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751  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which Political Party Platform Do You Most Support on: October 05, 2013, 02:46:03 pm
I would love to answer this with a well-informed opinion but some of these platforms are very verbose even by my standards, and certainly at times vague. For now I will go with the Greens.
752  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the line-item veto on: October 05, 2013, 02:41:55 pm
HI - for the same reason provided by Torie.
753  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How many children do you want to have? on: October 05, 2013, 02:33:07 pm
None would be preferred, but maybe one adopted. Folks who want three or more tend to frustrate me.
754  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ted Cruz vs Vladimir Lenin on: October 05, 2013, 02:09:31 pm
Quote from: © Maybe Tweed, No One Else Worth It

And as awful as that is, the alternative leaves more to be desired if even a portion of these I dug up are real...


Quote from: Lenin
So long as the state exists there is no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no state.

Quote from: Lenin
To rely upon conviction, devotion, and other excellent spiritual qualities; that is not to be taken seriously in politics.

Quote from: Lenin
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.

Quote from: Lenin
. . . any army which does not train to use all the weapons, all the means and methods of warfare that the enemy possesses, or may possess, is behaving in an unwise or even criminal manner. This applies to politics even more than it does to the art of war.

Quote from: Lenin
To belittle the socialist ideology in any way . . . means to strengthen bourgeois ideology.

Quote from: Lenin
Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever.

Quote from: Lenin
The Bolsheviks could not have retained power for two and a half months, let alone two and a half years, without the most rigorous and truly iron discipline in our Party.

Quote from: Lenin
He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.

Quote from: Lenin
Our program necessarily includes the propaganda of atheism.

Quote from: Lenin
The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.

Quote from: Lenin
We will keep our political opponents . . . whether open or disguised as "nonparty," in prison.

Quote from: Lenin
Socialists must explain to the masses that they have no other road of salvation except the revolutionary overthrow of "their" governments . . .

Quote from: Lenin
Surely you do not imagine that we shall be victorious without applying the most cruel revolutionary terror?

Quote from: Lenin
We canít expect to get anywhere unless we resort to terrorism: speculators must be shot on the spot. Moreover, bandits must be dealt with just as resolutely: they must be shot on the spot.

Quote from: Lenin
When we are reproached with having established a dictatorship of one party... we say, 'Yes, it is a dictatorship of one party! This is what we stand for and we shall not shift from that position...'

Quote from: Lenin
Treat the Jews (express it politely: Jewish petty bourgeoisie) and urban inhabitants in the Ukraine with an iron rod, transferring them to the front, not letting them into the government agencies

Quote from: Lenin
Use both bribery and threats to exterminate every Cossack to a man if they set fire to the oil in Guriev.

Quote from: Lenin
catch and shoot the Astrakhan speculators and bribe-takers. These swine have to be dealt so that everyone will remember it for years.

Quote from: Lenin
Hang . . . no fewer than one hundred kulaks, rich men, bloodsuckers... Do it in such a way that for hundreds of versts around, the people will see, tremble, know, shout: they are strangling and will strangle to death the bloodsucker kulaks.

Quote from: Lenin
Your first response must be to establish a dictatorial troika . . . and introduce mass terror, shooting, or deporting the hundreds of prostitutes who are causing all the soldiers to drink, all the ex-officers, etc. There is not a moment to lose; you must act resolutely, with massive reprisals. Immediate execution for anyone caught in possession of a firearm. Massive deportation of Mensheviks and other suspect elements.

Quote from: Lenin
. . . on certain very important questions of the proletarian revolution, all countries will inevitably have to do what Russia has done.
755  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Ted Cruz vs Vladimir Lenin on: October 05, 2013, 12:57:02 pm
Easily Cruz/Cruz
756  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: On a scale from 1 to 1,000, where is your ideology range? on: October 02, 2013, 12:24:22 pm
My particular set of views would not really fit on a spectrum like this well at all, given that my views draw significant influences from both ends of it while at the same time strongly rejecting the OP's description of what constitutes the centre. I guess it'd be 150 and 850 simultaneously?

