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  1. US Elections - furniture shopping with disaster

    You think Donald Trump treats women he does want to have sex with with respect either? Where are those sexual assault accusations coming from, then?
  2. IIRC, he was in the UK when the charges leveled against him in Sweden became public.
  3. U.S. Elections: Orange is the New Wack

    I remember some BBC documentary about Joe Exotic a few years back. The man is absolutely crazy.
  4. U.S. Elections: Orange is the New Wack

    The obvious one would be HRC's hawkish foreign policy, which is indeed a step back from Obama (who wasn't entirely great either, but still a massive step forward from Bush the Lesser). That said, I'll still prefer the devil I know to the devil nobody knows. Hillary's foreign policy is not necessarily something I'm looking forward to, but at least, I know what to expect, in broad strokes. On the other hand, Trump's statements about NATO, Japan, the Koreas and nuclear weapons, as well as his adoration of Vladimir Putin, are absolutely frightening. Or, in other words, I think Hillary's foreign policy is wrong, but it is wrong within normal parameters. Trump's foreign policy, on the other hand, is not even wrong - or a policy. It's just the rambling stream of consciousness of a thin-skinned narcissist who shouldn't be anywhere near the nuclear codes. ETA: Oh well, looks like I'm late for the party...
  5. The problem on that front aren't just the parties though. The main problem is the First Past the Post voting system. The indispensable CGP Grey has had a number of nice videos on this, the most important being this one.
  6. Hamilton v Jefferson: A Game of Madison In The Middle

    I admit, I think CU, while a slight overreach, is not totally unreasonable in and of itself. The decision that, in my eyes, is indeed a clear step in the wrong direction is Hoby lobby - because it establishes properties of corporations like religion that, before that, were the sole domain of natural persons.
  7. Hamilton v Jefferson: A Game of Madison In The Middle

    No, I don't think corporations are automatically bad. However, I think their political influence should be minimized (it can't be entirely eliminated without also restricting citizen's rights, so I'm against that) Due process is indeed a bit more complicated. I admit I'd favor a slight rewriting of that to accomodate for continued due process for corporations while making sure their rights are not extended beyond the necessary minimum freedoms they need to operate.
  8. Hamilton v Jefferson: A Game of Madison In The Middle

    @Mlle. Zabzie Good point. However, the First amendmend specifies the freedom of the press as distinct from the freedom of speech. I would therefore posit that the inclusion of the clause "...or of the press,..." creates an explicit exception for the case of the First Amendment that shouldn't be automatically extended to the other Amendments, or even a conflation of the freedom of the press and freedom of speech.
  9. Hamilton v Jefferson: A Game of Madison In The Middle

    Scot, Could corporations be granted citizenship? Should we then grant corporations voting rights? Should they be able to run for office? See, I have no problem with treating corporations as equivalent to people in the context of contract law, but they absolutely shouldn't be people in the sense of granting them civil rights.
  10. @kairparavel I've spent the last few days incessantly listening to the Hamilton soundtrack. The idea of HRC as a Miranda-esque Burr, with Trump a far darker version of LMM's Hamilton, makes a ton of sense to me. Or, as he said during his SNL skit:
  11. U.S. Elections: Trumpsterfire Unchained

    It is, but seeing the current GOP in power is a pretty scary prospect, too. That might eventually change, but I'm not sure how long it's going to take - they don't seem to have learned all that much from the failures of the Bush administration, or been in any way constructive during the Obama years... and now they double down on all that with Trump. As I said above, I rather expect either a populist shift with the Republicans, leading to the left wingers to abandon the Democrats too, or, if the far left and far right don't come to any agreement, for a kind of three-party system similar to the one the UK had for some decades before the rise of the SNP which will ultimately crumble, but which will indeed be dominated by the centrist Democrats (with, in that scenario, the Chamber of Commerce type Republicans added) on the national scale for a few decade.
  12. U.S. Elections: Trumpsterfire Unchained

    It seems to me that US politics has, most of the time, not been divided along the economic axis of left and right, but rather along an axis of a technocratic constitutionalist party vs. a populist democratic party. Think Federalists vs. Jeffersonian Democrats, or the alignment of the parties between Lincoln and FDR (roughly speaking). Yes, there are economic arguments intertwined in these questions, but the current ideological sorting is a very recent phenomenon. So we might well see a future where the far left and the right-wing band together to form a populist party against an increasingly centrist Democratic party (ironically, as the Democrats were historicaly the party of populism...). The focus of the populists would be wildly different in different states though, and economic policy on many questions would become decoupled from party identity again - you'd have both right- and left-wing populists in one party and several flavors of economic policy in the technocratic party. The one economic fault line, in that model, might well be free trade, for example.
  13. U.S. Elections: Trumpsterfire Unchained

    But what you want here is a law prohibiting employers from firing employees. That is, in libertarian terms, government intrusion into the rights of business owners. You can absolutely delight in politically incorrect humor in private, but doing so at a public speaking event as the public face of an organization might still get you in trouble with your employer. I can also tell you, from first hand experience working with second- and third generation immigrant Muslims in Europe that most of them are fully integrated members of society. I see no massive problem with letting them into the country as long as we make sure the laws apply to everybody equally. And most "SJW"s I know of are against the death penalty. So no, they're not demanding blood. They're just using their rights of assembly, speech and the freedom not to buy stuff to encourage better behavior from others. Which, again, is perfectly in line with the principles of democracy or libertarianism.
  14. U.S. Elections: Trumpsterfire Unchained

    You have the right to be offensive. You will not be prosecuted for it. However, your employer may well decide that them continuing to procure your services will lead to negative PR for them so that even if your services are valuable in and of themselves, you're a liability to the company's baseline and have to be fired. Free market principles. Stock-holder value maximization. I thought conservatives cared about them. I guess I was wrong... Oh, and if you want better protections for employees, you're not going to find allies within the conservative movement... better talk to those pesky unions instead, they're specializing in that kind of thing. But I guess they'll be too left-wing for your liking.
  15. US Elections 2016: Why we can't have nice things

    The disturbing part is not the idea that losing candidates might be under investigation at some point for some suspected crime or another. The disturbing part is that who gets investigated should not be a decision for the president to make.