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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Liberal Richard Nixon revisionism vs. liberal Alexander Hamilton revisionism on: Today at 11:20:59 am
Hamilton was a fervent, radical, and unapologetic opponent of all progressive proposals within his own time period

Not true: he liked industrialization.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What are YOUR ideas on Tax Reform? on: March 25, 2017, 08:31:18 pm
1. Confiscatory tax rates on nonmaterial assets
2. Sin taxes on major unhealthy products (tobacco, alcohol, junk food), enough to compensate for their negative externalities
3. Raise the gas tax and implement a carbon tax, enough to compensate for their negative externalities

That should close the deficit anyway.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kentucky Passes 'Blue Lives Matter' Law making it hate crime to attack cops on: March 24, 2017, 07:43:31 pm
Quote from:  link=topic=261154.msg5580364#msg5580364 date=1490284940
if they're gonna class attacking terrorists for beïng terrorists as a hate crime, it should apply to all terrorists

Does Kentucky even have enough minorities for you to call their police officers terrorists?
4  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: How to Assert Meaning and Dignity in the Context of Reality? on: March 24, 2017, 06:37:30 pm
The intrinsic value of any human life is the value that it holds for the one who lives it. By sharing our world with Others, we enhance our appreciation for life in general.

That is all.
5  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever been the victim of a crime? on: March 22, 2017, 12:48:27 pm
Nope (has never spent significant time in a large city)
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Which Roosevelt is more worthy of being on Mount Rushmore? on: March 20, 2017, 03:25:35 pm
The criterion for inclusion was "preserving the Republic and expanding its territory.", so it's hard to say. You could make the case that James Monroe is worthier than either.

Neither. Mt Rushmore is an unbelievably tacky monument (yanks are free to sneer at any comparative British landmark as revenge)

Eh, if they'd followed the original design (complete with the Louisiana Purchase plaque), it would have been good. Or, so bold that "tacky" becomes too small a word, like those never-attempted Nazi and Soviet architectural projects.

7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: US states consider laws allowing Creationism to be taught by science teachers on: March 16, 2017, 04:27:22 pm
Moderate Hero position: The Bible should be taught in school, but if it's going to be taught literally, it would be better if it weren't taught at all.
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Hijab on: March 15, 2017, 05:42:53 pm
"People can do whatever they want with their own bodies" = the liberal equivalent of "let the states decide".

Just so everyone knows.
9  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Christian Socialism and the Religious left on: March 15, 2017, 12:16:25 pm
I consider myself a Mormon social democrat, or even mild Mormon socialist. There's as much room to support that as there is to support Mormon conservatism.

This is true; anyone who doubts should look into the United Order.

In fact, if I were to become an advocate for Christian socialism, the Catholics and the Mormons would be my target audience.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Christian Socialism and the Religious left on: March 13, 2017, 07:55:54 pm
what about religious left?  Why hasn't that ever really grown into a powerful force in America?

"Ever" is a strong word.

Yeah. Father Coughlin had millions of supporters!

People like William Lloyd Garrison and William Jennings Bryan are much readier examples, and I really can't tell whether or not you're bringing up Father Coughlin in good faith. Honestly I hope you're not.

I was being facetious, but not entirely so: anti-materialism in economics and the Catholic Church are linked pretty closely in my mind, and I don't think it would be unfair to say that the 1930s was the peak (or included in the peak) of Catholic power in the United States.
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Christian Socialism and the Religious left on: March 13, 2017, 06:01:07 pm
what about religious left?  Why hasn't that ever really grown into a powerful force in America?

"Ever" is a strong word.

Yeah. Father Coughlin had millions of supporters!
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Post your ideology on: March 12, 2017, 10:30:50 pm
Libertarian socialism; small-"c" conservatism; deep ecology; archeofuturism.

I tried looking this up and got very confused.

The gist is to promote traditional ways of living by utilizing modern technology - because values that are timeless can be expressed in any technological context.
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Vx: Frustrated by liberal universities, conservatives aim to defund and destroy on: March 11, 2017, 09:12:04 pm
Young people go left in college because they want to change the world, and they think that left-wing social activism is the way to do that. What we need is some sort of compulsory volunteer service: let our young people get rid of their activism bug without making them go Full Degenerate.

In my experience it's more that young people go left because going right means having their frontal lobes scooped out and replaced with a fetid, shredded mess of the stinkiest of ancient propaganda along with a few choice turds from the last century. And now they top it off by stapling a cherry-red hat to their heads afterwards.

