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  1. Gorn

    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    You haven't spent much time around toddlers, I assume?
  2. Gorn

    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    Violent video games might even be reducing the violence level in the society, especially with the teenage male demographic, by providing a safe way to discharge violent impulses. These discussions tend to ignore the fact that violent impulses are inextricable part of human nature, and that no external stimuli are needed; we are born that way.
  3. Gorn

    U.S. Politics: Moscow Mitch

    That's not a gaffe, that's clear evidence of mental decline. Let's just hope that Democratic primary electorate recognizes this in time.
  4. Gorn

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    I'll do that as soon as those on the right own Irish potato famine, Bengal famine (and various other famines in Indian Raj), and tens of millions of victims of colonialism in Africa and Asia as the human cost of the massive failure of capitalism.
  5. Gorn

    Video Games: Keanu Re3ves Is Breathtaking

    That's a pretty crazy map there. Did you turn off the historical scenarios? Things that stand out, besides the obvious things like Russia, UK and Mexico not existing any more: - Third Guanxi Clique holding most of China - "New Mongol Empire" - "Chinese Empire" which only owns a couple of worthless provinces in Central Asia. I'm guessing that Japan ignored China to focus on Russia instead, and that Chinese states went crazy on each other. - Why did Germany annex Hungary and Romania? - I'm surprised you didn't annex Croatia - Is that France in Sahara? - Is that independent Estonia? Never seen it before in HoI. - Columbia conquered Venezuela. - "Turkish Empire" with the same borders as regular Republic of Turkey.
  6. Gorn

    Workable Objectivism (Ayn Rand)

    And yet they, in turn, owe a debt to the system which provided legal, political and societal stability necessary for such an organization to grow; which protects them from foreign invasion; which guarantees their lives and property; which provides infrastructure necessary for any large-scale organization to exist; which protects the trade routes; which provides the workers with the education necessary for them to perform their jobs properly; etc. Not to mention that many of these "managerial geniuses" in the real world receive both direct and indirect government subsidies without which they couldn't function (an example from your free market utopia: https://www.gov.hk/en/business/supportenterprises/funding/index.htm). And that when their business fails, they run crying to that same big government asking for help (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troubled_Asset_Relief_Program).
  7. Gorn

    US Politics: Wondering the Acosta

    OK, I'll bite. Iowa and North Carolina voted for Obama; Alaska, Missouri and Louisiana had Democratic senators within recent memory; Montana and West Virginia already have Democratic senators; Texas and Georgia came to within a couple of percentage points in a non-presidential election year. Are Democrats going to win all of these races, or half of them, or even a quarter of them? Probably not. Would I bet money on (D) in any individual race? No. But if you attack on 22 different fronts, you will get a breakthrough somewhere you don't expect it.
  8. Gorn

    US Politics: Wondering the Acosta

    I don't know. If it's a normal election year, you're probably right. However, any election after an earth-shaking event such as ACA repeal would not be a normal election, it would be a wave election. And weird things happen in wave elections. Things like Democrats winning Senate seats in Alaska and Montana, or Republicans winning in Illinois and Massachusetts.
  9. Gorn

    US Politics: Wondering the Acosta

    Haven't you spent the entire 2016-2018 period telling everyone in these threads that Democrats had zero chances of winning the House due to gerrymandering? And the two years before that telling everyone how Clinton is the strongest possible candidate on D side who has zero chance of losing to Trump?
  10. Gorn

    US Politics: Wondering the Acosta

    If ACA actually gets repealed over the next year, that "unwinnable" 2020 Senate map will turn blue from sea to sea. The Republicans were slaughtered in 2006 for merely attempting to mess with Social Security, and then again in 2018 for merely attempting to mess with ACA.
  11. Gorn

    Workable Socialism

    As someone who was actually born in a socialist country, the reality of government-built housing doesn't have much resemblance to what you seem to be imagining. First, majority of people didn't get apartments from "the State", but from their own companies. In Yugoslavia, the companies weren't state-owned, but employee-owned. When a new part of the city was built, companies were given the option to finance construction out of their income, and in return were given a certain number of apartments to share out among their employees. There were "waiting lists" in each company, and whether you got an apartment and what kind of apartment you got depended on your position in the company, the number of years you've spent working for it, whether your family already owned a house, and the size of your immediate family. The State only gave out apartments to public employees, police and the military. There was also "solidarity housing", which was given out to the poor who couldn't qualify through other ways, which were financed through a portion of everyone's wages. Once you were assigned an apartment (unless it was temporary housing for the military personnel, etc), it was practically yours for life. You paid zero rent to anyone, you could retire, and the apartment would remain "yours". You would be responsible for maintaining it, while the common areas were maintained by a utility company which would send you a monthly bill. You could even rent out rooms to college students or singles (a lot of people did it, although I'm not sure if it was legal). However, only your spouse could inherit (edit: I was mistaken here, I remembered cases where children inherited although they had a different employer), and you couldn't sell it. When both you and your spouse died, the apartment would revert to its owner (either the company or the State). However, all of this existed in parallel to private property, without completely replacing it. After the World War II, only apartment buildings were nationalized, while private single-family houses remained private. You could sell it, pass it on to your children, rent out an empty floor - basically do anything you can do in the capitalist system. If you had money (or qualified for a bank loan), you could buy a plot of land and build a house on it and own it. My father had built a "weekend house" in a village which he fully owned, in addition to the apartment which was assigned to him. Was this public housing drab? Some of it was, some of it wasn't. I've lived in a "solidarity" apartment building which was very drab and low-cost - think gray twenty-floor buildings. However, the apartment that I've bought and that I'm currently living in was built for military officers, and it is very nice - much nicer than most of the new construction in my city. As Orwell said, some animals were more equal than others.
  12. Gorn

    Workable Socialism

    Have you actually read the links you've provided? Majority and plurality are two entirely different things. It is true that Syrians are the plurality of asylum seekers, but that is still a relatively small percentage of the whole. From your link for 2018 (emphasis mine): If 13.9% of total asylum seekers are Syrian, it means that 86.1% (or, "a vast majority", if you will) are non-Syrian. Which means that Iskaral's original statement is entirely correct, and possibly even understating the situation. Also, my county (Bosnia) is on one of the migrant routes, and Syrians are not even the plurality of the migrants. Data for 2018: Pakistan 32.5%, Iran 15.32%, Syria 12.62%, etc.
  13. Gorn

    Workable Catholicism

    It isn't, but its sheer size makes it one of the biggest offenders. Westboro Baptist Church is objectively worse, but its dogma affects the lives of, like, 40 people. Plus, two thousand years is a long time to collect baggage.
  14. Gorn

    Workable Catholicism

    Catholic Church is probably the oldest still active organization of any sort in the world, and during its existence, it was responsible for countless deaths and suffering. Most of historical evidence shows that, when Catholicism is the dominant religion in a society, it results in state oppression of other religions, societal stagnation, as well as widespread killings and torture. One can argue that the sins of medieval Catholicism cannot be tied to the modern Church, due to historical context and the widespread belief of that time that souls are infinitely more important than bodies. However, modern Church has many faults of its own - systematic discrimination against women and LGBTQ population, regressive stance on contraception which directly contributes to overpopulation and spread of AIDS, opposition to reproductive freedom and divorce... Not to mention systematic child abuse. Is the Catholic Church tainted beyond redemption, or can it be given a chance to reform itself and learn from its mistakes? I get to ask this because half of my family is Catholic
  15. Gorn

    Workable Socialism

    They are fully responsible for their actions, but the causes of those actions are inextricably tied to their historical context. It cannot be boiled down to "if Marxism, then authoritarianism".
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