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Comment: Why do we still have thousands of nukes? (Score 1) 122

by haaz (#47569091) Attached to: Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating
I remember the end of the Cold War. I thought we would eventually start dismantling most of the nuclear arsenal that's cost trillions of dollars to build and maintain. (I'm not even going to mention the cost of cleanup at this point.) So why do we still have the massive stockpiles? I understand that Russian nukes are a problem. I understand that Putin is not the nicest guy in the world, to say the least, and may not be that amenable to reducing his stockpile. But god knows the Russians will need to save money. As do we. Our roads and bridges are crumbling, but we still maintain these ICBMs... for what exactly? It's up to Congress to change this. I say it's time.

Comment: Re:How things become property (Score 2) 10

by Zontar The Mindless (#47537763) Attached to: Property is Moral Opposite of Liberty

Which leads us to... oh dear, pretty much where we are right now. Because there's no such thing as "free for the taking"; everything costs something to someone, somewhere.

The notion that at things can be taken from nature without any cost is (IMO) the central and fatal flaw underlying unbridled capitalism. See David Harvey, The Enigma of Capital.

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