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by Tobias
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 7898

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Yeah if we're going with "why do people enjoy watching terrible things happen to people", horror isn't gonna be the go-to genre for that. Tear jerkers I can almost get, cringe comedy makes me want to die. Makes me feel way worse than any horror movie ever had - there were parts of Silicon ...
by Tobias
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Like, you are arguing for a government-enforced monopoly... I'm not arguing for anything. You have, quite specifically, argued for government enforced monopolies in this thread. It's one of the things I am arguing with you about - you think the government should be allowed to create and enforce mon...
by Tobias
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

The context (down near the bottom) is that if the government hands out money and tells us what we can spend it on , the more people it does this for, the more it controls those people. You are describing something that is, by definition, not a UBI. There is no mechanism, whatsoever, in any UBI prop...
by Tobias
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Why? If the government is offering a service, is it not inherently choosing what you should best do? I mean, yeah, you *could* choose not to accept it, just like you could not accept means-tested benefits, but how is this about maximizing liberty? For one thing, even if a government offers and mana...
by Tobias
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

ucim wrote:Yes, if most people end up dependent on the (UBI) dole, social issues will result as this tightens government control over all of us. This is one of the reasons a UBI is not one of my favorite ideas.


wut

This makes no sense at all
by Tobias
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Profit provides you with the funds to improve efficiency, as well as give flexibility if case of market fluctuations. This has already been covered, are you trolling at this point? I think it's worth mentioning that in any free market scenario, profits are (practically by the definition of a free m...
by Tobias
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

However, you don't specifically need a universal income to avoid it. It's mostly a result of our current benefits being set up oddly. There's no particular reason why we should have them, instead of having some sort of tradeoff where your benefits gradually decrease as you earn more money, tapering...
by Tobias
Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Your Loss Memes
Replies: 19
Views: 4058

Re: Wanted: Your Loss Memes

Image

This is one I got to see in person. Hope its useful to you.
by Tobias
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

It also runs into the same problem of the wealthy opting to bail out of the country. Unlike other leftist proposals, though, this one provides a fertile ground and a solid foundation for new entrepreneurs to take significant risks and fill those gaps. There are other proposals I believe in, very &q...
by Tobias
Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Yes, abstract property is different from physical property, but abstract property still has value, and allowing others to use abstract property can reduce its value, and can cause actual harm to others. So? Painting my house the "wrong" color can cause my neighbours property to be less va...
by Tobias
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Trademarks are not really IP, and don't have anything to do with IP, and its weird they get conflated with IP. They are a consumer protection issue, not an "intellectual property" issue. You're free to do whatever you want with trademarks personally, you can recreate them, you can modify t...
by Tobias
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Tyndmyr, I won't have time to address most of your post today, I've gotta go, but I would like to hit on two points really quick. I don't see that as inherently bad. Yeah, a rich person may be able to offer extremely tempting bargains thanks to his financial wealth, but are you better off than if th...
by Tobias
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

]How is IP different from any other property? The concept of private property inherently constrains the behaviour of the vast majority to protect the rights of the property owner. Where is the reward for the guy who works to create an opera or a better apple picker, that can be copied by others wit...
by Tobias
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

The defense attorney thing is interesting, and actually contrary to most arguments I've heard from libertarians. I sort of want to state my own view on things at this point in time. Myself, I'm no longer a libertarian. I'm more of an egalitarian freedom-maximalist now. In that I recognize that the s...
by Tobias
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

I'm just saying the features of authoritarianism I've noticed in many libertarians. (and cronyism is generally considered a defining feature of authoritarianism) Obviously that's not reflective of all libertarians, and obviously many non-libertarians are also authoritarian. But it seems like (in man...
by Tobias
Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

You don't actually know what authoritarian means, do you? (Many right-liberatirans don't, since they've got a vested interest in not understanding the term on account of how they are usually pretty dang authoritarian) Can you give an example of a Libertarian politician being authoritarian? I only k...
by Tobias
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Authoritarianism isn't a binary thing. You're the one who wants the government to use it's authority to forbid loans unless they meet the specific, highly unusual requirements you set forth. We're the ones saying "let them do whatever they want". So, in this particular example, you are ad...
by Tobias
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 27163

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I'm realizing now that I don't think I've ever met anyone black who identified as a socialist. I know a few. I think it's important to remember that black people were once at the forefront of the US socialist movement. MLK was socialist, the Rainbow Coalition and Black Panthers were socialist. The ...
by Tobias
Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 43
Views: 6702

Re: Everything is racism

There's nothing vague about this. They're playing for the evolutionary advantage of "people like us", and they want to hurt the "other". That is what a tribe is. It looks pretty well-defined to me. Except that isn't what a tribe is. You've offered no reason for anyone to think t...
by Tobias
Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 43
Views: 6702

Re: Everything is racism

Tribalism is much, much less than the things being discussed here, and it is frustrating to see the term misused just as much as it's frustrating to see the term racism used. Especially since it's so particularly unsuited - racism, bigotry, homophobia, sexism. All of these can be directed at members...
by Tobias
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

addams wrote:We were The Good Guys, Once Upon a Time.


