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76  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Barack Obama was the best president since.... on: January 16, 2017, 09:33:57 pm
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Eisenhower. Although worth noting that he is still a failed president, as every single post-Eisenhower POTUS have been.

That might technically be true (if you insist on particularly uncharitable interpretations of those Presidents' accomplishments), but even then, the only reason Eisenhower didn't "fail" is because he didn't try much of anything. I'd rather have a President who attempts to change society for the better and fails than a do-nothing.
77  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do anti-abortion atheists exist? on: January 16, 2017, 08:25:45 pm

^^Agreed. The "The fetus is able to feel pain" argument has nothing to do with religion.

Neither does the "life begins at conception" one, in and of itself. It's always struck me as a very naturalistic argument.
78  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Atlas Moral Acceptability Poll on: January 16, 2017, 08:23:18 pm
I voted unacceptable on sex between an unmarried man and woman but acceptable on having a baby outside marriage. If non-marital sex happens and pregnancy eventuates from it then the moral thing to do is to bring it safely to term. I see I don't seem to be alone in this.

I took the question as asking whether it's acceptable to deliberately plan on having a baby outside marriage. I'd hope there aren't many people (aside from certain Atlas posters *coughcough*) who would argue that not interrupting a pregnancy is ever unacceptable.
79  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% on: January 16, 2017, 08:19:26 pm
Nice, reasonable conclusion, guys.  The answer is that capitalism has gotta go!!

It's clear that something about capitalism has gotta go. We can debate on what exactly.
80  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% on: January 16, 2017, 08:04:48 pm
81  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: January 16, 2017, 07:42:30 pm
Is it just me or do SJWs/far-left social liberals keep getting more and more irksome?

T***p's campaign and his victory has tended to unleash the worst kind of attitudes contained within mainstream American liberalism (elitism, class contempt, self-righteousness, obsession with identity politics, etc.). I really hope this is a temporary blip rather than a trend that will continue to expand.

This has all been unleashed for a long time now.  You're just waking up to it.  Too late, unfortunately.. far too late.  Now we will all pay the price.

LOL
82  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Star Wars fans, is Rey a Skywalker? on: January 16, 2017, 07:21:17 pm
No clue. I'd kind of like the idea that her connection with the main characters (which of course she has) is not biological, but we'll see.
83  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do anti-abortion atheists exist? on: January 16, 2017, 07:13:41 pm
Yeah, I don't see any logical contradiction.
84  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update for Everyone V: Born Under A Bad Sign on: January 16, 2017, 07:11:39 pm
Is it just me or do SJWs/far-left social liberals keep getting more and more irksome?

T***p's campaign and his victory has tended to unleash the worst kind of attitudes contained within mainstream American liberalism (elitism, class contempt, self-righteousness, obsession with identity politics, etc.). I really hope this is a temporary blip rather than a trend that will continue to expand.
85  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: If you support HRC have you met a Trump supporter post-election, and visa versa? on: January 16, 2017, 07:07:34 pm
It's not only a matter of where I live, but also of how my life is structured. I don't take part in any of the activities where you meet strangers - partly because interaction with strangers still causes me a good deal of anxiety, and party because I simply don't enjoy most such activities. So the only people I get to know are those I have to spend time with, ie people in the Poli Sci department. If there are any T***p supporters there, I have yet to know them well enough to have a political discussion with them.
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 16, 2017, 05:09:23 pm
Tapie is a vile piece of sh*t and I thank God that his political career never took off, otherwise France would have gone down the road of Berlusconi's Italy or (what will probably be) T***p's America.
87  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French presidential election, April 23rd & May 7th, 2017 on: January 16, 2017, 04:52:52 pm
I got:

  Benoît Hamon (59 %)
  Jean-Luc Bennahmias (47 %)
  Sylvia Pinel (35 %)
  François de Rugy (29 %)
  Vincent Peillon (29 %)
  Arnaud Montebourg (18 %)
  Manuel Valls (12 %)
  Aucun (6 %)

Surprised to see Pinel so high. Otherwise it all makes sense.
88  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Better alternative journalism program: The Young Turks or One America News? on: January 16, 2017, 04:22:43 pm
Content aside, can we all acknowledge how terrible both those names are? One is a reference to a racist, ultranationalist political movement responsible for the first genocide in the twentieth century, while the other sounds like the official press organ of some vaguely Orwellian dictatorship.
89  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How would you describe the previous poster's ideology? on: January 16, 2017, 04:13:09 pm
New New Right
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Ask the next poster a question on: January 16, 2017, 03:58:03 pm
Nothing interesting or worthwhile.

