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Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 514

So they're pikers compared to Communists and Socialists, who have worldwide under many "leaders" actively murdered millions and caused many millions more to die? Stalin alone is measured to have been responsible for 20M deaths.

Two problems with that capitalist propaganda:

1) The figures are pulled out capitalist asses

2) It blames communists for every death from famine, something capitalists never do to capitalist-created famines

Comment Re:Libertarianism In Two Sentences (Score 1) 514

Libertarianism is an important and necessary philosophical counterpoint to overwhelming collective power.

Which is laughable, when the overwhelming collective (and oppressive) power throughout human history has come from concentrated wealth and power. Libertarianism does nothing but strengthen the power of those monied interests by removing the token restraints placed on their power.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 514

You don't make any sense. You start out claiming libertarians like a powerful state, and then lay out all sorts of ways in which they don't want the state to regulate anything. What would that large state be doing?

It's hard to get a libertarian to understand something, when his ideology is dependent on his not understanding it.

Comment Re:Rose tinted glasses (Score 1) 514

A decimated, war torn country with no industry doesn't give you the second largest economy in the world.

Of course it can, when most of the industrialized to semi-industrialized world had been devastated in the same war.

This notion that US industries simply had no competition for decades is simply very wrong.

More like simply facile pedantry. Microsoft has always had competition in the consumer OS market, but that doesn't mean that Microsoft hasn't utterly dominated the industry for decades.

Comment Re:I don't care about the average (Score 1) 514

rsilvergun, you're going to hate me for this - but I read in what you write the sense of entitlement causing a generation of people to think rewards come without work.

Stay classy, Old Economy Steve.

Starting with the fact that your kid hit college unprepared - sounds like she didn't push or excel in school, so doesn't have academic or athletic scholarships. And if that's the case, perhaps you should have encouraged her to try an alternative method to adulthood; vocational training. Learning a useful skill? My wife made some poor choices when she was younger, and isn't going to college until now - in her 40s - which her employer is paying for as long as she maintains As. Your daughter could do the same?

Why should someone have to excel to make a decent living and not be crushed with five figures in student loan debt? You do know that full ride scholarships are unicorns, right? That $500 scholarship or grant she applied for and got may count as a "scholarship", but it also might only pay for 2-3 books for a single semester. You also know that a bachelors degree is the new high school diploma for employers, yes?

Here's an idea - if you want your daughter to be economically sound, enlist her in the army.

Here's a better idea: just be open about your "beliefs" and openly advocate for a caste system, but one based on how much money your parents have as opposed to ancestry. If your parent flipped burgers, you will flip burgers. Want to be a doctor? Don't even think about it, unless you join the military - who might not even send you to medical school - and be an occupying capitalist stooge in return.

Comment Bourgeois like yourself *lead* to terrors (Score 1) 514

Some quotes that sum up your inverted priorities and empathy, starting with the daily terror French peasants lived in before the revolution:

"There were two 'Reigns of Terror', if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a thousand persons, the other upon a hundred million; but our shudders are all for the "horrors of the... momentary Terror, so to speak; whereas, what is the horror of swift death by the axe compared with lifelong death from hunger, cold, insult, cruelty and heartbreak? A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief terror that we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror - that unspeakable bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves." - Mark Twain

"First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." - MLK Jr.

For the bourgeois living in their bubbles, the tragedy of the French and Russian revolutions isn't that 90% of the people were crushed for hundreds of years under the boot heel of aristocracy, it's that the rich and upper class got the shit end of the stick for once, instead of the poor. Because, as MLK laid out, your priority is order, justice can go to the back of the bus.

It's the same sense of priorities that may make you tut tut when you read about cops literally beating people to death in the street for no goddamn reason and getting away with it, but are outraged when a protestor breaks a window or makes you ten minutes late on your morning commute. One more quote to sum it up:

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK

Comment Re:If those are my options (Score 1) 514

Economist Laurence Kotlikoff estimates that when the unfunded future liabilities (minus future revenues) in SS & Medicare are accounted for, the USA national debt is close to $200 trillion.

And if you believe that 3rd rate corporatist propaganda, I've got some great oceanfront property in Kansas to sell you at a cheap rate. Just talk to my agent...he used to be a prince in Nigeria, did you know?

Comment Re:Wow I've just had a crazy Idea!! (Score 1) 89

What part of "the consumer market doesn't give a shit about battery swapability" do you not understand? The number of people who need to ever be able to swap batteries in their phones because they cannot charge at home, work or school is comparable to the number of people who need a hidden gun in every room of their house for home defense. All that wasted space can be used to make the phone smaller/cheaper/more sturdy/have a larger battery, or some combination thereof.

Comment Re:Wow I've just had a crazy Idea!! (Score 1) 89

Like....carrying around a lot of extra shit that is 1) expensive and 2) easy to lose. If you want a device with a replaceable battery - then buy what you want that does what you want. But don't pretend your religious fanaticism applies to the rest of the consumer market, who said it simply does. not. give. a. shit. about swappability. Fifteen years ago, with the iPod, long before smartphones became popular.

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