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76  General Politics / Economics / Re: Is Microfinancing/microcredit a scam? on: February 18, 2017, 05:43:12 pm
I've seen evidence that it's actually made matters worse for impoverished communities. I don't know enough to pass definitive judgment, but I'm at best skeptical.

Can you elaborate?

The main thing that changed my mind was a Jacobin article, so I don't expect you to agree with most of their points, but I think it's a worthwhile read nonetheless.
77  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Roe Died on: February 18, 2017, 05:35:28 pm
Honestly, I tend to think she was taken advantage of by Sarah Weddington, who was basically just out to make a name for herself. And I say that as someone whose views would generally be regarded as pro-choice.

If the abortion rights movement had simply been content to let abortion slowly become legalized state-by-state, it would have been much harder for a cohesive pro-life movement to metastasize onto the Christian Right and create such a major backlash.

Quoting some more of "Supreme Injustice,"
"Instead of devoting all of their resources to continuing the legislative and political battle, the pro-choice movement devoted much of its resources to the litigation option, whose goal it was to get the Supreme Court to constitutionalize a woman's right to choose abortion. It worked as planned, thus sparing the pro-choice movement the difficult political task or organizing and fund-raising on a state-by-state basis. The justices did the work for them by simply striking down most abortion laws in one fell swoop." After the decision by the Court, "the pro-choice movement became lethargic, celebrating its great judicial victory and neglecting the hard work of organizing and fund-raising -- at least in the beginning." (Pages 192-193.)

It's crazy how completely I agree with this.
78  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McCain (on Trump): Dictators 'get started by suppressing free press' on: February 18, 2017, 05:34:10 pm
Yes.

And dictators get their way because of people like McCain who do nothing to stop them.
79  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: February 18, 2017, 05:30:14 pm
Abortion really seems to bring out the very worst in both "sides". At least that only happens in America, though.
80  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CPAC: Milo as keynote speaker on: February 18, 2017, 05:27:07 pm
Great job there "conservatives." Anyone who is on board with this, and apparently the GOP power structure is, pretty much destroyed what "conservative" used to mean and replaced it with this bastardized excuse for a political message.

Again, Conservatism in America since the 1970s or so has only been about one single thing: protecting the interests and expanding the power of plutocrats.

What was it before then?

Well, it was already in good part about that, but it also paid more than lip service to a genuine set of philosophical principles and a vision of what society should be that wasn't entirely reducible to that single goal. All this went out the window when "movement Conservatives" (rofl) took over.
81  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CPAC: Milo as keynote speaker on: February 18, 2017, 05:22:07 pm
Great job there "conservatives." Anyone who is on board with this, and apparently the GOP power structure is, pretty much destroyed what "conservative" used to mean and replaced it with this bastardized excuse for a political message.

Again, Conservatism in America since the 1970s or so has only been about one single thing: protecting the interests and expanding the power of plutocrats.
82  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Austrian youth prison, now with 50%+ Muslims, gets mosque on: February 18, 2017, 05:17:04 pm
Love how Hifly felt like crawling back from his hole just to post this HOT TAKE.
83  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your Hogwarts House on: February 18, 2017, 05:12:24 pm
And using this chart:



I'd definitely be in Hufflepuff.

All of these are positive traits that anyone could find in themselves. Better to sort by weakness.

Recklessness, greed, mediocrity, and aloofness, respectively?
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Eharding Landfill for Absurd, Ignorant, and Deplorable Posts VI on: February 18, 2017, 03:57:42 pm
Roll Eyes
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: word association game on: February 18, 2017, 03:23:26 pm
Bannon
86  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Lief Reservoir of Simple Truths and Smart One-Liners on: February 18, 2017, 03:21:46 pm
It's rarely helpful or edifying to assume that you understand anyone else's "interests" better than they do themselves.
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Sam Spade Memorial Good Post Gallery on: February 18, 2017, 03:21:03 pm
Togliatti was a loyal Stalinist drone who would have done whatever his master requested. Like it's true that the PCI was always one of the least orthodox of Communist parties, but only began to move away from the Soviet line under Berlinguer.