Uh... this is perfectly in keeping with our historic relationships with central and south america.
by Tobias
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

I grew up among such people, and I disagree. Don't get me wrong, the right has all kinds of weird hangups about sex, but abortion is a fight they don't give up on no matter how little sense it makes, and which they prioritize over many other, more reasonable and achievable goals. How they act is co...
by Tobias
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

Naw, they're moral. They just have a different morality than you. If you honestly believe abortion is murder, then lining up "endless murders" against almost anything else, and they're picking the lesser of the two evils, as they see it. Nothing has really changed. Very few anti-abortion ...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Most commonly libertarians advocate that natural monopolies are not a thing that happens, but rather that a monopoly requires government support to exist. Shrink the state, shrink it's power to monopolize, and you solve the problem. Yes, they do generally believe natural monopolies are not a thing ...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Spooner did in fact argue strongly against monopolies! Except for when he sincerely did the exact opposite and argued that if you manage to create a new market the government should forceably keep any competitors out. That's because his arguments weren't really against monopolies but, as you mention...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

Now, is it still moral if we only take money from those who want to donate, or is it only moral if we force the unwilling? The unwilling are usually the cause of the problem, and even when they aren't we get serious free-rider problems that mean they have the incentive to BECOME a cause for persona...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

I dare say that if they want government-protected monopolies and a dictatorship, they are not libertarians at all. That's something of a contradiction in terms. The axing government services and valuation of contract law is much more familiar, but the rest sounds ludicrous. I'd say both of those ar...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

Look, a donation to the appropriate cause helps the protected class, yes? Sure, a larger donation helps more, but everything helps. I mean, if it's only moral if it's a sufficiently large amount, then I guess only the rich can be moral. What about getting the community together to raise funds colle...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 996885

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I think you can have good cops. However, it's mostly a thing that happens in fairly small departments, where they tend to have stronger ties to the community, and a generally small force. If it's literally half a dozen people in a podunk area, enough folks know each other that overt, casual uses of...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

Considering many activists fighting against sexism, racism, and other such problems also criticize and oppose many policies that purport to help minorities, that should be obvious. Lots of folks do oppose them for racist reasons while denying that is their motivation, though. You can usually tell th...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

Look, a donation to the appropriate cause helps the protected class, yes? Sure, a larger donation helps more, but everything helps. I mean, if it's only moral if it's a sufficiently large amount, then I guess only the rich can be moral. I struggle to see how a donation of any sort would have a noti...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 46526

Re: Libertarianism

Surely it depends on which libertarian you're asking, doesn't it? Like most of the ones I know are in favour of heavy handed regulation to create government-protected monopolies (like really strong, really absurd copyright laws), would like the country to be ruled by a monarch or dictator (they call...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

It is, after all, still racist if you harm only one individual instead of the entire lot, yes? People tend to conflate multiple types of racism - the biggest ones being systemic racism (which afflicts populations, but from which many individuals in that population may escape in part or in whole) an...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

Fund defense and tax cuts by cutting social security, healthcare (Medicare Medicaid), and the domestic budget. Budgets are out of whack because Democrats haven't rolled over on domestic spending. None of it is the GOP fault.... Somewhere in there the sarcasm starts and the observations end. I'm... ...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 25669

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Which kind of leads me to my set up for this in that - really - he isn't worth 144 billion dollars at all. Because he can't do anything with that money. Once you get enough money this is basically true of everything. Even if he had that $144 billion in literal dollar bills, actually spending it eff...
by Tobias
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652111

Re: Trump presidency

But when it comes to voting I generally follow a fiscal conservative route. Social issues seem to be able to make progress outside of washington. Progress on a great number of social issues has been made in spite of washington. What does "fiscal conservatism" even mean? As far as I can te...
by Tobias
Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trolley Problem
Replies: 349
Views: 94751

Re: Trolley Problem

The solution to all trolley problems is multi-track drifting

This solution is also acceptable, and blessed be the children for resolving our moral dillemas with such clear minds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N_RZJUAQY4
by Tobias
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 64989

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

What these narcissists--and really, who would say "I was born inherently better than you, and therefore am naturally entitled to more privileges than you," except a narcissist?--want is attention, attention, attention, so that they can bring their vile message to a wider audience and invi...
by Tobias
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 15745

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

Single Transferable Vote with Multi Member Districts allows for proportional representation while still involving voting for individuals and not parties. It is also the best system for minimizing the number of "wasted votes" (or at least the best system that's also relatively easy to imple...
by Tobias
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 536
Views: 98360

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Actually, an indication of the scale on the graphs in the 'limits of this data' section would go a long way to understanding how 'special' the current spike is likely to be (i.e. 'always label your damn axes Randall' http://xkcd.com/833/) What... what are you talking about? The axes are labelled. T...

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