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    05-17-2019, 08:16 PM
    I see your bet and raise you the imminent shocking and awing of Tehran. ...destroy an ancient civilization, kill a couple million people, o well, the GOP will get reelected.
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    05-16-2019, 12:59 AM
    Right, Trump appointed Bolton to temper him... On Bolton having the job? Obviously not, since Bolton has the job.
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    05-16-2019, 12:55 AM
    The newer the union, the more fragile; the older, the more durable. Yugoslavia, for example, only existed for a couple decades before it dissolved. The USSR (most of which was previously the Russian Empire), only existed for a a short time (decades to a few centuries, depending on area) before dissolving. Contrast this with any of the constituent parts of those collapsed states. E.G. Russia proper is quite stable; it's not going to be dissolving into Muscovy, Novgorod, etc. The centralizing process in geopolitics isn't linear (more like two steps forward, one step back), but it's clearly present. A look through an historical atlas makes this plain. What does this mean? It means both that world government is likely and, eventually, would be stable (i.e. not break up in civil war, etc), and that final, stable state would then be advantageous (no inter-state war, and no civil war). Despite you looking at me like I'm a talking dog for saying I favor world government, it's perfectly natural for people who (a) hate war, and (b) have no time for nationalism, to look forward to such a development. Mises was of the same view, as have been many other liberals over the last several centuries. This is a part of the liberal tradition which has been forgotten (or intentionally buried by persons who benefit from war and nationalism), not a new one.
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    05-16-2019, 12:25 AM
    Modern states don't generally have this problem, despite having emerged from the union (usually involuntary) of many antagonistic smaller states. Time solves the problem; people stop caring about old, more local loyalties. ...are you expecting the South to rise again? I'm not.
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    05-16-2019, 12:01 AM
    Then we have nothing to argue about. If FB committed actual property rights violations, they ought to be sued. It wouldn't bother me at all if they had to pay such large civil judgements that they went bankrupt, assuming the judgements were just.
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    05-15-2019, 11:45 PM
    The modern states themselves emerged from a gaggle of smaller states, and those from a gaggle of yet smaller states, and so on. There's no reason to suppose that this process can't or won't continue.
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    05-15-2019, 11:30 PM
    War, and even the existence of the military in peacetime (given the associated tax burden), is oppressive. The basic idea behind world government is, of course, to abolish war. Surely you agree that, all else being equal, that would be preferable.
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    05-15-2019, 11:28 PM
    So, since fraud is already a crime, for which one can sue, we agree that no new regulation is necessary?
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    05-15-2019, 11:10 PM
    Tell me exactly what crime (not under current law, but under the law as it should be) you think they have committed. Fine, then organize a class action suit for breach of contract - no regulation, "trust-busting," etc required.
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    05-15-2019, 11:07 PM
    I didn't mean "larger government" in the geographical sense... The US government isn't larger (i.e. more oppressive) than the North Korean because the US occupies more square miles.
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    05-15-2019, 10:56 PM
    I could care less about the existing law. I'm interested in what is just. If you're claiming that they breached their contracts with their users, then the appropriate solution is a lawsuit, not regulation. That said, I seem to recall having this same conversation on another occasion and finding that their TOS allows them to ban/etc who they like.
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    05-15-2019, 10:47 PM
    They very obviously have nothing remotely like the (total) control of a traditional newspaper, book publisher, etc. They should be under no obligation to offer a "public square."
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    05-15-2019, 10:44 PM
    Ah, yes, opposing larger government now makes one a leftist... What are words, like, anyway...
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    05-15-2019, 10:27 PM
    Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken. ...which is to say that facebook does not exercise anywhere near the editorial control which might justify liability.
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    05-15-2019, 10:21 PM
    Yes, everyone knows that Zippy is a leftist. There's no need for you Trump people to constantly "out" him; it doesn't help distract from the fact that you too are leftists. Honk Honk!
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    05-15-2019, 10:11 PM
    Free speech doesn't mean that you have a right to wave a sign in someone else's living room (or website). This whole anti-"censorship" narrative is ridiculous and obviously self-serving for the big names promoting it. It is identical to reminds me of a leftist mob attacking a Walmart because they don't sell sufficiently "green" products.
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    05-15-2019, 09:46 PM
    Yea, from what I've seen, Stalin in modern Russia is more a symbol of nationalism than communism. Stalin himself very self-consciously promoted Russian nationalism, since enthusiasm for the workers' paradise was flagging. ...what with all the mass-murder and cannibalism. Speaking of downplaying, that is a preposterous underestimation of the number of Stalin's victims.
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    05-15-2019, 09:19 PM
    ...not in any meaningful way. If the general thrust of Trump's policies is Rand-approved, then Rand has utterly sold out, because Trump's policies are terrible. But he hasn't; he just has no meaningful influence over policy, which is totally unsurprising.
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    05-15-2019, 08:27 PM
    I see I missed this one last time.... No, and neither does Rand, if that's where you're headed. Here's a question for you; how does one get "close" to those in power? Playing golf? Card tricks? Juggling?
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    05-15-2019, 07:53 PM
    Does anybody seriously think that Trump would care about facebook's "monopoly," but for the fact that facebook supports his political opponents? (incidentally, a perfect commentary on how anti-trust laws are actually used) Similarly, would Trump care about the injustices of the FISA system, had he not been a target? ...both rhetorical questions, obviously.
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