I'm sure that many young people are impressed by the college left ideology, it being the first ideology they've encountered that has intelligible principles. That doesn't mean that college leftism is anything more than a collection of platitudes - just look at that mumbo-jumbo poster you have in your signature!
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Vx: Frustrated by liberal universities, conservatives aim to defund and destroy on: March 11, 2017, 03:26:09 pm
We shouldn't be using taxpayer money to pay for people to be indoctrinated by marxists for useless liberal arts degrees. We need to refocus our spending on education towards useful degrees in STEM. If someone is studying for a STEM degree they should be eligible for enough grants to make it a free ride so long as they maintain good grades and their parents income isn't too high. Next, get rid of subsidized student loans, and bring back the ability to discharge student loans through bankruptcy. That way if some idiot wants to borrow $100,000 or more to major in gender studies or some other useless degree, they have to show the lender they have the ability to pay it back, this will make it harder to get student loans.

David Gelernter, a possible pick for the role of Trump's Science Advisor has suggested some interesting ideas in this area

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In Gelernter’s view, the future of higher education will involve a focus on STEM subjects while “throwing out” the arts and humanities. Online courses will become commonplace, but not without evolving, and students will need a “digital guides or mentors” to carry them through online education.

Degrees themselves will become a thing of the past, Gelernter writes as they’re “gradually be replaced by certified transcripts.” Rather than a university conferring the degree, a “transcript” — that is, coursework showing that a student has successfully learned a given set of material — will be “vouched for” by a trusted institution like a think tank, newspaper, museum, or research lab.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/potential-trump-science-adviser-9-in-10-colleges-will-fail.html

"Throwing out humanity" is a very succinct way of describing STEM-oriented education reform Smiley
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Hijab on: March 11, 2017, 03:24:24 pm
As a piece of clothing, it is really not that unique. There is a long tradition of women covering their heads in European Christian societies. Think of all the pictures you see of Eastern European peasant women with covered heads, or even of 1950s-60s British housewives. Catholic nuns still do cover their heads.

it is the sociology of the Hijab that is depressing, particularly its rise across the Islamic world (including places like Indonesia where it was traditionally not worn), as well as in immigrant communities in Europe that, even 10-20 years ago, were fairly secular.

If conservative Muslim women wanted to dress like Amish women, no one could possibly object - they might even say that they were preserving a traditional Western value! However, hijabis who reside in the West express their modesty in a way that flaunts traditional norms of dress. That only makes people question their willingness to assimilate, it brings attention to them... which is, actually, the opposite of modesty.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of the Hijab on: March 11, 2017, 02:44:10 pm
Ugly, which is the worst sin of all.
17  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Post your ideology on: March 11, 2017, 12:15:34 pm
NONE. Thank you.

Nihilism is an ideology.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Vx: Frustrated by liberal universities, conservatives aim to defund and destroy on: March 11, 2017, 12:14:15 pm
Young people go left in college because they want to change the world, and they think that left-wing social activism is the way to do that. What we need is some sort of compulsory volunteer service: let our young people get rid of their activism bug without making them go Full Degenerate.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Post your ideology on: March 11, 2017, 10:19:03 am
Libertarian socialism; small-"c" conservatism; deep ecology; archeofuturism.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Saudi Arabia vs Iran on: March 08, 2017, 02:54:24 pm
Lebanon is in Iran?

It's in their sphere of influence.

there is no such thing as a "sphere of influence".

Let me put it this way: If the Iranian military set up a base in Cuba, that would rightly be perceived as an act of aggression.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Saudi Arabia vs Iran on: March 08, 2017, 11:21:57 am
Lebanon is in Iran?

It's in their sphere of influence.
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Saudi Arabia vs Iran on: March 08, 2017, 09:42:20 am
Iranians don't kill Americans.
maybe, maybe not.  But they certainly pay and supply other assholes to kill Americans.

Only when we're on their turf, though.
23  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Saudi Arabia vs Iran on: March 08, 2017, 09:30:16 am
Iranians don't kill Americans.
24  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: I'm a master's student in theology. AMA. on: March 06, 2017, 01:44:33 pm
Is it still common for theology students to learn Latin/Greek?
25  General Discussion / Religion & Philosophy / Re: I'm a master's student in theology. AMA. on: March 04, 2017, 10:04:00 pm
The Fall as creating a samsara-like condition is a really interesting idea; my only objection to it would be that most forms of Buddhism don't posit an original pre-samsaric state.

IIRC, both Hinduism and Jainism posit an evolutionary model of the cosmos, with some epochs more enlightened than others. Is there no similar concept in Buddhism? Or am I misunderstanding things.
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