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Comment: Re:Conservatism (Score 5, Insightful) 301

I think you find that totalitarians of any political bent are the ones who want "top-down, society-comes-from-the-government policies. " Yes, in America the liberal whackjobs are more likely to call for totalitarianism. However, when it comes to actual government leaders and what it is that they actually do with their power, I think you will find very little difference between "liberal" and "conservative" in the march towards increasing government control. They only differ on the route they take, supposed liberals take the welfare/healthcare/gun-control route while supposed conservatives take the military/DHS/War-on-Drugs route. The "conservative embrace of a constitutional republic's checks and balances" is only embraced by the conservative voters, not the people they elect to represent them. Ron Paul being the exception that proves it. Look to effect of the NDAA 2012 combined with the Enemy Expatriation Act and the level of bi-partisan support for those Constitution destroying bills.

Comment: Re:Only choice (Score 1) 513

by Original Replica (#39632477) Attached to: Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn Resigns After $1.7 Billion Loss
Having a brick and mortar option is important. One of Best Buy's big problems was "showcasing", where people would come in, look and touch the physical products, deciding which they wanted, and then go search the internet for the lowest prices. This also highlights a big problem with modern capitalism: if a company isn't eternally growing, then they are deemed a failure. Simply providing goods and services and jobs doesn't count as success. It's only if you have ever rising stock prices that you are "successful".

Comment: Re:Few to admit it, but a lot of parents teach thi (Score 1) 1208

by Original Replica (#39631355) Attached to: Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired

Or do they simply learn that their roles aren't valued by society and take any chance they can to assert dominance

Therein cementing their devaluation by society. The only way that anti-black racism will go away in America is for the vast majority of black people to identify productivity, competence and civility as their cultural hallmarks, and actively separate themselves from the black people who don't uphold those ideals. (in much the same way as average white people actively separate themselves from white trash) As proof of concept, look to the Asian-Americans. Asians are just as visually distinctive, yet very little discrimination comparatively, there is even some preferential treatment in the job market.

Comment: Re:Few to admit it, but a lot of parents teach thi (Score 1) 1208

by Original Replica (#39630989) Attached to: Internet Responds To Racist Article, Gets Author Fired
In the areas of theft, robbery, and violent crime the demographic break down of convictions is very close to the demographic break down reported to the police by the victims. There is not an inherent racism in the justice system along that line. It would be just as ridiculous to say that there is inherent sexism in the justice system because the vast majority of convicts are male. Even when a crime victim identifies their attacker as a male, the police should look at women as well when searching for the assailant, just to make sure they aren't being sexist.

While it has nothing to do with racial genetics, there is an American sub-culture, largely among urban blacks, that is accepting or even encouraging of criminal activity. Thug Life ideals are just as much a generator of crime and violence as Aryan Nation ideas, yet the they have very different levels of acceptability in general society. The first step towards fixing a problem is admitting that there is a problem.

Comment: Re:How about sharing? (Score 1) 418

by Original Replica (#39629893) Attached to: FBI Says American Universities Infiltrated by Spies

When did the competition between countries end in your world?

When we realized that the competition only serves to increase the wealth and power of the aristocracy (in what ever form it takes in different countries)

Any rich country will sooner carpet bomb a poor country that lower it's standard of living to reach the average.

Obviously false. The US exported it's entire manufacturing sector to China to do exactly the opposite of that. It raised China towards the average and stagnated the US median, while vastly increasing the wealth of the aristocracy.

Comment: Re:Boo hoo for the dinosaurs (Score 4, Insightful) 278

Which is why we need a law that requires the claimant to pay for the defense's legal costs if the case is found to be frivolous or abusive. I believe there is such a law in the UK. I shed no tears for textbook publishers getting their well deserved comeuppance.

Comment: you could only use it in a 1st amendment zone (Score 1) 2

by Original Replica (#38297986) Attached to: Civil liberties through complex mathamatics?
Building any information distribution system that would be too difficult for the government to shut down would likely be labeled as an act of cyber-terrorism and the builder and users would be subject to military detention under the NDAA. You can't use the internet like the when it's 1984.

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