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Leonid

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Leonid last won the day on January 8

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  1. Leonid

    What a joke

    We shouldn’t send money for foreign aid for another very simple reason. We shouldn’t transfer money from our poor and middle class to rich people in poor countries. That is the fundamental truth of foreign aid. You get the right to arm one.
  2. Leonid

    What a joke

    This could be the First Amendment. The second one is the good one though. Everyone gets a bear.
  3. Leonid

    What a joke

    In his defence... There wasn't much room left on that envelope after Rudd's NBN doodles.
  4. Leonid

    What a joke

    They’re all morons. Dems claim walls won’t work (uh yeah they do!) and won’t give Trump $6b for the border wall that most senior democrats are on record as supporting during Obama’s years. Trump is hedging passing this wall through budget on the back of workers who now haven’t been paid in a month. That’s not cool at all.
  5. Leonid

    Are we ready for war?

    Indeed. Which is why after a century of genocide Jews are exploding in european kindergartens, Roma are driving trucks through pedestrian malls and Armenians are shooting up theatres in Constantinople
  6. Leonid

    Are we ready for war?

    The problem isn’t the feeling. It’s the reaction to this feeling.
  7. Leonid

    AOC

    Each one of the “Justice Democrats” has already been put onto committees where they will be taught how the real world operates. AOC will be on the House Financial Services Committee. She promises to start “digging into banks”. She doesn’t realise it’s not just fire and brimstone socialism. She’ll have to listen to weeks of boring accounting lectures and competing statements, expert opinions, etc. None of these activists realise that politics is and will remain a different business. She’ll be eaten alive, chewed and spit out in the mold of an establishment Left-of-Center Democrat.
  8. Leonid

    AOC

    AOC is on record stating she wants a socialism like the Nordics. Funnily enough the Nordics aren’t socialist. They’re a form of welfare capitalism. IE extremely free economies with extremely generous welfare systems and extremely productive workers operating in a culture of shaming the unemployed. AOC never speaks about lowering corporate tax rates like the Nordics. Or of reducing government and reducing red tape. She only speaks of the spend side of the equation. But you’re right. That’s not crazy. That’s youthful exuberance and lack of experience. Give her some time to get acquainted with the fact that the revolution still requires someone to clean excrement from sewers. She’ll disappoint you just like all the others have done or will do.
  9. Leonid

    AOC

    Don’t get me wrong. I know there are current problems. The difference is that Kimmo’s solution is akin to diving of a skyscraper and using the opportunity of time before *splat* to stab yourself and drink poison to make absolutely positively sure. You want better education? There’s ways to do that. Better health care? Ways to do that too. More accountable capitalism? Why not... the Nordics do it with economies as free as ours. None of these solutions require “anarchic participatory democracy” (which by the way is going into the same storage location for funny new age bullshit in my brain as the question “did you just assume my gender”?). You don’t need a revolution.
  10. Leonid

    AOC

    Like the current system, which is far from straight capitalism (and thank the heavens it is so)?
  11. Leonid

    AOC

    Not to mention that it's fucking boring. Most government legislative work is boring as shit. People with functioning brain stems aren't going to want to participate in all of that. I am distantly (and I mean distantly) related to a guy called Robert Ilatov who serves in the Knesset. I've seen him twice in my life and only talked to him once. It doesn't get more fiery than Israeli politics but he said that 90-95% of their daily work is basically just procedural stuff that nobody gives a shit about but has to pass. Few arguments, etc. But just the sheer breadth of things that go across his desk is just insane. In one day he might vote about the passage of a bill to change soy bean taxes (who the fuck could possibly care?) and he has to read it to make sure he's aware. On another he might be voting on the banning of particular toys due to safety issues, etc... If we're going to do this anarchic participatory democracy utopia, be prepared for power to amass with the most ambitious, least classically productive and most power-obsessed. Because they're the only ones who could be interested in it if its on a voluntary model.
  12. Leonid

    AOC

    Off course.
  13. Leonid

    AOC

    We've had that in our very distant past and in recent times on smaller scale. It's a great way of getting absolutely nothing done. There's a reason we shifted away from direct democracy to representative democracy. Are you going to show up to a month's worth of 8h panel discussions on excrement management? I ain't. I'd rather pay someone to represent me at that meeting. I'll proxy my vote. In fact, I don't even want to know the details. I just trust that Bob, my representative doesn't like the smell of sewage and will implement an acceptable solution to excrement management. That's what I pay him for.
  14. Leonid

    AOC

    See anarchists aren't actually anarchists. They're actually cultists who believe in small communal decision making. The participatory democracy is a cute nod to the great unwashed to make them believe anything other than regal feudalism is the result In pure form they eschew any form of government, in favour of smaller councils. And everyone is altruistic, no-one wants power and every local commune works to the benefit of every single other commune with no ambition or competitive streak in anyone anywhere.
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