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    06-22-2018, 10:42 PM
    Clearly, everything is not bunnies and light, but nevertheless better than they were.. There is a good dose of half-baked stuff on that page, but a few good comments by those using their brains as more than hat racks were also present. To wit: The only thing there to which I take exception is the implications of the use of "robber baron". Beyond that, the statement is on the money. I see three general factors beyond the usual cycles of discovery as cited above to be of major influence. Firstly, government regulation. Consider ACA, the costs of which serve as a barrier to entry for entrepreneurial endeavors. SOX is yet another HUGE cost that keeps little guys out of play. Then there is the lingering aftermath of the dotcom fiasco where imbecile investors tossed money around without due analysis and got burned in wide and deep fashion. Consider that 23 year old infant who was handed $30+ million and threw a launch party with The Who as the entertainment. He went to prison as I recall, but that didn't get the investors' cash back.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 10:19 PM
    I don't know anything about that, but he would still have been better than that joke of a man Gary Johnson.
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  • osan's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 10:09 PM
    The more we turn our backs to the UN, the better. The only exception is our position on the security council. Being able to veto their hair-brained schemes remains a useful thing, IMO. It would be my druthers that the UN be dissolved, but practically speaking it is not a good idea due to the corrupt nature of humans. If the UN is eliminated, just as it replaced the League of Nations, so would it too be replaced. UN is a known quantity and with our commanding position therein, the shenanigans can be managed and mostly thwarted. If a new organization were to rise from the ashes of UN, people would likely fall for whatever line of bullshit was being fed them as to why it is so necessary for everyone to come together as "one" and waive their individual rights in favor of those collective. Given the forces at play, eliminating UN could be more harmful than carefully thwarting that which is now well understood. And for the record, "UN Human Rights Council"... really... this doesn't even rise to the status of a joke. I've read and analyzed the UN Declaration of Human Rights. It talks a lot and says nearly nothing - weasel-wording from front to back, either designed to mislead or written by people who apparently cannot string more than two words together in coherent and sound fashion. The document is a travesty on its best day.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 08:49 PM
    Survive? The West doesn't even have the will to regard itself as something distinct and particular and, most importantly, ​superior.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 08:48 PM
    I still say he should have been the Libertarian candidate.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-22-2018, 02:43 AM
    In the past, I would -- at least partially -- defend the ACLU from fellow right-wingers who would criticize them. This was, after all, the organization that defended Hoppe's free speech after he said that gays have higher time preference than straights. They believed in wacky things, but the organization (or at least some chapters) deserved respect. Those days might be coming to a close.
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  • osan's Avatar
    06-21-2018, 11:12 PM
    Wait a minute... Peter Fonda is an actor? GTFOOH. And all this time I thought he was just riding the coat tails of daddy in a pathetically vain attempt at appearing as if he had done something relevant with his sadly pointless existence, just like his sister, who at least had tits. As for his call to feed Trump's son to rapists, perhaps he should be served up a heapin' helpin' of the same... which is to say that he should be so fed, and not his children who, while likely as degenerate as dad, presumably had no part in this penultimate example of human nobility. The Fondas support my estimation that the "greatest generation" was, in fact, the worst. After all, did they not issue forth my generation, the so-called "baby boomers" who made up the ranks of filthy, stoopid hippies? Where in hell were those of the "greatest generation" when they should have been whipping the hides off of their even more stoopid progeny, who have in turn raised the millennials - the weakest and most intellectually bereft generation to date, soon to be surpassed by their own brood-hordes of demented, gender-fluid über-phaggs, so frightened, timid, ignorant, and dependent upon others for everything? Wir sind doomed, Damen und Herren
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    06-21-2018, 09:00 AM
    Must spread Rep before giving to swordsmyth again. Amazing thread. Much informing. So wow.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    06-21-2018, 06:38 AM
    It is true that sometimes pre-emptive violence can avert greater suffering. It is also true that this is one of the favorite arguments deployed by evil men to justify their aggression.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    06-21-2018, 05:52 AM
    It goes beyond this. The machinery required to do this staggers imagination. The directive calls for comparing every snippet of data uploaded anywhere, to EVERY COPYRIGHTED WORK EVER RELEASED. Yes, our posts to ronpaulforums.com as well. The amount of data to compare one post to, is absolutely insane. This sets a cost barrier to all of our uploads, comments, and videos. Beyond this, only $$megacorp will have the resources to perform this filtering and pattern matching. Guess who owns those. Guess who will decide whether your content is allowed or not. Guess how much of a sh!t they will give if it's really copyright violation, or just against their interests to allow? The curses crowd my mouth.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    06-21-2018, 05:24 AM
    The bombing is allegedly in response to "flaming kites flown by gazans"... ... ... ...
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-20-2018, 05:52 PM
    It takes a truly twisted person to jump to kidnapping and caging children with pedophiles over a policy disagreement. Why would such a scenario even enter his head? People say some nasty stuff to their ideological enemies online, but this is among the most depraved I think I've ever seen.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-19-2018, 05:49 PM
    Yes, antifa was such a nice and peaceful group before fascist Darumph took office.
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    06-19-2018, 05:48 PM
    The Eric Clanton trial is the real one to watch. Antifa has always been protected by police indifference in California or Oregon. They hardly ever even get arrested.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    06-16-2018, 02:02 AM
    I heard that 80 percent of South African blacks are from families that moved TO South Africa, WHILE it was an Apartheid regime.... Why did a little clique of conspirators change both Canadian and US immigration laws in the 60s and 70s from ones that preserved the majority white demographic to ones that eliminate it? Why did the floodgates open to Europe with millions of africans and arabs entering illegally, with no consequences to either them or the people who organized the mass migration? Can we forever keep ignoring that there is a racist war against whites and white nations underway, and the weapons in play are the media, the schools, and the state? If you are being targeted as a race, is it 'racist' to engage in defensive measures? If you are at war and the enemy is using coercion against you, maybe you need to sieze the institutions, and use coercion in self defense.