Think of the election within the past 5 years whose results disappointed you the most. If you could rig it for your favorite candidate without any risk of getting caught, would you?
91  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Final pre-presidential poll: Opinion of Donald Trump on: January 16, 2017, 03:53:06 pm
If he succeeds, we succeed, as Obama said.

This is a laughable statement predicated on the highly dubious assumption that his goals are the same as (or at least compatible with) those of the American people.
92  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Joe Wilson vs. John Lewis on: January 16, 2017, 03:50:44 pm
The fact that you need to ask says a lot about you.
93  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Party Focus Question on: January 16, 2017, 03:49:31 pm
Here's a good description.

If I had to take one issue with it, I'd say I wish he gave more importance to the moral tenets that underscore neoliberalism (namely the idea that the value of anything - including human beings - is determined by "the market", ie by how much people are willing to pay for it). This is why you end up with beliefs that the rich and successful ought to be admired, and that the poor are undeserving moochers. It's the ultimate conflation of might and right.

I think using "neoliberalism" to describe all of this has the danger of conflating a cluster of economic theories, particular policies and institutions, and these moral tenets you are describing.  These things don't necessarily run together, and in fact may diverge quite considerably.

See, that's where I disagree. I think the various components of neoliberalism only start making sense when understood as a whole. The economic works of Hayek, Friedman and their heirs are deeply ingrained into these moral assumptions, and conversely the wide acceptance of neoclassical economic theory has been exploited to push forward these moral tenets. Taken together (and along with its third branch - the political) they form a totalizing system of thought that explains almost everything wrong with modern society.
94  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: We need to talk about BRTD's Russia obsession on: January 16, 2017, 03:12:00 pm
Can you blame me for being upset this close to inauguration day? And losing the Glorious and Righteous leader we've had for eight years?

Yes, I can.

I have more reasons than you to be emotionally attached to Obama, but that hasn't turned me into a bigot.
95  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Life in Gotham: A Gotham City Municipal Election Series (1990). on: January 16, 2017, 03:09:03 pm
Fair enough, I'll buy into the "time for a change" option this time. If nothing else, out of sympathy for a fellow social sciences academic. Wink
96  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Life in Gotham: A Gotham City Municipal Election Series (1990). on: January 16, 2017, 02:53:58 pm
This is genuinely hard. I'll reserve my judgment for now.

Gotham's very nature in the comics means that I won't make Gotham's electoral choices easy, regardless of differences from in the comics. Feel free to ask questions and make suggestions at any time.

Basically, Sionis seems pretty decent and has a number of proposals I'd support, but I fear that voting for him means putting the moneyed interests of Gotham back in charge.
97  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Life in Gotham: A Gotham City Municipal Election Series (1990). on: January 16, 2017, 02:49:58 pm
This is genuinely hard. I'll reserve my judgment for now.
98  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Final pre-presidential poll: Opinion of Donald Trump on: January 16, 2017, 02:16:41 pm
No word can adequately capture what I feel about him. I simply refuse to live in a world where I have to acknowledge his existence.
99  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have health insurance? on: January 16, 2017, 02:12:19 pm
I'm definitely at least getting an X-ray to find out what kind of fracture it is. I don't want to be stuck limping for life because the bones have grown back wrong.
100  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you have health insurance? on: January 16, 2017, 01:57:11 pm
Yup, it comes with being a student here and thankfully the fee is covered by my fellowship.

I'm soon gonna find out if it's any good.

Are you sick?

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