. The fundamental reason our governing classes are going to pot is that we don't have the same resistance to democratically elected governments that we did to monarchical governments, so that democratic governments can behave like drunken sailors with hardly a peep from the populace.
The term "capitalism" is used to denote collusion between the state and corporations by the socialists, and free market ideology by the libertarians.
In my opinion, the main problem is not so much an "-ism", but more that most countries are way too large, so that most people cannot judge the state of the nation, and so consequently there is not enough resistence to the unsustainable growth of government that most parts of the world have seen over the last century, and which is now 'coming home to roost'.
We need to restrict countries to be about the size of Liechtenstein or Iceland, to keep ambitious politicians in check.
Stalin, Mao, etc were not merely "assholes", for Marx's sakes: they were ideologues whose actions were based on Communist ideology, which is in the Enlightenment tradition, and which was at the time one of the wider strands of atheist thought. Saying they're not atheists is like saying Torquemada isn't a theist, because he acted based on one small strand of Theistic ideology.
It is not about being "better than the perpetrator" - that is hardly a meaningful statement in a society that no longer pretends to have a common system of morality. Rather than trying to score goody-goody points, you should ponder how society works better or worse with the policy.
Why assume that Jesus only saved THIS world through his sacrifice? I don't remember anything in the Bible claiming that salvation was limited to planet Earth. Indeed, I thought a large part of the point of Chrisitianity is that, unlike Judahism, it is Universal, and that one should therefore spread the good news.
The main Christian powers before 1000 AD - Byzantium, the Carolingian Franks, and, to a lesser extent, Anglo-Saxon England - were far more important for the preservation of knowledge that kicked off the Renaissance than any of the Islamic powers. Indeed, the Renaissance was to a great extent kicked off by refugees from Byzantium after it's sackings by the Turks, and, earlier, by the 4th crusade.
Surely the title 'consumer' is more appropriate for the fellow who spends way more cash on high specced cameras, music players, portable computers, and totes them about everywhere, rather than someone who just keeps a simple smartphone on them. What do you do, run around with a Batman utility belt on?
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