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    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    Elizabeth Warren: 1. Checked the Native box when at Harvard 2. Was referred to as the "first woman of color" in her department while at Harvard 3. Contributed to an Amerindian cookbook called -- I shit you not -- Pow Wow Chow where she referred to herself as Cherokee 4. Claimed her parents had to elope because her father's family didn't want him to marry Cherokee/Delaware woman This spin is a bullshit narrative attempting to retcon what is clearly decades of a woman masquerading as something she was not. I don't doubt she would call herself white when it benefitted her, then flit back to being Cherokee or Delaware or whatever.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    Steven Pinker debunked the Freakonomics theory some years ago.
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    10-17-2018, 10:52 PM
    Here's a more robust analysis of the same data: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2012/12/listening_to_the_latest_media.html There's more at work than just gun control, such as the cultural shifts that started in the mid-late 1960s and the psychological effects of returning World War I vets.. The lower homicide rate in the 1950s is significant because: 1. We have better medical technology today, thereby turning incidents that would have been homicides in the past into assaults today. 2. We have far more people in prison now than in the 1950s as a percentage of the population. 3: We have a far bigger federal police force than in the 1950s as well as many, many more laws. 4. Urbanization has increased since the 50s, which is a good predictor of crime.
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    10-17-2018, 10:32 PM
    That's great. Now let's compare it with the 1950s. Or even the late 19th Century:
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    10-17-2018, 07:35 AM
    I mean, it depends on what he replaced it with. But right now, he's begging the Fed to literally print more money to lower interest rates for him. I don't know who can honestly defend that.
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    10-16-2018, 08:19 PM
    She's finished and totally by her own hand. If she runs, she'll get marginal support, but I wouldn't be surprised if she doesn't run at all after this.
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    10-16-2018, 01:15 PM
    Those competing forces drive up wages too. If a laborer is more productive than subsistence wages, then he will be bid away from the employer paying only that much, because they can give the worker a raise and still make a profit off of them. The process repeats itself until the worker's wage is at or near his productivity. Even in your unrealistic scenario, with such a surplus of labor, wages are going to be so cheap that it will create opportunities for companies to arise and hire these people, which starts the competitive process of increasing wages again. All of this assumes private property rights and the lack of state interference, of course.
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    10-16-2018, 01:07 PM
    Because your premise is wrong. The length of working days in the U.S. fell long before any laws were passed about it. The length of the work day decreases when society becomes wealthier. How does it become wealthier? By companies producing products demanded by the market. The greater the number of products, the cheaper they are to buy, and the wealthier everyone is. So the poor countries that have long work days do so because they are not wealthy enough to be able to afford to stay home 16 hours a day. It's the same argument as child labor. Child labor in the U.S. was almost completely gone decades before the government did anything about it. Before then, society wasn't wealthy enough that they could afford the kids not to work. Once it became wealthy enough, the kids didn't work anymore. With no regulation on working hours, they would still fall as steadily as the wealth of society would allow.
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    10-16-2018, 01:01 PM
    An Austrian economist would never say there is an ideal work day. Real economics doesn't prescribe solutions. It merely describes what the processes that occur in the real world are and how they happen. People will work as long as they need to in order to achieve their desired ends. Employers pay workers according to their productivity. Investment in capital goods creates tools and machines that make workers more productive, thereby increasing their real wages. Any government activity that diverts investment or regulates this process only impoverishes workers. Any monetary inflation that drives up the cost of inputs does so at the expense of workers. Any monetary inflation that drives up the cost of consumer goods does at the expense of consumers, which are mostly workers.
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    10-15-2018, 12:13 PM
    1051875050230599686 Holy shit :tears: I'm sorry, but this piddling 1/1024 Native ancestry does not wash at all, compared to the kind of BS she's been spouting for decades. "Part Cherokee and part Delaware" my ass.
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    10-15-2018, 12:08 PM
    This seems foolhardy. They're guaranteeing that thousands of people won't discover their Indian heritage. Maybe that's the point.
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    10-15-2018, 11:44 AM
    This is why the GOP is better than the Democrats. If they are allowed to stack the court, the second amendment goes bye-bye, followed by the first. Get ready for a SCOTUS decision that separates hate speech from free speech in the next few decades, unless the court is heavily conservative.
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    10-15-2018, 11:38 AM
    The test showed her to be maybe 0.1 percent red man! ...Or Mexican. Which is pretty much the same thing, right? She sure owned the Blumpf on this one!
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  • ThePaleoLibertarian's Avatar
    10-15-2018, 06:27 AM
    She was referring to the women who accused Trump of sexual impropriety during the 2016 election. All of whom mysteriously shut up and disappeared after his victory :confused:
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    10-15-2018, 06:03 AM
    Forget Lewinsky, let's talk about Juanita. But funnily enough, I do actually agree with her; the idea that there can be no consensual sexual relationship between a head of state and an intern is silly. It may very well be sleazy and it certainly is inappropriate, but consent is certainly not impossible under such circumstances.
