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by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Leftism
Replies: 30
Views: 5154

Re: Leftism

I would like to know the economic principle that underlies the policies put forth by those we consider the Left since about the start of the 20th century. My concern is that if there is no principle or ideology behind those policies, they will be seen as being more "flexible" and "no...
by Le Téméraire
Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Leftism
Replies: 30
Views: 5154

Re: Leftism

I think it's just called a mixed market. A mixed market is a very broad term, almost any economy in the west can be classified as a mixed market (with exception perhaps for Cuba and Venezuela). The American economy is also very unique in comparison to other western economies. It has less market reg...
by Le Téméraire
Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Leftism
Replies: 30
Views: 5154

Re: Leftism

Forgive me for interjecting as a non-regular poster, but I have a question. If socialism is defined as in the OP, what is the word for the non-socialistic but still mostly anti-capitalistic policy slate in vogue in the modern US (from which I post)? It consists of, in brief: -A progressive tax syst...
by Le Téméraire
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Leftism
Replies: 30
Views: 5154

Re: Leftism

First of all: Socialism can be applied to nearly every political idealogy, even Fascism or Anarchism. True, but I think it is safe to say that in this thread by socialism we mean (European) social-democracy. Secondly: Socialism is merely an economic structure so you can't compare it to communism. C...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Catholic bishops oppose law aimed at pedophiles
Replies: 51
Views: 4318

Re: Catholic bishops oppose law aimed at pedophiles

A bill in Connecticut's legislature that would remove the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases has sparked a fervent response from the state's Roman Catholic bishops, who released a letter to parishioners Saturday imploring them to oppose the measure. Under current Connecticut law, se...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

The above posts are correct. It is a reason why people hate America, but its a petty and stupid one. La Tem..... is right to identify it as such. And the rest of us are right to mock it. So, we all agree then :D If I may summarize this thread a bit, these are some of the reasons why someone, or som...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Noah's Ark and Evolution Mutually Inclusive?
Replies: 25
Views: 4005

Re: Noah's Ark and Evolution Mutually Inclusive?

I thought it would be a good idea to look up how a Catholic should read the story of Noah's Ark. (I consider Catholics amongst the most intellectual Christians) The Catholic encyclopedia entry can be found here . Apparently, Catholics should interpret the story as the remembrance of a fact from very...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

When you say that capitalism does not scale well with international or global markets I can't understand what you are saying. It works extremly well, just compare it to the international trade that the communist countries had back in the soviet era! That trade was not as smooth, not as diverse and ...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Noah's Ark and Evolution Mutually Inclusive?
Replies: 25
Views: 4005

Re: Noah's Ark and Evolution Mutually Inclusive?

Amarantha wrote:
Le Téméraire wrote:The measurements of the Ark are in the bible...
"Riiiiiiiiight.
What's a cubit?"

We know what a cubit is.
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 19332

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

As Lazar pointed out, the poor are poor because the wealthy take advantage of them. But is that true? In the absence of the wealthy, would the poor be any more materially well off? No, it is not true at all. Social scientists make a distinction between different kinds of poverty, just like there is...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

Quite the contrary, American T.V. shows are often high quality and worth watching. But in those shows there are often messages or morals communicated that are rooted in U.S. culture and U.S. society, and some of those messages are very foreign to other cultures (especially when it concerns the atti...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Capitalism doesn't "work" because it models human behavior, it "works" because it doesn't work too badly on a very small scale and no one questioned the emergent properties that wide application to larger systems would entail. It's one thing to argue it's the best we've got at t...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Noah's Ark and Evolution Mutually Inclusive?
Replies: 25
Views: 4005

Re: Noah's Ark and Evolution Mutually Inclusive?

And, setting that aside for now, what are your thoughts? Counting the number of "kinds" based on ability to interbreed, they still have many thousands of different creatures to fit on the ark. Given that the story is barely viable with even a dozen or so, the whole idea is still full of l...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Apr 12, 2010 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

It is possible to become annoyed at the United States for such cultural hegemony, even if we can't actually blame the United States for it? If I understand Le temeraire correctly, his problem isn't that the TV show is for adults, quite the opposite. His complaint is that shows were teenagers are no...
by Le Téméraire
Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

Just don't be annoyed at the US when you show an adult sitcom to 12-15 year olds and they absorb the wrong message. You make it seem like a deliberate choice, while most of the time it is not. T.V. channels show these sitcoms (that are still not adult IMHO) because they are cheap and they have a hi...
by Le Téméraire
Fri Apr 09, 2010 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conservative Political Views
Replies: 45
Views: 6783

Re: Conservative Political Views

Telchar wrote:That's kind of a problem with conservatives and literature in general. See Ayn Rand.

Thanks, I learned something new today. I did not know anything about objectivism. Is Ayn Rand considered as a conservative? Her ideas seem rather radical to me...
by Le Téméraire
Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

if there's no government to enforce anything, I mean, can't that be spoiled pretty quickly? Yes, and this has been stated before in this thread, although perhaps not explicitly. A society, like this Utopian Communism, that can not cope with the needs and wants of the individual will sooner or later...
by Le Téméraire
Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

Isn't this just an issue between any different cultures that are shared? Conflicts are bound to occur unless everyone is identical. I'd imagine it doesn't bother a LOT of people because they are the ones watching said shows (else they wouldn't be shown). I mean I guess its a valid reason to dislike...
by Le Téméraire
Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

Seriously, when was the last time that an older generation approved of the behavior of the younger? Especially when it comes to sexual morals or behavior. Well, that is just a faulty generalization. Recent research showed that in Belgium for example, people in their twenties have more stringent mor...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

