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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who will replace Tillerson and Sessions? on: July 25, 2017, 03:05:24 pm
Nikki Haley is probably a lock for State at this point. As for AG, I feel like Trump will choose Kobach to help him gerrymander out the unfavorable parts of the electorate.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trumpcare Megathread: Senate MTP passes 51-50, Pence breaks tie on: July 25, 2017, 02:37:44 pm
Lower than vermin.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Opinion of Chapo Trap House on: July 24, 2017, 01:46:36 pm
It's been ruffling some feathers in the mainstream media over the last week or so, so I thought I'd see what this board thinks of it. Having six options in the poll was probably unnecessary, but whatever.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Kalwejt Foundation for the Promotion of Atlas Hilarity on: July 23, 2017, 11:20:40 pm
In my opinion You are right 2024/2028 will be a realignment ,just your wrong on which one it will be .
In my opinion 2 consecutive administrations of far right (2017-2021) and far left failures (2021-2025 /2029) it will result in a centrist realignment.
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: States that will flip in 2020 on: July 23, 2017, 06:49:14 pm
Maine-AL & Minnesota.
6  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Favorite politicians from your state? on: July 23, 2017, 02:11:47 pm
Not a "politician", but if it counts, my favorite political figure in California is easily RoseAnn DeMoro.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How bosses are (literally) like dictators on: July 23, 2017, 01:25:27 pm
Getting fired from a dictatorship usually means you will have your property seized,
...because people don't often end up losing their property after being fired in America? What? Huh

be shot or thrown in prison

That's a loaded statement, to say the least.

and have your family and friends be targeted.

People who work at jobs where they literally have to wear diapers don't quit said jobs because being unemployed will often result in their innocent family members "be[ing] targeted" by homelessness, hunger etc.

But yes jobs and dictatorships are exactly the same thing.

Glad that we're on the same page here! Smiley

8  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: What political figure is the previous poster most similar to? on: July 22, 2017, 03:46:36 pm
Chuck Grassley (his Twitter, anyway)

9  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: Who would the previous poster vote for? on: July 22, 2017, 03:45:17 pm

10  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DSA's impact in 2020 on: July 22, 2017, 12:53:28 pm
It all depends on the how the National Convention goes.

It's looking very likely the DSA will break with the Democratic Party entirely, in which case they will become yet another irrelevant socialist third party like PSL, SPUSA, etc.

If the Jacobin/Chapo/people who actually want to influence policy-wing somehow end up winning out, well, they will still be mostly irrelevant but not as much.

What are you talking about? I admittedly haven't been following the pre-convention squabbles too as well as I should have, but I'm pretty sure that both the Momentum & Praxis slates (the only two slates with a realistic chance of winning next month) fall into the second category.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: DSA's impact in 2020 on: July 21, 2017, 08:35:50 pm
Minimal, we're focusing on local politics where we can make the most impact Smiley

Pretty much this, though I suppose that it is conceivable that DSA becomes a Momentum-tier organization if they play their cards perfectly.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Barack Obama vs. Hillary Clinton on: July 21, 2017, 05:35:26 pm
Easily Hillary.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: MI Governor 2018 on: July 20, 2017, 03:59:39 pm
Has Abdul El-Sayed actually received any traction, or are you guys just pearl-clutching at the thought of "purity progressives" as usual? As far as I know, El-Sayed is polling in the single digits and doesn't look like a real threat to Whitmer, but if the Left has indeed lined up behind him, I can't say I'm surprised, considering that he's running on (IIRC) a platform that includes support for single-payer and a $15 minimum wage.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: How bosses are (literally) like dictators on: July 18, 2017, 09:50:26 pm
Except you have the right to leave that company

People can't leave dictatorships?
15  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '17: The Calm Before the Drizzle on: July 18, 2017, 03:32:03 pm
Any thoughts on last night's debate? My Twitter feed predictably crowned Oliver as the winner, but obviously that isn't necessarily indicative of the general reaction to the candidates' performances.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / How bosses are (literally) like dictators on: July 18, 2017, 12:26:13 pm
Americans think they live in a democracy. But their workplaces are small tyrannies.

Consider some facts about how American employers control their workers. Amazon prohibits employees from exchanging casual remarks while on duty, calling this “time theft.” Apple inspects the personal belongings of its retail workers, some of whom lose up to a half-hour of unpaid time every day as they wait in line to be searched. Tyson prevents its poultry workers from using the bathroom. Some have been forced to urinate on themselves while their supervisors mock them.