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    10-15-2018, 05:46 AM
    I did not write that. That was r3v. You either confused us or believe I'm his alt, which is not true. We know this because we can look at history. Which, again, is replete with mobs committing acts of violence against groups of people they consider to have done some sort of wrong. This mob inclination is eternal within humanity and institutions do not change human nature. It is reasonable to infer from what you have written thus far that you are a pragmatist, willing to turn his back on valid base principles for the sake of what you feel is the "greater good". Pragmatism is the wrong word. I just realize that when it comes to statecraft that all you have are tradeoffs. Perfection is not for this world.
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    10-14-2018, 05:34 PM
    WTF does that even mean?
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    10-14-2018, 04:00 AM
    No, I said that you need to have a society that cares about innocence in order to properly police and punish the guilty This is exceptionally short-sighted. Of course, individuals and communities should be allowed to deal with criminals when they so choose, but that can't be the totality of the criminal justice system. History is replete with riots, pogroms, lynchings, and other mob violence when the masses decide to right some perceived wrong. You can't put the task of punishing the guilty in the hands of random people who can be whipped into a frenzy. We've seen where that leads. Giving the ability to punish crime to a mob wouldn't keep people from being falsely punished. On the contrary, a mob has no standard of evidence, asks for no warrants and usually has little to no concern for guilt. Your "cure" worsens the disease. You seem to have a Rousseauian conception of freedom, where man is born free, but has it stripped from him by society everywhere he goes. I have the opposite conception. Liberty is a concept that evolved slowly in a specific context over millennia. It needs to be engineered and applied carefully. It has many prerequisites. One of those prerequisites is stability. A free society needs to pass the Civilization test, name, if you can walk around without being accosted by violent thugs. Order and liberty -- properly understood -- are sister virtues, not enemies.
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    10-12-2018, 10:58 PM
    NPCs are very real, or at least the meme gets at a very important truth. There are millions of people who have no real, rich, internal monologue. Whose taste in music is decided by the top 40, who see every Marvel film on opening weekend, who believe all the safe political opinions pre-packaged by Hollywood and the MSM and who take copious amounts of selfies. "NPC" is pretty nice compared to what they really are.
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    10-12-2018, 10:51 PM
    Singapore does a great many things I, personally, would disagree with. But they also went from 3rd to 1st world within two generations and have the second freest market on Earth. Lee Kuan Yew was the greatest statesman of the latter 20th Century, and it isn't close. Also despite being pretty much entirely urbanized, it almost totally lacks the kind of problems that are endemic in big cities in the US. I'm not saying we should adopt Singaporean drug policies, I'm saying that cities can be built better.
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    10-12-2018, 04:21 PM
    Time to bring back the Inquisition and purge the heretics.
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    10-12-2018, 04:10 PM
    The main culprit is modern American urbanization. Urban areas digest most communities, set people against each other and create all sorts of pathologies. Then, increasing police presence is demanded by the law-abiding members of the public to fight the horrible behavior engineered by the cities. We need to rethink just what it is a modern city can look like in the West. Singapore would be a good place to look to for inspiration.
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    10-12-2018, 03:48 PM
    These are not in conflict, but necessary for one another to really exist. If you have a society that cares nothing for the innocence of the accused, you're going to have a lot of guilty people going free while the wrong people rot in prison. You need to protect the innocent to go after the guilty. You also need to go after the guilty to protect the innocent. Allowing criminal degenerates roam free is hardly going to help the people whose communities they defile.
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    10-12-2018, 12:21 PM
    In a sane society, there would be very few people in prisons. People on drugs or addicted to prostitutes or gambling would be helped by churches and other institutions. Murderers, rapists and pedophiles would be executed in a timely fashion instead of twenty years after being convicted.
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    10-08-2018, 10:53 PM
    As far as I understand it, all he really said was that police should be authorized to fire when being attacked. "killing criminals" was an extrapolation. From who? And compared to what? Brazil is an overregulated mess whose socialist chickens have come home to roost. I have no doubt that you could find examples of Bolsonaro supporting unlibertarian policies, but he's relatively very capitalist. This guy has a Brazilian Pinochet written all over him and I mean that in the best possible way.
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    10-08-2018, 07:53 PM
    Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro has forced a runoff election later this month and may very well be the next Brazilian president. Check out this mainstream take: https://www.economist.com/leaders/2018/09/20/jair-bolsonaro-latin-americas-latest-menace It's supposed to be a takedown, but all it really does is make him sound like an excellent leader. A few choice excerpts:
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    10-08-2018, 06:40 PM
    Anarcho-tyranny. If it was up to me, I would send squads of armed men down there to deal with them as viciously as they see fit.
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