Actually, that began under Longo, as the PCI condemned the crushing of the Prague Spring.
88  General Politics / Economics / Re: Is Microfinancing/microcredit a scam? on: February 18, 2017, 03:18:14 pm
I've seen evidence that it's actually made matters worse for impoverished communities. I don't know enough to pass definitive judgment, but I'm at best skeptical.
89  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Democrats: Do you support forcibly removing Manchin from the democratic caucus? on: February 18, 2017, 03:14:03 pm
I think you're all missing the bigger picture. Yes, it's pretty likely that enforcing party discipline the way Republicans did will cost us seats in the short term, but guess what, Republicans did that, and now they hold majorities in both houses and do basically what they want with it. In the short term, they sacrificed seats they could have easily kept (Chafee, Jeffords, Specter, Castle etc.), but in the long term, this created a chilling effect for current Republicans in Congress, who are terrified of breaking from the party line in any circumstance. And sure, this cost them the Senate in the short term, but eventually you get a wave big enough to regain control. Democrats need to start playing the long game.
90  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Life in Gotham: A Gotham City Municipal Election Series 2015 Special Finale. on: February 18, 2017, 03:04:29 pm


Smiley

Thanks Bigby, this series was a lot of fun.
91  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: CPAC: Milo as keynote speaker on: February 18, 2017, 02:52:51 pm
"Conservatism" in America stands for nothing except hitching on whatever ideology allows plutocrats to protect their interests. It seems like they have decided Milo is their new savior.
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Austrian youth prison, now with 50%+ Muslims, gets mosque on: February 18, 2017, 02:49:54 pm
Good for them.
93  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Sen. Grassley: The US shouldn't blame Russia for meddling cause of... Italy 1948 on: February 18, 2017, 02:43:19 pm
I mean as a deeply religious person it doesn't strike me as odd that, faced with the possibility* of a Communist takeover, sincere Catholics whether political or not flooded to the polls to prevent it from happening.

*Well 'possibility' is more accurate: it's very clear in retrospect that the numbers for a PCI victory never existed and that the party's popularity was vastly overestimated by both domestic and international observers.

Yeah, I don't doubt that a good part of DC's bounce was genuine (worth noting that most of it came from those who had voted for various smaller right-wing parties in 1946, not from "moderate" left-wing voters). I'm not sure if that would have been enough to get it to an absolute majority and set it on the way to dominating Italian politics for the next 40 years, but yeah, I don't doubt De Gasperi would have been the next PM regardless.

The real problem isn't so much the influence of American meddling in election results, but its influence on political culture and, even worse, on the "deep State" which, in the name of Cold-war logic, saw itself as entitled to commit all sorts of atrocities to protect the status quo. There's little doubt at this point that elements of the DC establishment and public administration had their hands in the terrorist attacks of the late 60s and early 70s (which then led to the left-wing reaction with the Red Brigades, and poisoned Italian politics for decades), and it wouldn't be surprising to learn that they had the blessing of the CIA.
94  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: February 18, 2017, 02:16:00 pm
Is there by any chance a (sophisticated) poll aggregator for this election?

I wish Fab was still around. Cry
95  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McCain: Trump Administration in Disarray on: February 18, 2017, 12:13:58 am
An administration he has voted to confirm...
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Romney-Hillary voters? on: February 17, 2017, 11:59:16 pm
They made the morally right choice and deserve to be commended for that, especially since most people of similar sociolodemographic extraction didn't. Still, many of them are responsible for a lot of the problems in American society that led to T***p's rise, and their general influence in politics has been extremely nefarious.
97  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would a hardline version of Antonio V be like? on: February 17, 2017, 11:54:54 pm
Also you don't feel that way already toward Stalinism?

...when did I say that?

You don't hold Stalinism "in utter contempt"?

...of course I do. How the hell do you read any of my posts and get the impression I don't??

That's my point. There already is an "ostensibly "left-wing" ideology" you hold in utter contempt.

Honestly, I don't consider personality cults to be even worthy of the name ideology. Say what you want about "hardline", but at least it does seem to be based on a set of universal principles.

Anyway, this thread is not gonna be very interesting if it's just a flame war between us.
98  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TV Tropes on: February 17, 2017, 11:36:45 pm
I always found YMMV to be the most interesting section, because there you have people actually discussing and disagreeing about how a work should be interpreted.
99  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Does Greece have the highest percentage of Horrible People in the world? on: February 17, 2017, 11:33:42 pm
See: protests and picketing against and even vandalism of Mormon and Catholic churches after the passage of Prop 8 (for just one example)

...and you think that's a good thing?
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would a hardline version of Antonio V be like? on: February 17, 2017, 11:32:07 pm
Also you don't feel that way already toward Stalinism?

...when did I say that?

You don't hold Stalinism "in utter contempt"?

...of course I do. How the hell do you read any of my posts and get the impression I don't??
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