We usually assume that “government” refers to state authorities. Yet the state is only one kind of government. Every organization needs some way to govern itself — to designate who has authority to make decisions concerning its affairs, what their powers are, and what consequences they may mete out to those beneath them in the organizational chart who fail to do their part in carrying out the organization’s decisions.
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Joy Reid (2008) - Hillary is an insane racist liar who wants to destroy the Dems on: July 18, 2017, 09:23:39 am
What is with this grouping on the left who basically defend Trump at every turn and focus their ire on Hillary?

I can't remember a single time when I defended that subhuman, nor do I hold particular animus towards Hillary Clinton in comparison to the rest of her "wing" of the party, but, regardless, trying to reform the Democratic Party from within (which, to be fair, is probably a fool's errand at this point) to help it find it's own voice so it can provide an effective opposition to the GOP is far more efficient than the endless chest-beating about Trump & Putin we see from people like that Occupy Democrats comment section-tier "Semoncrat" poster above.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Majority Of Republicans Think Colleges Are Bad For The U.S., Poll Shows on: July 17, 2017, 09:23:18 am
33% of Republicans support labor unions? That's incredibly surprising, I thought that number would be somewhere around 5%.
White working class. Smiley

Do you?
Of course. I'm not a monster.

So you think thatcher and Walker are monsters

That's correct, yes.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nancy Pelosi on: July 16, 2017, 02:27:43 am
Pelosi has always been atrocious, and the justification for her remaining at the forefront of the House Caucus grows less and less convincing every day.

HP. She's the most extreme House leader of any major party in recent history.

We literally have an Ayn Rand cultist as Speaker right now. How is Pelosi, who scoffs at the idea of single-payer & responded to one student's critique of capitalism with "we're capitalists and that's just the way it is!" (paraphrasing, obviously), more "extreme" than the man trying to gut health insurance for twenty million people for purely ideological reasons? That doesn't even make sense.
20  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: July 15, 2017, 04:16:45 pm
(*Glances at the Wikipedia page for like twenty seconds)

Uh, I'd vote for that "Mostafa Moeen" guy in the first round, I suppose? And obviously I'd vote for Rafsanjani in the absolutely horrifying second round matchup.


21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you have voted in the preceding election? on: July 15, 2017, 03:57:35 pm

So is it fair for us to assume that you support Romani genocide, then?

22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Why do more educated people tend toward centrism? on: July 15, 2017, 03:56:13 pm
Because it's probably easier to understand both sides. Ideology is often a bad thing, because it saves from own thought. Ideologies are often a pure vision that is unlikely or even impossible to accomplish or to fully function. Often, pragmatic thinking leads to the most success and is within the possible. To explain it in brief on the economy for example, the best solutions are mostly in the middle: You need some common-sense regulations, you need to make sure that everyone is paying their fair share, but you also can't tax and regulate the hell out of everything. Economic growth is necessary to expand wealth to everyone, and therefore you need a business-friendly environment. However, a completely unregulated market doesn't work and only helps the upper class and the rich. The government needs to make sure that everybody is playing by the same rules, and there also needs to be safety net for everyone who needs help. On the other hand, only those who really need it should benefit from a welfare state.

I really, really hate to use the term "neoliberal" for a variety of reasons, but in this case it's more than appropriate: I love how the most steadfast proponents of neoliberalism are so keen on asserting that their garbage ideology is some sort of "trans-ideological", COMMON SENSE phenomenon when in fact it's nothing more than just that, an ideology.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster on: July 15, 2017, 03:50:20 pm
Possibly the funniest poster on here, albeit unintentionally, and not related to Kingpoleon's weird attempts at making jokes. I have no idea how he comes up with some of the stuff he posts, so for that reason alone I'll give him an FF vote for at least not being a complete dullard like 99% of Atlas.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / New Democratic Party leadership election, 2017 on: July 15, 2017, 01:30:57 pm
Under ranked choice, I'd more likely than not vote:

1. Ashton
2. Caron
3. Angus
4. Singh
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: WI-GOV 2018: Could Scott Walker lose reelection in 2018? on: July 14, 2017, 06:02:56 pm
To WI posters: How serious is Paul Soglin about entering the race? And, perhaps more importantly, how would he fare in a primary versus someone like Vinehout?
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