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Topic: Serious Discussion / I Have Lost My Faith In Democracy =(

Originally posted by Cammy_G:

Suggest a better system please

[didn’t read thread]

anarcho-capitalism

http://blog.mises.org/archives/009695.asp

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate Premium Games

Hey cpasley.. long time no see =)

Is there any ETA for the multiplayer API w/ microtransactions for non-sponsored games? Submitting the game isn’t out of the question too but I have a possible investor. I haven’t even been to Kong since these games were just coming out, but I will look at them soon.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Poetry

^cool Aidan

lol@poetry not being an art form OP is um wrong.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / White People: The Target of Racism

That’s not racism. It’s reverse prejudice

massive fail.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

Yes there has been a broad decline in economic output of all of the state-socialist Scandinavian countries since the 50’s. We have been over this before. Since the OP is not around I am assuming some measure of control over this thread and demand people stay on topic. If you want to get into socialist garbage respond starting with specific problems in the article I linked starting with #1 please.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

I wasn’t aware of that actually. Apparently they have the 8th highest GDP per capita in the world or something (America is at number 12 in this list), so I dunno what you want to make of that.

B aware, read thread

Things like “economic freedom” or “change” are highly subjective (see Obama)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

As well point to a hippie commune as an example for the success of Stalinist Communism.

Nope, plenty of genuine macroeconomic examples here…….. see previous links or today’s PA/HK.

Seeing as you’ve not even tried to refute what I said

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

Like say Sweden

who has experienced massive economic decline since they started hardcore state socialism?

Government interference is like putting resistors on a circuit…. it inherently makes the process inefficient.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

You know what Redem. I am about to move and don’t give a fuck if I get IP banned. You are a fucking moron and your arguments are consistently full of shit. Look back a couple pages and see real world examples of the successes of a land value tax. NYC recently added a code 5 for vacant property (success) while “corporate” land speculationists (wannabe communists hate that shit rite?) have recently had success in fighting the hugely successful LVT in Pittsburgh in recent months.

I guess I have to do baby math with you here if 1+1!=3 show why please halfwit. All you can do is crap your pants because you are so wrong and can’t even attempt a tangible argument against any specific fact from any policy paper or whatever.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / White People: The Target of Racism

Most of this I agree with. It sort of just seems like… situational. I lived in Kentucky for a while as well and most people are not overtly racist or certainly wouldn’t dare putting up segregationist signs on their business. Still, can the situation be more likely that a black is treated poorly or encounters benign racist exclusions? Yeah, more in KY than in many other places in the US.

Again the usage of the word gaikokujin or ニガー (never heard a Japanese person say this) seems so situational. It doesn’t seem inherently racist but probably both have some social dynamics to them. TBH, I wouldn’t expect a person to call me a foreigner or whitey but be more subtle.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / White People: The Target of Racism

My wife is Japanese and I have visited there for a month before, as well as talked about this issue with my wife several times. If you guys want me to ask her some specifics I will be happy to later.

I think Dalewyn is pretty on target and BSG pretty off just skimming through here… If any places there is more extreme distaste for Americans, it is probably near military bases. Yes, they were very traditionally isolationist and many still very strong nationalists. The various fads from American culture don’t necessarily override some people’s inbred distrust of foreigners, but saying that most Japanese hate Americans is an overstatement in my experience.

I had only a few marginally “racist experiences” while wandering around Tokyo alone. These were all probably from speaking broken Japanese or just seeming out of place, alone in a non-tourist heavy area. Much more, people were overly friendly and willing to talk with me as well as patient with my crappy language skills.

There are some places I know that will segregate foreigners in some instances like public baths. I don’t think people are that much more different in their behaviors than racists in America, but they can get away with racism more easily. I don’t think most people will be overtly racist toward whites even if they harbor some resentment. It seems that Japanese have more of the “whites vs negros” type racism for North Koreans and Chinese.

edit: ninja’ed

My argument isn’t that these places are completely polarizing and anti-American, but that there isn’t a lot of racism against whites in the world, and that you’d have to go to those countries to even hope to experience something comparable to a black individual in America.

