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  1. Ok, let’s be honest. The US is a very flawed democratic system. To flawed to be called democratic at all in the 21st Century. This goes for the House, Senate and presidency. Then there comes the money issue. Sole Private financing of parties via donors is always dangerous and considering how much money is in the US political system, that’s a whole different level. unless massive changes are undertaken, nothing will get better. Trump was just the beginning. The US system is ripe to be overtaken by a smart, intelligent demagogue. Fortunately Trump was too much of a narcissist to be really smart. And still he got 74 million votes. Next time, fine tune a little bit more. Pander to the Latinos a little bit more. Many of them are socially conservative. It’s really easy actually, especially as the average education level in the US is not very high. Take someone of the intelligence and calmness of Putin and put him into the US.
  2. Due to Ned and the Stark POVs from the beginning, many readers got a very wrong impression of House Stark. Ockham‘s razor: you don’t become and stay King of Winter for hundreds/thousands of years without being absolutely ruthless. Especially in an environment with houses like the Boltons, Umbers etc around. No one stays the ruling dynasty by always playing nice and honorable. If integrity is your prime motif, then better become an outlaw, not a dynasty of kings. The books made it very clear actually with Ned and Robb. And Stannis. The Starks all in all were no different than the Lannisters.
  3. Great show about a history defining event. One of the most fear-inducing horror battles in history thanks to the overall setting. I am not a fan of counterfactual history but the ramifications of Teutoburg Forrest are immense.
  4. Arakan

    Bakker LVII

    Problem with TAE: the last two books are simply boring as a whole, and too self-consciously trying to be super edgy, super daaaaark and bleak. Sorry, I am not a 13 year old teenager. A good editor could have made one good book out of the last two. But well. Regarding whale mothers: never understood the outcry. So the Dunyan enslaved their women and reduced them to breeding cattle. That’s it. Evil for sure. But come on, we have a lot of Americans in these threads. Your country reduced people to exactly that, breeding cattle, not too long ago. Based on pigments. What I want to say: the concept of whale mothers is not so outlandish. It’s just lame and not even a good Hommage to Herbert. Just lame and crying for validation. Edgy.
  5. Generally speaking, I find it great that the British and the US are having those very difficult self-reflective discussions about their past. Really about time. I hope the French will join soon. It will be a hurtful process but one which is worth it. My country, Germany, went through it from 1945-70 and then again especially in the 1990s. It’s difficult and the usual suspects will give the usual arguments. But they will lose in the end because they do no argue from a point of rationality and objectivity even though they sometimes pretend otherwise. Seen it all. From my Central European standpoint glorifying Churchill by the British due to his WW2 achievements (the only positive ones in his career) is almost as ridiculous as glorifying Stalin by some Russian / Ex-Soviet citizens. And it can be argued that from an emotional POV the latter is more understandable, given the fact that the Russians fought a fight against extermination which Britan never faced. Churchill a beacon of civilization and democracy? Give me a break. An imperialist, a white supremacist, a fighter for a rigid unjust class system and a inherently unjust society (British Empire).
  6. Ukraine was the bread basket of the Russian Empire and in many ways the cultural heartland. As I said just a scenario. There are always ways. All empires one day collapse. Just in the last century: the Ottoman Empire, the Russian Empire, German Empire, French Empire, British Empire, Austrian Empire. Things happen.
  7. No only the North East :))). But see it as brainstorming;). People should study the collapse of the Soviet Union which actually was the Russian Empire with a different political doctrine. Quite a few similarities there. Just be flexible. Ethnic tensions vs racial tensions class struggle: an elite with zero grounding in reality vs the struggling masses Overpowered military complex ruthless interior forces / police / paramilitary imperial overstretch: conflict involvements all over the world with inadequate Exit strategies rising paranoia of the military / state agencies just food for thoughts
  8. And why not borders should not be sacrosanct. Let the people decide about their future. As I see it from afar and as someone who has visited the States quite often: the division between the people is getting bigger and bigger. A simple „let’s continue“ solves nothing.
  9. The optimum would be: 1) an East Coast state including New England, NY/NJ plus Chicago 2) a West Coast state: CAL/Oregon/Washington 3) the Rest would such a Split truly be so awful?
  10. As a European I can tell you: nothing is ever written in stone. The Russian Empire / Soviet Union collapsed and so can the US. Not very likely but possible nonetheless.
  11. Nothing is ever truly written in stone. Everything is in flow. I see a possible future with 3 new North American countries where we now have one. All three powerful nations but not hyperpowers. Awesome future. A truly multipolar world where cooperation is the only way forward. If it happens at least something good came out of Trump.
  12. CSU? I am a Bavarian socialist :)).
  13. Trump is the Definition of a weakass bully who wants to look strong. There is no denying that he secretly loves Hitler. His love for the authoritarian strongman shows it. But he is a clown. The true devil is the Republican Party. Callous and malicious. Trump is stupid, just a puppet.
  14. Forget my country. build a country on the principles of equality and justice, not greed. Build a country on the principle of a socially responsible market economy. Build a country on the principle of finding the best solution at all costs and not on the principle of winning at all costs. That’s the start. stop being self-righteous, stop speaking of yourself as God‘s own country, manifest destiny, best country in the world etc. build up a better democratic system, not fptp but proportional representation etc This is how you start.
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