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  • merkelstan's Avatar
    06-16-2018, 01:42 AM
    A few of them have praised the talks. Some anti-trump editor over at TruthDig managed to. But the exception proves the rule. To the left in general, words are not some tool to debate with and arrive at an understanding of truth; they are weapons to be used rhetorically to villify, slander and weaken the opponent.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 08:47 PM
    I have absolutely no sympathy for the "victim". Good riddance. The criminal element can be justly wiped out by peaceful people. Saved someone else the trouble, possibly reacting to a far worse crime.
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  • osan's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 03:10 PM
    I can but wonder what might be the payoff for you to post these nonsense articles. What's in it for you?
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 05:05 AM
    I've said this in the very thread we're posting in but, I guess you missed it; Rand could not have won the nomination. It wouldn't have mattered what he did. Rand couldn't beat Trump. Nobody did and nobody could. He could have gotten out of single digits.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 05:00 AM
    Except I was talking about the problems of Rand's campaign at the time when most others on RPF were calling me overly worried or even a saboteur. In fact, I think among the peanut gallery, whistling through the graveyard, unwilling to accept the trouble that Rand's campaign was clearly in. I never once said that Rand should act like Trump. That would have been ridiculous and struck a totally false note. The only person who benefited from acting like Trump in 2016 was Trump. I did say that Rand should make immigration as a major component of his campaign and emphasize his opposition to birthright citizenship. That would have helped and I was saying that since I joined RPF, long before Trump even announced his candidacy. Cruz appealed to Reagan "conservatives" and Rubio appealed to neocons. They knew who their audience was. Rand didn't. He had one foot in the liberty movement, the other foot in the mainstream GOP and failed to really connect to either camp. It was bad strategy. I'm sorry if that hurts you, but it's true.
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    06-14-2018, 04:32 AM
    I want to scream at these feminists. Men are not just defective women. Boys are not just defective girls. Men acting differently than women doesn't mean that something is wrong with men. Stop assuming that female behavior is the default and that any deviation from that is indicative of some sort of problem.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-14-2018, 04:28 AM
    Again, for the third time, show me a time where I praised Trump in a sycophantic or overly myopic way. Do this or I have been proven right, as all can see. Ah, "vibes". Yes, such great epistemological rigor. Tax cuts can be populist but you have to make the emotional argument, not heady economic ones.
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    06-14-2018, 04:21 AM
    I've said this previously, but it bears repeating. The problem with Rand's strategy wasn't that he failed to beat Trump. Nobody beat Trump. It was his year. Rand couldn't have done anything to gain the nomination, it was Trump's from his first speech. The problem with Rand's strategy was that not only did he fail to capitalize on the movement his father built, he failed to get out of the single digits in polling. That is, by definition, a bad strategy. Rand zigged when he should have zagged. He was terrified of being called a racist or an extremist or whatever, so he tried to court favor with the mainstream and ended up alienating everyone in the process. His ill-timed, ineffectual attack against Trump was just part in parcel with a bad strategy. He didn't read the writing on the wall. I agree with this partially, but I think that policy had a lot to do with it. If Trump had the exact same personality but talked a lot about how mass immigration and NAFTA were great things, he would have lost. Trump's persona benefited him greatly, but so did his stated goals and we're seeing the rise of similar ideas throughout the West. Which leak? I recall a leak where it was clear that Hillary's camp wanted Trump to win the nom because they thought he'd be easy to defeat-something I don't doubt the media agreed with. The media pushing Trump and making him look like a martyr when attacked is a different narrative and not something that happened last election cycle.
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  • osan's Avatar
    06-13-2018, 08:11 PM
    Today I was told that Bourdain announced he had enough on the Clintons to sock them away for the rest of their miserable lives. Anyone know whether this is true? If so, it would become very difficult to accept the suicide story. Anyone? ETA: Why would he have dirt on the Clintons? Is there something about him I don't know?
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    06-13-2018, 08:48 AM
    Ah, so you're just a moron. Understood. I won't accuse an honest idiot like you of being a liar again! You sure set me to rights. By the way, you barely seem to be able to type in English. Just thought I'd make you aware. Ah, it's an "implicit vibe". Gotcha. Such incredible deduction. Do you read tea leaves or do a voodoo dance? Again, name one post I have made that is overly laudatory or unrealistically pro-Trump. You won't. You can't. The truth is I've posted about the man far less than most, both on RPF and all other social media. After Rand dropped out, the banalities of the political system didn't interest me enough to comment. I'm interested in the metapolitical and statecraft, not gutter politics. Unsurprising.
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    They closed the thread before I was able to respond to you, so I just wanted to say, I agree with all of your concerns about Rand Paul. I still think he's better than the other options, but he isn't my ideal. I'm most likely going to vote for him, but I don't blame people who won't. And if I was still going to live in NYS in 2016 (I'm moving to Virginia for college, which as we know is a swingy state) I would be less likely to vote for him. Even still, if the LP candidate is too good to pass up (Someone more like Harry Browne than Gary Johnson... the latter of which was more of a lesser of five evils) I would consider voting for them.
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    wow these forums are being slowly populated by NeoCons.
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    hmmmm, sorry, thought I was in the PM box....
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