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    Today, 03:56 AM
    Not sure how this is relevant. One anecdote about destroyed records...plus, this happened well AFTER the civil war. How did the North steal the South's land/production, as claimed, prior to the war?
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    Today, 03:53 AM
    But those results are just lies. DiLorenzo, Woods et. al just made up numbers. Most tariffs were NOT collected at Southern Ports, but at northern ones: http://deadconfederates.com/2013/02/24/walter-e-williams-polishes-the-turd-on-tariffs/
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    Yesterday, 06:06 PM
    Then why did so many declarations of secessions specifically mention that slavery was the cause of secession? Why did so many newspaper articles of the time specifically mention slavery as the reason for the war? Why did so many specifically mention that tariffs were not a reason for the secession? How did the North steal the South's wealth/production? The vast majority of taxes were collected at Northern ports...the South didn't really have an import economy.
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    04-24-2017, 07:45 PM
    The legal argument against the death penalty, even at the state level, is that it violates the eighth amendment, and by incorporation via the 14th amendment, the states are not allowed to carry out cruel and unusual punishment.
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    04-23-2017, 07:01 PM
    That is only the case if you define "free market" guy as someone close to Ron Paul. On a relative basis, Bill O'Reilly is very pro-free market, wanting low taxes, free trade (although he has gone back and forth on it), etc. He's vituperative on regulation and government involvement and is critical of the judicial system (go figure). He can be populist on certain issues like immigration (where the free market position is pro-immigration) and he's had an anti-oil slant ever since BP tried to weasel out of paying for the BP spill (and IMO, O'Reilly sensed the populist anger towards BP and tapped into it). True, he can be critical of Wall Street, but so is Ron Paul (ie, "they deserve taxation"), to the point where both smear Wall Street unfairly (while wanting to hold them accountable when they defraud people). Plus, economics is only part of the picture. On foreign policy and cultural issues, you may deem him as "not right-wing", but his positions have traditionally been associated with the right-wing, and a strong part of people who consider themselves right-wing hold those positions.
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    04-20-2017, 03:10 PM
    Peanuts are still there. Beer and bourbon are available for purchase. I'm not sure how being allowed to have a gun or smoke is "customer service". I'd argue that for the vast majority of passengers, you not being able to smoke is customer service; same with you not being allowed to have a gun.
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    04-20-2017, 01:11 PM
    He's centrist on everything only if you have a very strange view of the center. He's staunchly pro-life, anti-gay-marriage, anti-drugs, strongly religious, etc. (basically a complete social conservative). On foreign policy, he's incredibly pro-war, pro-security-state, pro defense-state, incredibly weak on civil liberties, very pro-cop. On the economy, he’s for low taxes, low regulation, strongly against Obamacare….The one position where he is a leftist is on global warming, even though he is fairly quiet on it. Now, of course, you can argue that all those positions aren’t conservative ones, they are centrist or liberal in nature…that’s the no true conservative fallacy. Maybe you think that real conservatives want to euthanize all gays because they are against God, or that real conservatives are incredibly pro-gay marriage because they are for personal liberty. Or you think real conservatives want no taxes at all instead of low taxes. That is the strange thing in that conservative/liberal/centrist mean different things to different people. I mean sure, Ron Paul is conservative against military overreach and a large security state. But you know that that is the minority (a growing one) in the conservative movement; many of them call him a libertarian. Bill O’Reilly’s positions on those various issues are seen as conservative by a strong majority (if not the vast majority) of the population. His positions align with those who politically run as conservatives (in the Republican party). To say he is not a conservative and is centrist on just about anything would mean that, what, 5% of the population is conservative?
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    04-20-2017, 12:59 PM
    Is that quantifiable?
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    04-20-2017, 12:05 AM
    In fact, Ron Paul supports taxes as a local and state level (he's advocated for government at those levels)...he just hates federal taxes. When I mentioned to him how state taxes where much higher pre-1913, he said he wouldn't have a problem with that and even agreed that some states with low taxes and low governance would suffer for it. Basically, your argument is, what is so wrong with society as a whole willing to give up some kind efficiency or productivity for other things? I agree that the vast majority of studies conclude that free trade is a win-win-win (we win, our trade partners win, the whole world wins). But those studies look at what has historically happened; jobs that fled overseas were replaced by domestic jobs in new industries. In a paradigm where the later does not happen...the studies would have to evolve.
