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1  General Politics / Economics / Re: Opinion of this image on: Today at 11:37:06 am
I can't help but think that that image would spark some Foucault essay, if he were still around.
2  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: New Left Watch on: Today at 11:32:32 am
Crossover post from AAD

As this is a bashing thread I present Tariq Ali on Greece: www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n15/tariq-ali/diary

There's a lot to say here, but the main question is one: Why does Tariq Ali still have a job as commentator? He's basically been wrong about everything and has little intellectual curiosity beyond that which confirms his own viewpoint, so why do people keep giving him a platform? It's like in journalism or punditry there is no punishment for just being wrong.
3  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Ireland General Discussion on: Today at 07:09:49 am
4  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jimmy Hoffa on: July 30, 2015, 07:42:02 pm
The American socialist movement must really be in a sad shape if they have to include Jimmy Hoffa among their heroes... Roll Eyes

American socialist movement.... quite the optimist, aren't we, Antonio?
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Canadian federal election - 2015 on: July 30, 2015, 06:21:37 pm
Gotta to love the fact that is the second Canadian scandal in recent times which involves a video which almost nobody has seen and is not available to the public. Was Baird in one of his drunken stupors, I wonder?
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / New Left Watch on: July 27, 2015, 07:59:38 pm
Crossover post from AAD

This thread is dedicated to the absurd folly of the New Left and their modern followers. The more I think of it, I consider their influence on politics to be entirely negative or almost entirely so. The cult of sincerity, of 'THE NEED FOR PRINCIPLES', and of course the fetishization of revolution all date in their contemporary forms from the 60s and 70s (of course all these things in general have long origins in politics, perhaps dating from Romanticism which the New Left and counterculture clearly borrowed so much from, but the particular iterations you see now have roots in that period. Exhibit A: Occupy Wall Street. Exhibit B: Bernie Sanders for President! (Sanders, of course, being an ex-hippie)). This is, to my technocratic soul, a bad thing. So I've created a watch thread to ridicule it.

To start off, and going back to the 70s, here's an article on the Black Panthers: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/07/25/whitewashing-the-black-panthers.html. I recommend you read the whole thing, but here's just one quote and not the worst of it

What few histories of the BPP dwell upon—and, of course, Vanguard of the Revolution doesn’t address—is not only the party’s rampant sexism but its deeply conservative gender politics. The Panther newspaper opposed the liberalization of abortion laws because it would be “a victory for the oppressive ruling class who will use [abortion] to kill off Black and other oppressed people before they are born.” The birth control pill was deemed “another type of genocide that the power structure has poured into the Black community.”


But apparently neither Joseph nor Nelson remember that one Black Panther Party founder (Bobby Seale) penned a memoir featuring a multi-page boast of bedding five supplicant Panther women in one night. Or that another BPP big shot (Eldridge Cleaver) was a confessed rapist who described his violent sexual assaults as “insurrectionary acts.” Or that the party’s other founder and intellectual heavyweight (Huey Newton) frequently physically abused women and in 1974 was charged with murdering a teenage prostitute who had “disrespected” him.

Also many of those involved are now, how predictably, university professors or involved in academia in some way. A good argument for firebombing academia tbh.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek legislative election - November 8, 2015 on: July 26, 2015, 05:45:15 pm
8  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: uber vs taxis on: July 24, 2015, 06:44:39 pm
What annoys me about Uber is how they dress up their use of legal loopholes as a part of a new grand ideology of Silicon Valley - 'the Sharing Economy'.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish general election on: July 24, 2015, 12:07:54 pm
Is there any particular reason as to why Fianna Fáil are polling a little bit better (and ahead of Sinn Fein) than they were a few months ago?

I think Sinn Feinn lost a little bit of its support after the furor over the water charges died down. They were riding high before then. Some of their support probably shifted back to FF, who was only half heartedly opposing the water charges.

Actually both Sinn Fein's and Fianna Fail's support is fairly stable and most of the movement within the margin of error. Ditto with Labour. It is Fine Gael and the Others who are seeing the most movement.
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish elections and politics on: July 24, 2015, 07:00:06 am
Wait, are Convergence and Union still running in the general?

Why wouldn't they? SNP runs for the Commons.

In Catalonia, CiU have split into their component parts over the issue of Catalan Independence. The 'C' part is running on the joint nationalist issue in the election this September while the 'U' part is running on its own.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Lewis Trondheim/minionofmidas on: July 22, 2015, 08:30:24 pm
My opinion of him has considerably lowered as of late.

I still like him though.
12  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Irish general election on: July 22, 2015, 06:49:55 pm
the new Social Democrats, a centre-left split of dissident Ex-labour TD's.

Does this 3 (wo)man band have any potential?

EDIT: I can see they advocate "the Nordic model". Is that sellable in Ireland? (

The Nordic Model has long been held up as something to aspire to in the more liberal parts of the Irish media and establishment (The Irish Times and elements of the Labour Party in particular). However the Nordic Model requires not just nationalized service free at use but also higher taxes and in particular here, indirect taxes and if there is one thing we have learnt in the last year is that Irish working class really don't like indirect taxes. Water charges in particular have become the issue in the Irish political landscape at the moment and the whole left - including the Soc Dems - wants to abolish them. It would be difficult to see how they could square both ambitions and how they would approach it. In short I expect them to run more on a platform of being the respectable left (i.e. not the shinners or the hard left) with some nods towards political reform.

On that note, I will also that one of the major blocking points towards any Nordic model would be the intense localism of Irish politics and the patronage system which the electoral system and the attitude of the electorate encourage. Welfare spending would have to be more rationalized. Nods in that direction are quite common these days but nobody really knows what to do about it, but expect the Soc Dems to run on this and transparency issues. As for their prospects, I would wait until they get to run along with the triumvirate but, while I would expect two of their three incumbents to hold on easily (Murphy and Donnelly... Shortall has a struggle probably), I wouldn't be that optimistic.

