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  1. I'm not going to disagree with you there. What I meant is rather that the SPD doesn't seem able or willing to play political hardball, tout their own accomplishments, or otherwise determine the tone and content of the conversation most of the time. Their reliable/sensible/boring position is hampering them at a time where they are entirely in the position to dictate terms - not just on policy (where they're not always great but also not uniquely terrible), but also on personnel and coalition matters. After the last Grand Coalition and the Schmidt debacle, they have no reason to trust the CSU at all, so forcing an in-Union split might well be an interesting development.
  2. Why not shoot a little bit higher and require that the CSU not be included in the coalition talks or government and the Greens be brought in as well? The SPD is in a rather strong position here... but then, it's the SPD. They're not going to use their strong negotiating position for anything.
  3. @Theda Baratheon Sure, I'd prefer for there to be spaces where I can actually talk to other men about such issues, too. With some of them, I can - probably not so coincidentally, most of them are gay. But many more men are stuck in some kind of perpetual hamster wheel of social hierarchy where you can only succeed by exploiting your fellow man's weaknesses. I hate that competition with the passion of a thousand suns. We certainly need better role models for men, and even more importantly, we absolutely need to reassess our cultural values that judge men not by their moral value but their career, quantity (not quality) of sex life, and stoicism. It hurts all of us, the men who have those opinions as well as those like me who disagree, and also the women and even children around us.
  4. @Toth From one German nerd uncomfortable with the tough guy act to another: A-fucking-men. I'm also sick and tired of this stoic tough guy act that many assume of me. Trying to adhere to that made me miserable, depressed and ultimately made me lose out on about five yours of my life trying to be something I'm not. I've also found the friendship of women better for my mental health simply because I can actually talk about my insecurities with them without being mocked.
  5. Sure, sounds swell. I'd not even argue that traditional masculinity is the problem. There's quite a number of them, many interlinked, but without a clear cause-effect relation. But it's certainly a considerable part of the problem.
  6. Yes, it could. Then we'd need to elect the Bundestag again. And while I think I had a decent grasp of the last election, this one might well turn into a giant unpredictable mess
  7. You do realize that you just declared my grandfather and my great-grandfather inhuman? Rest assured, they were human. They did really terrible things, but they still were just as human as you and me.
  8. I wish they weren't... but they are. The dynamics that made fascism so terrifying are hidden in many, probably even most, of us.
  9. I'd also argue that while respect for women certainly has markedly increased compared to Victorian times, that doesn't mean at all that the current status quo is in any way good enough. Yes, women can now own stuff, vote, and decide their own fate, and that's a good thing. But those old Victorian (and pre-Victorian) attitudes still linger on. Our culture is filled with media created in a time when women were essentially property of their fathers or husbands, robbed of their agency, or media influenced by those older examples. The knight in shining armor saving the princess and then marrying her (without ever asking who she wants to marry in the first place; she's just the reward, not an independent person) is one important example of this. We still see representations of this throughout all of our media, even those created very recently. So to say our education failed is true - but that doesn't mean that we should simply stop educating. It means we need to educate better, offer better role models for men and women, and teach people what is and isn't responsible behavior. Because no, people don't just know what responsible behavior is; most of us are just selfish pricks - as long as we don't know what we're doing is wrong. And much of the current backlash against women's rights comes from a place of not wanting that cherished innocence challenged. But it needs to be challenged. Because women matter.
  10. Indeed.
  11. Guess what. If nobody had guns, it would actually be more surprising. But that somehow never gets through to them.
  12. All the people, apparently. As Mother C stated in an earlier installment of this thread, as long as these acts are the deed of a minority of gun owners, (s)he won't agree to any regulation.
  13. Now that's some good news for once! Wishing you three all the best of times
  14. The Papadopoulos thing is indeed jawdropping. Here's a lawyer (though mainly copyright) reading and discussing this on youtube.
  15. @Darzin I wish that was still true. There has, however, been so much reactionary propaganda aimed at young white people being pushed that I fear the current adolescents might just as well end up majority fascist.
  16. Why not add Donnie Jr. into the mix?
  17. What solutions would you prefer then? Put your cards on the table. How do you want to achieve your goals, and what exactly are they in the first place?
  18. @Sword of Doom: He's been carrying water for Trump for close to two years now. And no, I don't think he's gullible at all. I fear Altherion is a true believer.
  19. Yes, Rajoy has been in power for quite some time, and the Socialists haven't been great either, I agree. But I think this reaction is going about three steps too far. It's a permanent solution to a temporary problem that would probably best be solved while staying inside Spain instead of opening a whole boatload of cans of worms by leaving, or instead by first finding allies for such a step before taking it. Just leaving, in this manner, at this time, and for these reasons is a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face. Sure it may feel good in the moment, but it leaves all those involved worse off in the long run. Does that mean the Spanish central government was in the right for refusing devolution earlier? Absolutely not. But what was necessary was a harder push in that direction, preferably coordinated with similar demands from Asturias, Galicia, Navarre and the Basque Country.
  20. Sure, but self-determination seems entirely possible for minorities inside a larger state, as long as that larger state is a federalized democracy. That's the difference between anticolonialism and the situation in Catalunya: the colonized have no say in the politics of the country they live in, that being entirely decided outside of their own borders. But Catalans could vote in elections for the Spanish parliament, and had their own regional parliament until very recently. The larger nation may allow a referendum on secession, but there is no moral obligation towards granting this. Yes, the current events have the potential to turn into oppression. And the last few weeks certainly don't look good. But until the referendum itself, there was no justification for taking irrevocable, unilateral action against a country that gave Catalans a vote in the past and was entirely willing to give them a vote in the next election, in which they could quite probably have gained a better government. Again, there was always the option of asking for more devolution of powers instead of taking the massive step this was going to be.
  21. Indeed, I think I would have had far less reservations had Catalunya declared independence directly after Franco's death. But right now, I simply don't see the case for the Catalans being oppressed. A push for greater autonomy would have been one thing. But an independence that simply leaves all the parties involved worse off is something that I can't throw my support behind.
  22. Netanyahu has been quite a central figure in this development, too. Notice how he seems to have despised Obama while buddying up to "'Jews will not replace us' Neonazis are actually good people" Trump. Those seem some very... strange bedfellows, personal connections going back to the 1980es notwithstanding. In some sense even stranger than the Trump-Putin thing, which is at least understandable in the sense that Trump seems to be a total Putin patsy while Obama didn't seem to be particularly fond of giving Vlad all that much leeway.
  23. Except in the case of the American Civil War, where somehow, the losers have managed to hold on to their Lost Cause idiocy for well over a century now.
  24. That's not what I said. My point was that there was one political movement in the past that combined those two positions because Marx was Jewish and so were many bankers. They were not particularly agreeable people, to say the least. I said nothing about the basis for your personal opinion.
  25. Indeed, there is only one political movement that I can think of that directly conflated communism and banking (by way of antisemitism...)