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    04-19-2017, 11:58 PM
    You know you have to look at those numbers in context? Not only the increased times, dates, routes, etc. but the fact that wages have nearly tripled since 1977, personal income and disposable income are up nearly 10x, inflation has more than doubled, etc.
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    04-19-2017, 11:54 PM
    Makes sense. He can distance himself from the Trump disaster, make $$$ as a lobbyist (more since he can convince people he's going to be in government again in 2020), and can then be governor again (rinse and repeat).
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    04-19-2017, 11:50 PM
    The fact is that many, many, many people who identify as conservative see O'Reilly as conservative. Many of his positions are held by other conservatives. Does anyone really own a definition? What positions of his do you think are not "conservative"?
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    04-19-2017, 05:04 PM
    Ah yes, the no-true-conservative fallacy...
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    04-19-2017, 12:16 AM
    Really? Monopolies that cause airlines to hemorrhage money year after year? Profit margins are so thin for airlines. Costs are going way down, employee benefits are generally going up, and return on capital is constantly shrinking...that is the opposite of a monopolized industry.
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    04-18-2017, 04:55 PM
    This article is basically calling for more regulation. I think that is a bad idea. To be fair, I think the idea that the airlines involuntary bumping someone is a violation of property rights is an interesting one...you bought the ticket; whether you fly it or not, isn't it yours? I'm also dubious off all the double-speak and false-advertising airlines companies engage in. But I generally am against regulating the industry.
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    04-18-2017, 04:51 PM
    "Keynesian" economics, as in traditional "demand is everything" economics isn't really taught anymore; it is no longer part of the mainstream. What people call "Keynesian" economics today is really "neo-Keynesian" economics, which is a mix of traditional Keynes, behavioral economics, old-school-Friedman-style monetarist economics, a smattering of Adam Smith-like classical economics, and a mix of some various odds and ends. In general, neo-Keynesian economics is centrist, generally favoring less government regulation in the economy (plus low taxes, less spending, less regulation). However, they are incredibly supportive of central banks and believe that central banks can add fuel to booms and mitigate busts. Basically, when things are going well, thank the central banks, and when things aren’t going well, it is because the central bank didn’t make the right decisions. They do support fiscal stimulus (higher spending and lower taxes) in a temporary fashion and/or when central banks fail to act. Unfortunately, this distinction is lost on conservative blowhards who go mental at the word “Keynesian”.
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    04-11-2017, 12:21 AM
    Or when the government starts punishing companies and product with negative externalities.
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    04-08-2017, 10:41 PM
    That doesn't matter...
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    04-07-2017, 07:53 PM
    Very much dislike the Republicans using the nuclear option on this. 200 years of history down the tube...
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    04-03-2017, 08:05 PM
    Frankly, I think that showing videos of Ron Paul is going to convert a lot of liberals to liberty-based ideas. Ron is a great messenger. People like Ben Shapiro are also very good. Ben Shapiro is a neocon, but he doesn't pander; he believes what he believes and isn't trying to get clicks. Dave Rubin comes off as so pandering and money-grubbing that I don't think he convinces people...plus, he never really does convince people. He lets his guest do the talking, with very little fact-checking or debating. On Rubin "changing", he himself has said he's pretty much the same as he always was, maybe 15% more to the right on economic issues.
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    04-03-2017, 01:12 PM
    "Classical Liberals"...has such a broad definition, doesn't it? I've heard it mean "basically libertarian" to basically "pure centerist", equally balanced between authoritarianism/anarchy and marxism/capitalism. Sam Harris, Greenwald, and Maher really have very different beliefs, from each other and from Dave Rubin. They might all like each other (Greenwald hates them all), but Sam and Greenwald have strong socialist tendencies. Frankly, Rubin probably does as well, but doesn't really talk about them since he doesn't want to alienate his fanbase.
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    04-03-2017, 03:03 AM
    Dave Rubin is disgustingly pro-Isreal and for all his talk of being open and willing to discuss other views, will throw a conniption if you show anti-Israeli sentiments. He's an intellectual lightweight, and, IMO, likely doing what he does because he sees it as a way to capture Patreon money.
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