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    Today, 03:00 PM
    It's really not that complicated though. Organizations of large enough size often face a "build vs buy" decision. Is it cheaper to build it, or buy it? In the examples provided, it would cost America $20 (in labor) to build the lawn chair, and it would cost $60 to buy it. Should be an easy decision.
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    Today, 02:43 PM
    There's two separate components in your argument, "materials", and "time". For "materials", you have built into the assumption that James has $40 of materials lying around. I could address your points by basically re-posting all of my scenarios with that assumption built into it and show that it doesn't affect the outcome. But it's a lot easier to address your point on this by assuming that James does not have materials laying around. Can we just agree to assume that James does not have materials laying around, and that he purchases the materials immediately prior to assembly of the product? If that's not satisfactory for whatever reason I'd be happy to provide the scenarios with your assumption included into the scenarios... but ugh... it's tedious. As for "time", you are somewhat right. One "benefit" of purchasing from China is that you are saving your labor so it can be used on something else. I say "benefit" because it depends on whether or not you want a job. If the goal is higher industry, then it's not really a benefit. You can say the labor will still be used, but "on something else". That "on something else" however is an abstract concept whereas the labor for the lawn chair is a very concrete opportunity. Considering that the labor is valued at $20/hour and you'll get paid that in either scenario, a concrete opportunity is better than an abstract one down the line. If however you choose to indeed save your time for "something else", you're still losing $60. Is it worth saving $20 worth of of time, just to lose $60 anyway? If the item was made in America, you're "losing" $20 worth of time but you keep your $60. (again, "losing" is in quotes as it may be a good thing if you want the increased industry)
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    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    I didn't "forget" the materials. Materials don't just generate out of thin air. They are produced or purchased and that requires effort or spending. That effort and spending (or lack thereof) is accounted for in my examples. If you want to build into the assumptions that James has $40 of free materials lying around it doesn't change the math. Ok. So you saved $10 that will be spent on something else (for your benefit we can assume its spent in America and not again on foreign trade). As a group, the nation still exported $60 dollars to a foreign economy that you're not accounting for.
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    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    Fair point. I didn't take that into consideration
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    Yesterday, 06:34 PM
    Fair enough :up:
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    Yesterday, 06:04 PM
    This is flawed logic and I can demonstrate so. Imagine that: James Dean has a lawn chair factory and he sells lawn chairs at $40 material cost, $20 labor, $10 dollars profit for $70 each Li Zhao has a lawn chair factory and he sells lawn chairs at $40 material cost, $10 labor, $10 dollars profit for $60 each If I buy a lawn chair from Li Zhao the net result is: 1) Me and James (collectively) gain 1 lawn chair and we lose $60 2) Li Zhao gains $10 3) $50 goes to third parties for material and labor -- in China
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    Yesterday, 07:27 AM
    Well, what else would one expect? After all, Swordy is a “draconian top-down” kind of guy.
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    Yesterday, 04:21 AM
    Yes, people CAN watch it for themselves. Ironically enough, and unfortunately so wrt your claims, Ron is making the same exact point in this video that I tried to make in that last thread on this topic, namely that the higher prices invariably caused by protectionist tariffs, ON TOP OF the increased prices caused by monetary inflation are really putting the squeeze on American consumers. You tried to disingenuously claim that I said that tariffs caused inflation in that one. At least you’re a consistent liar.
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    Yesterday, 01:57 AM
    You’re lying again. As I noted above, Ron SPECIFICALLY STATED that tariffs DO NOT cause inflation. The “adds fuel” comment was explained to mean that the higher prices caused by tariffs all by themselves add to the consumers burden when added to the higher prices caused by inflation. NOWHERE did Ron even I’m-ly that tariffs in any way cause inflation. As for the rest, your claims have been dealt with by myself and several others multiple times. Fletcher got it all wrong and his book is fit for composting and that’s about it.