Or if by 1 you were to mean communism, if 1000 were anarcho-capitalism, and the centre was to be comprised of social liberalists, however, my answer to the question would be 300.
757  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Never underestimate the public's stupidity. on: October 02, 2013, 12:08:20 pm
@Memphis:

Aside from agreeing with Link's post on the first page of this thread, the public's general lack of wisdom when it comes to a multitude of political issues is one of the most compelling reasons I favor: (a.) representative rather than direct democracy, (b.) trustees rather than delegates as representatives in government, (c.) constitutional republicanism and federalism over alternatives, (d.) elitism over populism; and (e.) can to some extent understand the appeal of authoritarianism.
758  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Hypothetical scenario for Democrats and left-leaning Indies... on: October 01, 2013, 07:26:44 pm
Option 3

Quality of process takes priority over quality of results, so as to best preserve a liberal order.
759  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Capitalism on: October 01, 2013, 07:17:34 pm
It is too broad of a term for me to judge it fairly. I lean toward HE on this but also want to
acknowledge that some forms of capitalism could, at least in theory, be in the FE category.
Likewise for corporatism, syndicalism, communism, and many branches of socialism.
760  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are you a........? (Final Part) on: October 01, 2013, 07:04:52 pm
Liberal from a Republican town
761  General Politics / Economics / Re: Employer-provided insurance on: September 26, 2013, 01:49:43 pm
Would it not make more sense to have some sort of social insurance, have people get insurance privately without their employer being at all involved, or combine the two a bit?
762  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Three of your favorite fruits on: September 24, 2013, 11:06:07 am
Bananas, strawberries, and apples
763  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Rank your Buddy List from Left to Right on: September 18, 2013, 10:58:30 pm
Lasitten
Snowstalker   
Progressive Realist

Yelnoc
Tmthforu94
White Trash Heroes
764  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Battle Hymn of the Republic? on: September 18, 2013, 10:50:15 pm
Neither a freedom song nor horrible song, though I'd say it's closer to the former than the later. The tune is much better to the lyrics of Solidarity Forever.
765  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Post your 10 favorite musical bands/artists on: September 17, 2013, 06:52:03 pm
1. Pete Seeger
2. George Oldziey
3. The Beatles
4. Pyotr Tchaikovsky
5. Alexander Alexandrov
6. E.S. Posthumus
7. Itzhak Perlman
8. Paul Robeson
9. James Horner
10. John Denver
766  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Quiz List. Are you a Quiz Whiz? on: September 16, 2013, 10:20:11 pm
Progressive (100%)          
Social Market and Welfare State Supporter (97%)          
Socialist (88%)    
      
Progressive Neolibertarian (39%)          
Chicago School Fiscal Conservative (36%)
         
Austrian School Fiscal Conservative (20%)          
Libertarian (13%)          
Neoconservative (13%)          
Traditional Conservative (13%)          
Neolibertarian (0%)
767  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Will the U.S. ever become a social-democratic country? on: September 16, 2013, 10:07:57 pm
I do not know, in response to the OP, but I doubt it is likely to occur.

Solidarism - a sort of left liberalism exhibiting individualist values and corporatism - seems a bit more likely to me than social democracy here. Though I reckon social democracy would be very agreeable to at least a third of the population right now, and in practice nearly exists in some American states, it is not an ideology wholly compatible with the fabric of U.S. political culture - a culture that is overwhelmingly dominated by variations on liberal thought. In that respect I am inclined to agree with the resident libertarians.

Where I disagree with them, however, is with their claim of social democracy and socialism being completely incompatible with constitutional republicanism or other "founding values." Such leftist ideologies could be imbued with American characteristics so as to effectively set them apart from their counterparts in other parts of the world. But anyway, for the foreseeable future I anticipate social liberalism will remain the dominant ideology of the U.S.
768  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: right to work laws on: September 15, 2013, 05:13:08 pm
But perhaps there are still some strong points of argument out there I am not aware of yet? O.o

The distinct absence of worker's control, or any attempts at it?