Le Temeraire, why should the sexual mores of Americans be something an outsider cares much about? The views on sex in countries like Italy or Lebanon or Thailand seem to me at least as weird and multi-facetted as the views of Americans, and they don't affect me much either. Even single individuals ...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

I can believe (and history has proven this, east-Germany is a good example) that some people are motivated by the idea that they are helping society or making a better society. Still, for every person that thinks like that, there is another that is not motivated by this. Every communist or socialis...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Unfortunately we may have been caught up in extremes. Yes, and we are going off track here. The main discussion was about job distribution and how Utopian Communism would handle this. I am still not convinced that "position in society" or "society gain" is enough for a good and ...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

hypocrite You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. 'Conservative' or 'repressed' would certainly work. I admit that perhaps I use the word hypocrite more loosely then its definition allows, and perhaps, as a non-native English speaker I am missing a negative connot...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

personal gain comes from society gain. In RL the same applies. When you vote for your President or Prime Minister, do you vote for yourself, or for your society? How do you gain personally by voting? All you are doing is voting for a policy that is more in line with your own philosophy of society. ...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

But this? Saying that sex ed promotes sexual assault of children? That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. That's the point. If it had been anything short of insane, we wouldn't be having this conversation right now. Restraint doesn't make headlines. Okay, but that is your opinion. You think ...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

Because your Utopian Communism expressly disclaims the threat of poverty that keeps proles going to their shit jobs and doing a good-enough job. Why should they work hard? What are you going to do, fire them? You said it yourself- the bonus for being employed is small. They're not going to be out o...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Utopian Communism - Can it work?
Replies: 148
Views: 15241

Re: Utopian Communism - Can it work?

You still haven't addressed the big problem: who picks up the garbage? It's a physically demanding, smelly job that doesn't impress women. If the penalty for not working is small- and you said it was- how many people will be willing to spend their days heaving sixty-pound sacks of refuse onto a tru...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

Hypocrisy? Hardly. Nobody is saying one thing and doing another. It's just a rural politician trying to get some press, because notoriety may not be as good as fame, but it sure beats obscurity. Surely you have these people in Belgium, too. (I keep forgetting that District Attorneys are elected off...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 19659

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

During the French revolution, the French government proposed a decimal calendar and hour system . Even in this new calendar, a year consisted of twelve months (all the rest was decimal though, three décades in a month, 10 days in a décade, 10 hours in a day, 100 minutes in an hour, 100 seconds in a ...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

You know what really annoys me about the United States?

It is hypocrisy like this.
by Le Téméraire
Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Leftism
Replies: 30
Views: 5154

Re: Leftism

Try this: Communism: ⋅ capitalism can be overthrown only with revolution ⋅ the governement should be a dictatorship of the proletariat ⋅ workers exercise direct political power via councils ⋅ religion and nationalism are a societal false consciousness ⋅&n...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cocktails
Replies: 356
Views: 167877

Re: Cocktails

My two most favorite cocktails of the moment: "Royal" Margerita ⋅ 1 part lemon juice ⋅ 1 part Grand Marnier ⋅ 2 parts tequila ⋅ Sift and pour over a lot of finely crushed ice in a glass with salted rim Negroni Sbagliato (a wrong negroni) ⋅ ...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conservative Political Views
Replies: 45
Views: 6783

Re: Conservative Political Views

Fume Troll wrote:Information Is Beautiful have an interesting right vs. left graphic


Your graphic has a higher entertainment value than it has an information value. And it does only apply to US politics. It is a very nice graphic though.
by Le Téméraire
Thu Mar 25, 2010 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conservative Political Views
Replies: 45
Views: 6783

Re: Conservative Political Views

To explain conservative politics, one needs a good definition of what it is and also, of what it is not. First off, free market economics, libertarianism and small government have nothing to do with conservatism per se. Conservatism as a political idea is a third way between liberalism/libertarianis...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about Jesus Land?

Empire wise, you'd expect the model to be "better" than other systems: Greek, Persian, Roman, British all had strong claims to this. Jesus Land, cannot - a simple survey of foreign countries (Central Jesus Land, Southern Jesus Land, Asia) where American Empire has been involved has not le...
by Le Téméraire
Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about Jesus Land?

But part of Jesus Land goes far, far beyond this. To say, for example, with Anne Coulter that "Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims" is to imply that one has never so much as heard of the Tamil Tigers, I.R.A., E.T.A., Timothy McVeigh or other such organisations o...
by Le Téméraire
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about Jesus Land?

I would especially like to address the criticisms leveled against things such as the Tea Party movement, libertarianism in the most common US babies, and the right to bear arms, which share a tolerably apparent common background. It seems to me that many dismiss these immediately as 'scary', the Te...
by Le Téméraire
Wed Mar 24, 2010 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about Jesus Land?

Look, I can make lists like that about almost any country in the world. But lists do not bring any arguments to this discussion. If you mean, "valid points," then you might have one. But, remember, "arguments" can ALSO YOU GUYS: mean "pointless recriminations:" Yes, th...
by Le Téméraire
Tue Mar 23, 2010 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 31057

Re: What does the world hate about America?

I could not resist, so here is the opinion of a true narrow minded, semi-nationalist, elitist European ;-) I do not hate USA! (*PHEW* I am glad that is of my chest.) There are a lot of things I like about USA and US citizens and there a lot of things about USA that I do not understand or that I do n...
by Le Téméraire
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: My Mom is AWESOME
Replies: 32
Views: 4030

Re: My Mom is AWESOME

This thread reminds me of the Fast Show

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