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    Yesterday, 01:38 AM
    The bold above is a lie. Ron nowhere said that tariffs cause inflation. In fact he repeated several times that tariffs DO NOT cause inflation but do cause higher prices. He then several times noted that the higher prices caused by tariffs combined with those caused by inflation were really hurting American consumers. The rest of your comments are just more of the same anti-freedom garbage you always post on this topic that I don’t have the time right now to deal with. Nor the inclination, for that matter since truth on this topic falls upon deaf ears where you and a few others are concerned. I’ve wasted enough of my life trying to convince obdurately resistant people that freedom is better than their familiar, and therefor comfortable, slavery. Enjoy your chains.
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    05-21-2024, 10:47 PM
    The timestamp and context of what exactly? I'm at a loss as to what you're looking for here.
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    05-21-2024, 07:08 PM
    As usual we are reminded that it’s best to leave state matters to the state.
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    05-20-2024, 01:36 PM
    And people sometimes wonder why I have no hope for mankind.
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    05-19-2024, 10:25 AM
    Well, it's not homophobia, cus that would be exclusionary of the many other letters in the LGBTBBQ acronym. qu***ophobia? Same issue. LGBTQIAA2Sophobia? Doesn't quite roll off the tongue. The only thing that seems to quite match is weirdophobia
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    05-19-2024, 12:55 AM
    Everything has practical limits; otherwise such a thing would be impractical. That's ok. You still are in my book :)
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    05-18-2024, 11:51 PM
    I would choose whichever was best for me at the time. If option 2 had a wonderful economy and a culture that I liked, I would probably choose that over a "less authoritarian" option that had an economy/culture I didn't like. That's what freedom really means, is to be able to choose your own path -- even if it is "authoritarian". I would never dare to question "true anarchy" :cool:
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    05-18-2024, 11:21 PM
    The more important point was the statement immediately prior to the section you bolded; specifically, that he supports the ideals necessary for anarchism to exist.
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    05-18-2024, 11:16 PM
    Having the ability to secede is both necessary and sufficient to being sovereign. Thus, anyone who supports the right to secede, also supports the ideals necessary for anarchism to exist. That to me, is sufficient criteria to label someone as an "anarchist", regardless of whatever other labels they may choose to identify as.
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    05-18-2024, 11:07 PM
    That would be racist. Or qu**rist. Or whatever the ist is for LGTBQ hate.
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    05-18-2024, 10:45 PM
    As far as sovereignty is concerned (being "without ruler"), it's the only thing that matters. If you cannot secede, then you are not sovereign, and you are not "without ruler". So if you want to live in a world where people can choose to live without rulers, secession is absolutely core to that ideal.
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    05-18-2024, 10:27 PM
    Wait. You mean my recently acquired PhD in Underwater Basket Weaving won’t give me a free ride into a nice cushy mid-six figure job? What a rip off!
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    05-18-2024, 09:36 PM
    The majority will always just go along with it. Fortunately, the majority is never responsible for positive change. The majority simply don’t matter. All that is needed are a truly dedicated minority willing to stand firm no matter what.
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    05-18-2024, 08:35 PM
    TheTexan replied to a thread MTG vs. AOC in U.S. Political News
    +rep He's got you there AF :cool: Perhaps more importantly, he's also signalling his consent. Voter turnout is a standard metric used to determine the "legitimacy" of various regimes.
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    05-18-2024, 08:31 PM
    He supports (in my subjective opinion) secession. In my book, that's all that is required to be an anarchist. Don't like his authoritarian positions? He's not requiring you to participate in them.
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    05-18-2024, 06:36 PM
    “Laws” don’t mean a damn thing if enoughpeople refuse to comply.
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    05-18-2024, 06:26 PM
    Well, I WAS being sarcastic. Typically anarchists don’t advocate for authoritarian “solutions” at virtually every turn.
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    05-18-2024, 05:06 PM
    Without sarcasm, I've considered SS to be an anarchist for years now.
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    05-18-2024, 05:04 PM
    Holy shit! You’re an anarchist!
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