A slightly lighter post for Friday night before I'm off. Thanks for all the great comments and engagement today everyone. Well, almost everyone. Not the trolls, lol. G'nite.
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In fact, the level of deregulated, predator capitalism we allow to fester is causing serious economic stagnation for the "poorest" 90% of Americans.
Personal attacks and strawmen are all you have left.
Please point to the place where I personally attacked you. I'm afraid you are the only one who has done that:
...you spoiled manbaby...
...you loathsome cretin...
Please point specifically to the straw man I posted. Because here are a few of yours:
The Nazis were bad so all governments are Nazis
Which I didn't say or even imply in my post. I was making a point that saving Jews was illegal, you were claiming no one should do things that are illegal.
Ah, the "I'm a serious businessman" gambit that is in no way cliche on the Internet
Which, in no way, did I do. The point was that the function YOU were talking about could be handled privately.
You compare taxation to the Holocaust
No, I didn't. Please point to the place where I did that. See "Nazi's are bad" paragraph.
Or other fallacies....
whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden to common criminals who won't pay taxes that hundreds of millions of people recognize as peferctly legitimate
Millions of people thought slavery and killing Jews was perfectly valid. Are you really still using that as an excuse for extortion?
The world doesn't work like you want it to - anywhere
Except, of course, for all the places that I previously linked to.
That country is North Korea
It is impossible to understand my position, or even to have paid any attention at all to my position, and come to this conclusion. North Korea is the pinnacle of statism. It contains the worst of government control over production and resources. This is an example of what we can expect with policies YOU are promoting.
Shall I go on? so far we have
Fallacy of large numbers
Flailing about with no actual addition to your argument.
Which leaves me with:
_My point is that Robert Hirsch is a ridiculous fool, and I've made it pretty thoroughly _
Oh my. I'm afraid that name calling, argumentative fallacies, and threats of violence hardly helps to make whatever point you were trying for.
This a good quality video of the official kickoff speech, which is powerful and historical in it's reach. Read a full transcript of this epic speech at: http://www.vox.com/2015/5/26/8662903/bernie-sanders-full-text-speech-presidential-campaign
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Each figure is standing on a chair, while a fourth chair sits empty, which the artist, Italian sculptor Davide Dormino says is for you.
However, we would have to make sure we know what the point of it would be, and be convinced that any possible reforms would yield better results than a radical re-do. I don't see anything working that hasn't been tried, frankly.
It also very much matters exactly who constitutes the "we." Reform is still a power-play, so the successful reformer has to wield the greater power. I can't think of any interesting formulation of "we" where that's the case.
I think those historians you mention are right (as well as courageous!), and that excess scale will eventually drag down the continental empire, just as with the Roman Empire in the times of Diocletian.
Also, such excess scale will be -- how to put it? -- maladaptive in a post-industrial, energy-scarce world. Half of US territory is ruled by a capital over 1000 miles away. Not a recipe for permanence!
As we start taking this prospect seriously, we have to move beyond the assumptions brought by our own historical baggage.
One, dissolution is not secession, and there is a viable, non-violent course available to that end;
Two, nothing says that the successor states must be rivals. In fact, such rivalry is usually due to expansionist periods, such as in Europe during the mercantilist "age of discovery."
States of the FUSA, by contrast, would be dealing with a severe period of contraction, with every motivation to cooperate, or at least mind their own business.
Example for 'What you sow, you reap'.
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