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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a good criticism against leninism and all its offshoots, at least. It's also really funny.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also fuck touchscreen.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So yeah, no. The irony of it all is anarchists seem to just not understand states. And I think having decentralization as a doctrine (not saying it's not something that sometimes is very good) is just not effective in a global economy. Do I need to expand on this?


Meanwhile:
The Stranger: Write-In Right On: 3,415 Voters Correctly Spell Kshama Sawant's Name
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Imagine 200 Occupy Candidates This Year...
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is socialism accurately defined ? The word is claimed by marxists, anarchists as well as social-liberals.

I made my own definition to make it as large as possible but centered on its focus point.

"Socialism is a political doctrine whose objective, by collective ways of action, is to reduce as much as possible the inequalities, in rights and in goods, between all the members of the society."
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaker Frank Chopp & Kshama Sawant debate

http://votesawant.org/
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My own words are inadequate.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha....the cato institute. Nice try.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

44 seconds in and he makes a glaring error. He says that financial services weren't deregulated because a variety of new laws were put in place prior to the collapse. But that's a bait and switch. It's not "the financial collapse was caused by an overall reduction of regulation of the financial services industry," it's, "the financial collapse was proceeded by repeal of the Glass-Seagall Act in 1999, which increased alignment of investment banks and deposit banks; a lack of regulation of derivatives, which encouraged high-risk investment based on the assumption that housing prices would continue to rise; predatory lending practices that virtually ensured new homeowners would default and have their homes repossessed; and a variety of others." It's disingenuous to talk about deregulation without talking about specific deregulatory acts that have been implicated repeatedly as encouraging the collapse. Instead he talks about how we passed the Patriot Act. Seriously.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope that that is not the entirety of the thoughts spurred by it.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's full of shit, and giving a speech for the Cato Institute, what else is there to say?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenshiro wrote:
I hope that that is not the entirety of the thoughts spurred by it.


Here is my thought. "The market" as it is often referred to, cares nothing for anything other than making a profit. Any discomfort experienced by the people who make up "The market" is ignored until it begins to cut into making a profit, at which point the absolute bare minimum amount of effort/money will be expended to shut the people up. Anyone thinking "the market" can fix problems caused by free market capitalism is a goddamn moron who should probably be mocked soundly.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkey Mcdermott wrote:
Kenshiro wrote:
I hope that that is not the entirety of the thoughts spurred by it.


Here is my thought. "The market" as it is often referred to, cares nothing for anything other than making a profit. Any discomfort experienced by the people who make up "The market" is ignored until it begins to cut into making a profit, at which point the absolute bare minimum amount of effort/money will be expended to shut the people up. Anyone thinking "the market" can fix problems caused by free market capitalism is a goddamn moron who should probably be mocked soundly.


Wow. Just... wow. I don't even know where to start.

So I won't.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kenshiro wrote:
Monkey Mcdermott wrote:
Kenshiro wrote:
I hope that that is not the entirety of the thoughts spurred by it.


Here is my thought. "The market" as it is often referred to, cares nothing for anything other than making a profit. Any discomfort experienced by the people who make up "The market" is ignored until it begins to cut into making a profit, at which point the absolute bare minimum amount of effort/money will be expended to shut the people up. Anyone thinking "the market" can fix problems caused by free market capitalism is a goddamn moron who should probably be mocked soundly.


Wow. Just... wow. I don't even know where to start.

So I won't.


Good
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2012 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Monkey Mcdermott wrote:
Kenshiro wrote:


Wow. Just... wow. I don't even know where to start.

So I won't.


Good


....aaaaaand now I've changed my mind.

So, what solution would you propose?
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