OK, actually I can kind of agree with this… didn’t really read the thread sorry.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

He was addressing someone who has fundamental errors in understanding what a free market is…

Anyone can find errors or concerns with any system. Hell, I can make better arguments against myself than what I get here most of the time. It is a lot harder to offer real solutions which are consistent and based in fact and logic; rather than just complain about everything and promote one system when it is convenient then fall back into another ideology when proven wrong (even if the case is just one instance in time, not an overreaching argument)

If you guys want to retreat to the socialism argument please address specifics from this article, starting with #1 so we can stay on topic…..

http://mises.org/story/1469

Critics may argue that the government should force men to lose some ex ante or present utility in order to gain ex post utility later, by being compelled to pursue their own best interests.
But libertarians may well reply in rebuttal: (1) that a person’s resentment at coercive interference will lower his ex post utility in any event; and (2) that the condition of freedom is a vital, necessary prerequisite for a person’s “best interests” to be attained. Indeed, the only lasting way to correct a person’s errors is by persuasive reasoning; force cannot do the job. As soon as the individual can evade this force, he will return to his own preferred ways.

More directly to what you said woscafrench, there are 2 issues:

1. Is some form of libertarianism or anarcho-capitalism inherently better than other systems? (There are 85 pages of proof here already)

2. How do we achieve this state of being?

It certainly isn’t by accepting even more statist policy. If you doubt that we are headed toward a closed society watch this video.

<embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/RjALf12PAWc&hl=en&fs=1" width="425" height="344"></embed>

The US government has overstepped its bounds long ago. It isn’t until people realize that their retirement account is missing 1/3 its value that people wake up even a little and we hear more about free market economics. How long will you wait?

All of the evidence is there that our country has changed drastically in the policies we are willing to let government take on. People today think health care is a right instead of an exchange and get their political education from Hollywood produced infomercials and mainstream media pundits. Once a government program is started it is very hard to get rid of and all most politicians hope to do today is find new ways to expand the government. I don’t see how you can be missing that we are headed in the direction you describe. There is time for real change though. What many libertarians fall into is this trap.

If, then, the libertarian must advocate the immediate attainment of liberty and abolition of statism, and if gradualism in theory is contradictory to this overriding end, what further strategic stance may a libertarian take in today’s world? Must he necessarily confine himself to advocating immediate abolition? Are “transitional demands,” steps toward liberty in practice, necessarily illegitimate? No, for this would fall into the other self-defeating strategic trap of "left-wing sectarianism. For while libertarians have too often been opportunists who lose sight of or under-cut their ultimate goal, some have erred in the opposite direction: fearing and condemning any advances toward the idea as necessarily selling out the goal itself. The tragedy is that these sectarians, in condemning all advances that fall short of the goal, serve to render vain and futile the cherished goal itself. For much as all of us would be overjoyed to arrive at total liberty at a single bound, the realistic prospects for such a mighty leap are limited. If social change is not always tiny and gradual, neither does it usually occur in a single leap. In rejecting any transitional approaches to the goal, then, these sectarian libertarians make it impossible for the goal itself ever to be reached. Thus, the sectarians can eventually be as fully “liquidationist” of the pure goal as the opportunists themselves.

from: http://mises.org/rothbard/newlibertywhole.asp#

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

If you can’t talk specifics, why post? They cited references Redem, so can you please stop trolling this thread?

Here are some more specific policy papers. http://www.urbantools.net/policy-papers

Cite which one you are referencing and quote some small part of it and give an intelligent response for once okay?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / White People: The Target of Racism

http://www.sodahead.com/question/140789/blacks-cannot-be-racists-only-whites-can-be-racists-do-you-agree-or-disagree-with-this-statement/?link=GCPA_OMRacist_q140789_lb1&amp;gclid=COnEqI6Q0pYCFQw9GgodeXCV2w


^I hadn’t seen the real link to where the ad points yet

Real results 66% think the statement is wrong, so 1/3 of people are complete morons, seems pretty accurate =)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Blacks cannot be racist?

