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In our winner take all elections, a third party vote is more or less equivalent to giving half a vote to each evil. Under such a system, it is difficult for alternative ideas to be heard, let alone flourish. That is why I think ranked choice voting is essential.
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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/18/house-passes-raise-the-wage-act-15-per-hour-minimum-wage-bill.html
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Links (8/08/19) at Economist's View
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I’ll vote for “higher”.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Links (8/08/19) at Economist's View
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Wait, wait. How few people does Eric Prince have to shoot before his sister becomes President??
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Links (8/08/19) at Economist's View
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neoliberal ideology (essentially Troskyism for the rich) [Brilliant.]
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2019 on Links (8/01/19) at Economist's View
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Our policies are to do, mostly, with Republicans. Our failure to convince voters, in a democracy, that there are alternatives to the gradual rot of the last two generations -- that is to do, mostly, with Democrats. Sure, undermining the party after it's made its choice of nominee is stupid and counterproductive. But strengthening the party and fighting for its message are not mutually exclusive. That is where we are now; Sarandonism is, for the moment, irrelevant. I asked you a long time ago if you supported democracy, and you took offense. How then am I supposed to interpret "blame the American voters"?
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2019 on Links (8/01/19) at Economist's View
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For all its faults (and decline), it is still better than most comment cages I see. Now there's a depressing thought :-)
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2019 on Links (8/01/19) at Economist's View
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Yep. Went through the same. But I see some rays of optimism in the young (15-35) generation today.
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Given the source of the comment above, you are no doubt correct. Nevertheless, we should be careful not to conflate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. That conflation has been used as a weapon against Corbyn, Omar, et al.
Toggle Commented Aug 4, 2019 on Links (8/01/19) at Economist's View
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I await with great apprehension the day when one of the recipients of Chinese development, having defaulted and lost the infrastructure they had as collateral e.g. a port like Piraeus, decide to (re)nationalize the infrastructure. Hopefully the Chinese have a non-military plan to deal with that contingency.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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The problem seems to be that Trump’s lawyers block the release of documents by saying there is insufficient reason for the investigations. Possible impeachment provides a potent reason.
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Stupid Trump says “They investigated me and found no collusion”. If he said instead “They investigated me and found no conviction” then we could all agree.
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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The Empire, in all its wisdom, has declared some countries as illegal, unworthy of using the banking system. And then, sanctioned anyone who does business with those illegals. So, it is illegals all the way down, in our ever-expanding WOE (War On Everyone). This has generated interest in cryptocurrencies from some of those crooks and criminals (aka “other countries”).
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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Good thing. Otherwise, it’s all Hunger Games.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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We could rephrase it as “Can we afford to let everyone see a doctor?”
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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Interesting, also, how the last sentence brings to mind the Chinese strategy over the last 30 years.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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“And while Sanders has in fact proposed a number of new taxes, independent estimates say that the revenue they’d generate would fall far short of what his plan would cost.” Mealy-mouthed way of saying that Sanders is lying.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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You are too focused on the technology. Banks are not there just to conduct transactions, they are there to track them and report to the government. They are required to know something about the people behind the transactions.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2019 on Links (7/22/19) at Economist's View
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Congratulations!
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:-) Second the sentiment.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2019 on Links (7/15/19) at Economist's View
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How is this a fiction? His latest is racist, in an open and obvious way. I, for one, thought that he was mostly pandering to racists ("good people on both sides", etc.) as a side effect of keeping the xenophobes' votes. I was wrong. Overthinking on my part. The man is a racist. How else can you interpret these latest tweets?
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2019 on Links (7/15/19) at Economist's View
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Excellent article, which also highlights how our immigration issues have little to do with those of Hungary et al, despite the superficial similarity from waves of desperate people trying to immigrate. Here, BTW, is Putin making the same mistake, i.e. equation the American and European immigration issues, in an interview with the Financial Times June 27 2019 http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/60836 "There is also the so-called liberal idea, which has outlived its purpose. Our Western partners have admitted that some elements of the liberal idea, such as multiculturalism, are no longer tenable. When the migration problem came to a head, many people admitted that the policy of multiculturalism is not effective and that the interests of the core population should be considered. Although those who have run into difficulties because of political problems in their home countries need our assistance as well. That is great, but what about the interests of their own population when the number of migrants heading to Western Europe is not just a handful of people but thousands or hundreds of thousands? Lionel Barber: Did Angela Merkel make a mistake? Vladimir Putin: Cardinal mistake. One can criticise Trump for his intention to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. It could be going too far. Yes, maybe so. I am not arguing about this point. But he had to do something about the huge inflow of migrants and narcotics. Nobody is doing anything. They say this is bad and that is bad as well. Tell me, what is good then? What should be done? Nobody has proposed anything. I do not mean that a wall must be built or tariffs raised by 5 percent annually in the economic relations with Mexico. This is not what I am saying, yet something must be done. He is at least looking for a solution. What am I driving at? Those who are concerned about this, ordinary Americans, they look at this and say, Good for him, at least he is doing something, suggesting ideas and looking for a solution. As for the liberal idea, its proponents are not doing anything. They say that all is well, that everything is as it should be. But is it? They are sitting in their cosy offices, while those who are facing the problem every day in Texas or Florida are not happy, they will soon have problems of their own. Does anyone think about them? The same is happening in Europe. I discussed this with many of my colleagues, but nobody has the answer. The say they cannot pursue a hard-line policy for various reasons. Why exactly? Just because. We have the law, they say. Well, then change the law!" Multiculturalism is a myth, and Florida is suddenly swamped with a wave of immigrants that don't share "our" culture, thus creating a crisis? Has he been to Miami? Not to speak of the millions we brought in (and maintained as a separate subculture through discrimination), or the nominally independent Indian nations, or the 25% of the country we acquired through conquest (along with its Mexican inhabitants), or millions of Puerto Ricans, or... Nothing at all like, say, the (relatively) monocultural Magyar culture and nation.
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2019 on Links (7/9/19) at Economist's View
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What is a "social wage system Based on life time market wage earnings"?
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Yes exactly. And the economic stuff is a burden for a generation, and a lot is reversible. But the environmental stuff may be irreparable.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2019 on Links (6/29/19) at Economist's View
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Sorry, hope you did not waste time searching. My own attempt to ridicule Trump.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2019 on Links (6/29/19) at Economist's View
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