Oh I know the greens haven't polled well at all, I meant the minor parties as a collective. (I think the Greens could grab a seat or two - Ryan almost got into the European Parliament last year)

Ryan is running in Dublin Bay South (i.e. Dublin South East) and he has a good chance, I think, but it will be a squeeze with FG and Renua seemingly certain to make it leaving two others, one of which I would still back Labour to hold (if Labour don't hold a seat here they might not win any anywhere). However this was always one of FF's weakest seats even before 2011 and it's not good territory for Sinn Fein either, so it is certainly possible. As for any other seats, I would be skeptical quite frankly (the boundary changes really don't suit them), perhaps with the right candidate they could win a seat in Dublin Fingal but who is that candidate? and even then it wouldn't be certain. Here, however, I would like to remind you that it's a waste of time predicting Irish elections until you know who all the candidates are, and I really mean ALL.
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's going on here? on: July 22, 2015, 04:05:25 pm
Worth noting that Tweed's modleaks made public some personal information. People were upset about that.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: POST HERE IF YOU WANT TO BE CONSIDERED AS A MOD on: July 22, 2015, 03:11:57 pm
ftr I would be interested.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of AAD: Yesterday vs. Today on: July 22, 2015, 03:10:38 pm
As one might have expected based on who created it, the AAD culture is toxic. It's why I've never made a post there and why I don't plan on starting now. It's unfortunate that Lief is responsible for encouraging so much of that, because I like him and I enjoy his posts. It's equally a shame that Lewis has committed so wholly to that lot.

While I do like aspects of AAD and do post there, I have to agree with a lot of this.

It is, after all, a forum created by HockeyDude to host update and bring back Libertas (MASSIVE SUCCESS GUYS) and Opebo. Despite yesterday, it's better than what could be expected given that.
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of banned posters: Tweed on: July 22, 2015, 05:53:45 am
He has destroyed his brain with Marx and compulsive drug use.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: July 21, 2015, 07:19:36 pm
I believe it is Simfan.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Bacon King Statement on: July 21, 2015, 06:14:04 pm
Sad We do love you, BK.  no matter what.

This (x4,735,173)
19  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: July 21, 2015, 05:52:47 pm
OMG LOL is all I can say.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Former Dem Hopeful: Segregate hopeless loners from society and put them in camps on: July 20, 2015, 06:41:16 pm
Nearly starting World War III wasn't enough for this one time hero of the Moderate

Remember Wes Clark 04'? The man who would really bring the country together or some sh**t involving uniforms and guns and fetishism? Well... he's said something interesting recently. Linked from here

Clark: We have got to identify the people who are most likely to be radicalized. We've got to cut this off at the beginning.  There are always a certain number of young people who are alienated.  They don't get a job, they lost a girlfriend, their family doesn't feel happy here and we can watch the signs of that. And there are members of the community who can reach out to those people and bring them back in and encourage them to look at their blessings here.   

But I do think on a national policy level we need to look at what self-radicalization means because we are at war with this group of terrorists.  They do have an ideology. In World War II if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn't say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.

So, if these people are radicalized and they don't support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States, as a matter of principle fine. It's their right and it's our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict.  And I think we're going to have to increasingly get tough on this, not only in the United States but our allied nations like Britain, Germany and France are going to have to look at their domestic law procedures.

So there you have it Atlas, if you are a loner who feels sad about not having a girlfriend YOU MIGHT BE A TERRORIST and perhaps you should be SENT INTO CAMPS FOR THE GOOD OF SOCIETY. No doubt to admiration of the Very Serious People everywhere...
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Labour Party leadership election 2015 on: July 20, 2015, 06:35:51 pm
2010 - in the middle of the economic collapse and the lead-up to the bail-out - was probably the peak for the feeling that the Republic was a failed state.

There was such a feeling?

One of the signs of a patriotic Irishman - disparaging Ireland.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: People of the Republic of Atlasia vs. Ebowed and others on: July 20, 2015, 06:32:44 pm
I object to Bacon King's slander of myself. I shall note that he is from Georgia and is White. QED he is a complete racist and probably has a shrine to the Confederate flag, Nathan Bedford Forest, and deep fat frying in his yard.
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Portugal parliamentary election - autumn 2015 on: July 17, 2015, 10:41:28 am
Very strange to have the PCP (because, really, that's what the CDU is at heart) described as 'the pragmatic left wing option' when they are only slightly more moderate and almost as intransigent as the KKE.

It's kind of interesting how Portugal's politics pre-crisis resembled Greece's (although they lacked a LAOS) and how much it has been diverged since then... Portugal is probably lucky then it didn't have an economic boom 2002-2007.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: July 13, 2015, 04:06:23 pm
When people talk about 'necessary' or 'desirable reforms', can they please give a concrete example of what countries on the periphery should do to carry these out? Otherwise it just seems like arghblargh to justify callousness and ethnocentric smugness.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Greek Referendum on IMF/Troika deal on: July 13, 2015, 03:34:21 pm
Hopefully something gets done now, because I don't want the same crappy situation again in 3 years when the 4th bailout package looms ... maybe they can take a look at Spain and Ireland where the GDP growth has returned to 3-4% this year. Greece needs some really tough and long-lasting reforms now that get the economy back on track.

You have to be actively delusional if you think Ireland and Spain's recovery has to do with the 'deepness' of reforms imposed or the strength of the bailout proposals.

Ireland's actually had very little structural reforms, rather it has increased or put in place all kinds of taxes and rowed back some bits of spending... but very little has changed to the structure of the economy, which is why the housing market looks like it is overheating again.
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