The school of thought you are referring to is that of collectivists I guess, Carados. By that line of thinking all white people are racists?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Blacks cannot be racist?

You should click the ad and link where it goes, because I don’t see it. I don’t know where they pulled those numbers from.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

You are the most useless poster ever. It isn’t made up numbers and I have gone through rough estimates for national taxation in this thread already too. As the last paragraph says, it is based on assumptions but errs on the side of caution. It is impossible to exactly determine when government will allow tax reform, how the market will react, or how much bigger government bureaucracy has grown by that time.

I think that you just didn’t understand the article and therefore can’t make any concrete argument.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

These responses were just so stupid that I took a break. If anyone wants to name one very specific topic and we can stay on it, cool.

Here is another example of how any why a land value tax works. http://www.henrygeorge.org/cgnyc/1ave.htm

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Rethinking Government

election time!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

That is a fucking stupid pipe dream you have there.

GTFO of this thread with the socialist BS please. Make a thread to describe in detail why Obama is a “right-winger” or maybe how you will change America to an anarcho-communist nation. Rothbard shoots down everything you believe in and the only argument you give is that you refuse to quote that article or talk about specifics because I haven’t written an essay on Das Kapital yet.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

Why? Because he is strangely absent and some European socialists who exhibit his same flaws are breaking 100 posts and seem an awful lot like him.

Taxing the rich for socialized medicine isn’t “socialist in nature”? Obama is a right-winger?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

I think a mod should IP check Hobolad and Enigmocracy against Redem…

How’s that Orwell essay coming along?

Before you dictated that I have to write you an essay on something by Orwell and Das Kapital, I quoted something ridiculous from Orwell, so I know better than to take that garbage seriously. Feel free to quote whatever you like that is going to change my mind that communism is good in today’s reality.

You guys like to argue from multiple viewpoints, whichever is convenient at the time for you. Refer to #10 about the “middle of the road statist”.

And Barack Obama’s still technically a Right-winger- not as much as most, but still, he’s most definately no Socialist.

This is ridiculous. He wants to increase taxes on corporations and the wealthy and “spread the wealth around” with all types of programs for the poor and have socialized medicine.

Is he a real socialist? No.

Is a lot of what he proposes socialist in nature? Yes.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Palin as President

Stray towards the possibility that both choices are horrible please.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Can Someone Please Explain American Politics?

They are ridiculous. Both pretty much work hand in hand and never go through with the things that they claim to support which distinguishes the two. It is all about star appeal and spin.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Don't Tread On Me: A Libertarian Thread

Iraqis were protesting the US in Baghdad recently and the government seems to want to reject a new plan to allow troops to stay 3 more years. Of course, Bush is fighting to stay. I thought I heard something about an agreement a couple months ago that the US would have to leave within 2 years. Obama had a 16 month timetable and was planning to move another brigade (about 6-7,000 troops) to Afghanistan.

I definitely don’t trust Obama with civil liberties after promising to filibuster FISA then voting for it. As for how socialist we become, that is to be determined. One major thing is whether he will live up to the promise of PAYGO, basically mandating a balanced budget. There is plenty of money flowing through Washington that could be spent in better ways, so he will probably achieve some things that are “good”. The Fed will keep the counterfeiting racket running full speed ahead and he should have no trouble getting socialized medicine through a Democratic Congress. Increasing corporate taxes and those on the wealthy to give everyone $600 checks will get him voted in 2012, but there are a lot of things that can happen that will be disastrous for him too.

edit: BTW, I am going to wait to get back to the gold standard for a little while because the discussion at another place is amazing, but it is such a difficult subject.

I know the anti-capitalists don’t seem to like to read links but this has way better explanations about what is wrong with all your silly arguments, way better than I could explain it.

http://mises.org/story/1469