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by Random Precision
Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 2666
Replies: 7
Views: 1737

Re: 2666

I finished it in 10 days, a couple of weeks ago now. I was unsure of Bolaño before I read it (having previously read Distant Star, By Night in Chile and Last Evenings on Earth), but 2666 really made him one of my favorite authors. I think the structure of the novel is one of the most interesting par...
by Random Precision
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 218901

Re: "Friends" Discussion

You know, initially I was bothered by the fact that Randall seems to have been spying on my junior year of high school. But since he wrote a comic about it, I've decided I'm alright with it.
by Random Precision
Wed Oct 29, 2008 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 22876

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

Citation. As far as I know, the per-capita death rate due to murder/war/conflict is far lower today than ... in pretty much any decent historical period in the past, at a global level. And possibly (based on what slim evidence we have) including pre-historical periods. If you have evidence to the c...
by Random Precision
Sat Oct 25, 2008 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 22876

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

I've read about the first half-page of this thread, and I'd just like to jump in and ask this: Does anyone know of any good books/websites that teach basic economics? I'm really interested in this, but I have very little knowledge about how the economy actually works. A search of my local library s...
by Random Precision
Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 22876

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

I would say that capitalism, as an ideal, is a form of 'barbarism'. The thought is that conflict generates innovation, and the ideal state of that conflict involves as little cooperation (or collusion, if you will) as possible. The ideal free market is everyone at war with everyone else (with allow...
by Random Precision
Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Marxism/Socialism/Communism
Replies: 263
Views: 22876

Re: Marxism/Socialism/Communism

But at some point, it is no longer worth the blood and pain of the failed experiments, right? "Socialism or barbarism". Marx has often been criticized for that saying, but I think it's essentially true. Either the underlying conflict in capitalist society between the producers and their e...

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