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  1. Robert Graves.
  2. That's because ECB monetary policy serves Germany, and only Germany.
  3. It's amusing to recall that from the 1930s until the 1970s, "capitalism" was a term analogous to "fascism" in the Western political lexicon - it was a term used primarily by its opponents, rather than its adherents. Only Communists ever described the post-war Western economy as capitalist - to do so conjured up images of the Depression, and class war - for non-Communists it was the Mixed Economy/Free Enterprise. By the same token, the likes of Hayek were prophets in the wilderness for decades, cheerfully ignored until the political class that could actually remember the Depression had retired. Ironically, the reverse now seems to be happening. It has been three and a half decades since any major Western country made a serious effort to implement socialism, and over a quarter of a century since the break-up of the Soviet Union. For younger people, labels like socialism or even communism have accordingly lost much of their negative sting - and they are also too young to remember the last desperate efforts* to maintain the post-war economic consensus. You're thus seeing the leftist prophets emerge from the political wilderness, much like Hayek did. *Yes, the right-wing theme-park version of the 1970s is nonsense. The point though is that it's tough to use that as a boogeyman for people who weren't even alive under Carter - but who most certainly can remember the Great Recession.
  4. There's the caveat that Mississippi is even more racist racially polarised than Alabama. You've got more blacks to play with, but the whites are even more Republican. I think the priority now ought to be Georgia. Large black population, the whites are less Republican than Alabama or Mississippi, and there's the Atlanta Metro. The state will, eventually, flip on demographics, but it needs help first. Wyoming... perhaps. But I'd go after the Dakotas first. Unlike Wyoming, both of them have a history of electing Democrats to congress.
  5. The key to undoing voter suppression is the Governorship and the Secretary of State. Target those positions with the campaign infrastructure from this election, and see what happens.
  6. If he switched parties, he'd be primaried. Just ask Parker Griffith about Alabama Democrats who try that trick in the modern era. Edit - Ah, you meant voting with the Republicans, rather than joining them.
  7. The Senate map has Democrats playing defence in North Dakota, Indiana, Montana, Ohio, and West Virginia. And those will be seriously tough holds.
  8. Currently listening to Sweet Home Alabama with a stupid grin on my face.
  9. Well done, Alabama.
  10. Jones now in front in counted votes, with remaining areas looking positive.
  11. Things looking positive so far...
  12. The North's lack of a navy is one of the biggest world-building holes in the book.
  13. No need to blockade them - the North has no ships, and there's no point for smugglers to get involved, since what are the North going to use as payment? Nor does size stop them starving - the North is in an extremely precarious situation, and reliant on stored food. Take out that stored food, and prevent them from getting more, and they're screwed. It also helps that the choke points you do want - White Harbour, Bear Island - are coastal, for ease of supply, year-round access to fish, and a milder climate.
  14. In a medieval setting, it is easier to transport people and food over sea than land. The fact of the matter is that you wouldn't need a full-scale invasion force, a la Barbarossa. You'd just need to seize the relevant choke points on the coast, and wait until the North starves. Attacking inland is suicide.
  15. Generally, you get what you're given as far as covers are concerned. At least for the major publishers. Small publishers can be more flexible.