• r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 10:56 PM
    Thanks So, to which form of Marxoid derangement do you subscribe?
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    Today, 10:48 PM
    Certain difficulties with current independence movements notwithstanding, an ideal arrangement long-term might be for the current member states of the EU to dissolve into smaller parts. Spain to Catalonia, Andalusia, etc; Germany to Wurttemberg and Bavaria, etc (maybe even resurrect Prussia); etc. Extreme political decentralization promotes extreme economic competition to the benefit of liberty (state A can't tax the crap out of its people, because they can easily flee to state B). This is the cause of the "European Miracle," the sustained per capita GDP growth that made Europe master of the world, and much to the benefit of the world, until Europe destroyed itself. As to that destruction, extreme political fragmentation also promotes extreme military competition, which explains the difference between these two maps: That's just Germany, mind you; hundreds and hundreds of tiny states, most too small to even represent on that map There were about an order of magnitude fewer states in the world in 1914 than there were in Germany alone a few centuries earlier. This is the trouble; the extreme political decentralization which encourages liberalism destroyed itself through military competition.
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    Today, 10:20 PM
    What are the effects of Trump spending 3 years signing unconstitutional bills into law... ...and issuing unconstitutional executive orders... ...destroying-the-Constitution-wise? (as compared to the impeachment farce which everyone knows can't possibly result in Trump's removal anyway) :upsidedown:
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 10:09 PM
    Get to determine what "individual rights" means? I'll have to disagree. From a libertarian perspective, individual rights are clearly defined. If, as a result of independence, the rights of the individuals living in those areas would suffer, on balance, then independence isn't justified. Scottish independence very likely would impair the rights of Scots (Scotland is much more socialistic than the UK as a whole, bad as that is). Catalan independence is more of a gray area (at least to me, a person who doesn't read Spanish, let alone Catalan), but the success of Podemos (unusually socialistic party even by Spanish standards) in that region suggests that independence would result in a curtailment of the rights of Catalans, e.g. higher taxes and spending. Catalonia was, lest we forget, a stronghold of the left in the Spanish civil war. Ultimately, I think that hyper-federalism is a desirable system, but these particular examples of decentralizing movements aren't likely to result in improvements from a libertarian point of view.
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    Today, 09:46 PM
    Shirley... The present clown President, and the Dem hacks about to impeach him, and the GOP hacks defending him, couldn't care less about any of that. Constitution? This is pure partisan politics, no different than the normal election during which both candidates call each other lying scum and are correct. Amash dislikes Trump because he's part of the, as you would call it, Deep State. That is, he's continuing to grow the welfare-warfare state; Amash went to Washington to prevent that, so you shouldn't be surprised: as I'm not surprised that he was hounded out of politics for stating the obvious. I can only hope that more good men like Amash, however few there may be, leave that dreadful profession and apply their talents to something more productive and interesting.
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    Today, 09:39 PM
    I no longer find it possible to identify sarcasm.
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    Today, 09:34 PM
    Amash is pulling a Costanza, and I fully approve. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/justin-amash-trump-impeachment-independent-republican-910739/
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 PM
    I'm curious as to what role the underlined plays in your thinking. If A is robbing B and C, it's okay to stop A. But, if A and B are robbing C, it's not okay to do the same to A and B? I don't know why fractions matter; aggression is aggression; aggression is wrong.
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    Today, 09:03 PM
    Your detailed arguments are as convincing as ever.
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    Today, 09:03 PM
    As per his phone records, Nunes was in contact with one indicted felon and at least two unindicted felons regarding the Ukraine matters which were the subject of hearings in his committee. He presided over those hearings as ranking member without saying a word about it... I don't know what I'm supposed to think about your memes.
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    Today, 09:01 PM
    That's exactly what I'm saying. In using the word "mugging," the idea was that this was an unjust action, a robbery, not a legitimate use of force as in a debt collection. My point was that there's a world of difference between jumping into things to prevent aggression and jumping into things as an aggressor. If A is robbing B, you violate no one's rights by punching A in the face and saving B.