To be pragmatic I do not support right to work laws as a standalone change. That is also true of my positions for abolishing the minimum wage, dismantling social security, pursuing free trade agreements, and so on. In absence of socialism there would be few circumstances under which I would actively call for such changes. My general appearance of market-friendliness is a little misleading that way; it is completely conditional on first getting what I want in the way of expanded social rights, greater actionable freedom, and more representative institutions for everyone.
769  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which of these pictures disturbs White Racists more? on: September 15, 2013, 04:33:50 pm
Aye, among white nationalists I encounter on forums and in chat rooms there is quite a bit of concern about the prospect of whites ceasing to exhibit cultural (physical and mental as well, when it comes to racialists) characteristics distinct from those of other races. A lot of value is placed on being aware of, proud about, and staying true to whatever they believe sets them apart as whites from other folks. The very proposition of blurring or erasing those distinctive lines often seems to be enough to make their skin crawl. In my most recent encounter, one of these people seriously read into my favorable opinion of inter-racial families as support for systematic extermination of whites - support for what he literally described as genocide.
770  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: How fast is your Internet speed? on: September 15, 2013, 01:53:51 pm


Sad
771  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: right to work laws on: September 15, 2013, 01:33:03 pm
. . . suppose a given factory has no air conditioning or proper ventilation and people are fainting from the heat so the union wants to demand the owners install air conditioning. How are you supposed to prevent the non-union workers from benefiting from that? Construct a separate, non-air conditioned building for them?

As for the benefits themselves, if the value of the additional benefits the union is securing for the employees exceeds the dues that the non-union member would pay to join, I fail to see how any rational person wouldn't want to join unless they wanted to act as a free rider. . .

I see where you are going with this but do not emphasize the same priorities in my appraisal of the issue. It is not uncommon for interest groups to bring about unintentional outcomes in the wake of actions aimed at achieving their own respective goals. It is unimportant to me if some workers get the benefits of climate control at work without paying union dues. What is of concern to me is whether workers are harmed or cheated of fair, abundant access to opportunities for personal development without consent.

The workplace is a competitive arena with contests underway for control of capital. Just as I would oppose any requirement for a voter or candidate for public office to join, pay dues to, or obey the leadership's instructions from within a political party in order for them to partake in government, I likewise oppose any requirement for a worker or manager to join, pay dues to, or adhere to the bylaws of a labour union or chamber of commerce. That of course is not to say I fail to see the value of unions, or even collective bargaining for that matter, but I will not force individuals to yield powers to or bow before authority figures when they would like to peaceably make their own decisions - those decisions in this case pertaining to bargaining on a one-on-one basis, in small groups with fellow independent workers in fleetingly temporary alliances, or alternative unions instead of through one union.

Right to work laws also seem very important to me when it comes to cooperativization of the economy. If firms become owned and controlled by their workers but workers are all part of a union, that union could effectively monopolize power over entire firms or economic sectors. Folks ought to have the option of going it alone, or organizing other unions so that there is always some measure of pitched competition for influence over firms and varied sorts of capital. It is my concern unions have just as much latent potential to subjugate the interests of or abuse the People as any other interest group, so to me it appears that right to work policies have a rightful place among others I think should be part of a new system of checks and balances - of a greatly reformed system of accountability designed with the protection of individual rights in mind.

But perhaps there are still some strong points of argument out there I am not aware of yet? O.o
772  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of The Internationale on: September 15, 2013, 12:30:09 pm
Overwhelmingly a freedom song on balance, though I find one or more stanzas in every variation of the song objectionable due to their rejection of attempts at inter-class collaboration and solidarity, or since I prefer an eternal revolution via elections over any violent uprising to capture or hastily abolish the state. Those lyrics in question are applicable to other places and times, but not mine.

When sung, which is quite often in my case, I only use the first two stanzas of Bragg's version.
773  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: which would you rather do on a saturday? on: September 14, 2013, 04:46:20 pm
Option one, gladly. Six hours of work would net me almost $50. That's a lot of money! Please double or even triple the opportunity, and give it to me every week so that I can stop being a poor!
774  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: kiddie parties on: September 14, 2013, 04:44:00 pm
I despise them now and also did when I was a child. :|
775  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy birthday 20RP12! on: September 14, 2013, 03:43:14 pm
Happy birthday! Grin
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