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  • TheCount's Avatar
    Today, 09:00 PM
    And which is unprovable because Trump made the numbers secret. You know what numbers were in 2016 and in 2019 but not in between. You are guessing what happened in between and - surprise - you're guessing the thing which validates your belief in your Orange Idol.
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    Today, 08:47 PM
    I take the position that who governs doesn't matter; all that matters is how they govern. Californians don't have a right to govern themselves; they have a right to be governed well (whether by Californians, Texans, Chinese, or Inuits). ..."governed well" meaning, in a manner consistent with individual rights.
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    Today, 08:45 PM
    The bad actors are those pushing the EU to pursue individual-rights-violating protectionist policies.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 08:39 PM
    1. Do you oppose intervention (of one state in the affairs of another) because it might not work, or regardless of whether it would work? 2. Do you see a difference between, for instance, stopping a mugging on the street and kidnapping a fatty and making him exercise?
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    Today, 08:32 PM
    At the risk of demonstrating Godwin's Law, that's like saying that the existence of Jews is to blame for the rise of national socialism. In a purely amoral, causal sense, that's partly true, but as to fault... Should we blame the existence of a market economy (or facsimile thereof) for the rise of antifa and the like?
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  • acptulsa's Avatar
    Today, 07:56 PM
    Of course there are. Are you kidding me? The military develops contingency plans by the dozens. I'm sure Iran figures in several of them. Somebody at the Pentagon was considering how to keep increasing troop strength.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 07:56 PM
    Your argument appears to revolve about the risk that the intervening party will make an error or be ill-intended. As in, "you shouldn't trust anyone with the power to intervene..." So answer me this, if you would; why would you trust anyone with the power to use force in any situation?
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  • Zippyjuan's Avatar
    Today, 07:50 PM
    But the Afghan government is being left out of the talks despite it being their country. That makes the talks kinda pointless. Over Thanksgiving Trump declared that talks had already started up again when they had not. Both sides were surprised to hear the news.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 07:45 PM
    So the first party to actually initiate hostilities is necessarily in the wrong? Why? Can you give me an example of anything a state (or PDA, if you're an ancap) might do which doesn't involve risk of error?
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    Today, 07:40 PM
    Immigration won't destroy the EU. The nationalistic reaction to it might. If this means the right to have a democratic government, with an electorate composed of one's countrymen (however exactly "countrymen" might be defined), I'd say that "right to self-determination" directly contradicts individual rights ("life, liberty, and property"). For example, if the democratic government elected by one's countrymen decides to steal one's property, the advocate of the "right to self-determination" would have to say that this policy is moral. So, for those who consider themselves champions of both individual rights and of the "right to self-determination" of collectives, a choice has to be made.
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    Today, 07:37 PM
    Taliban knows US wants to leave. They have no incentive to make any concessions.
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 07:25 PM
    Is that an important distinction? It is. The Vietnam War, as actually fought, was a total catastrophe for all concerned. But that doesn't mean that every possible intervention must be equally counterproductive. I'm simply arguing for the position that interventions should be analyzed on a case by case basis.
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    Today, 07:19 PM
    "Communist" China isn't the cause of America's economic problems. It's a vote-generating scapegoat/distraction. If the trade war ends improbably in China's total and abject surrender, America's economic trajectory will be unaffected. Reinforcements, invasion, genocide...
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  • r3volution 3.0's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 PM
    And then some other people, while acknowledging that certain regimes are evil, insist that people have a "right to be oppressed," or some such thing, and therefore reject in principle all foreign intervention to topple such regimes, even if it would, ex hypothesi, result in a dramatically improved situation.
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  • TheCount's Avatar
    Today, 06:58 PM
    Failure to disclose a conflict of interest regarding an intelligence and judicial proceeding in which he was the ranking member.
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