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Comment Re:One more reason that such systems make no sense (Score 1) 308

In the US, "free market" doesn't mean an actual free market. I cannot think of a single one off the top of my head where it actually applies. The term "free market" in the US is invariably doublespeak. Crony capitalism does not a free market make.

Government is not the only way to work together in order to improve things. One of the great downfalls in the US is the growing belief that only through government can things be made better.

Comment Re:One more reason that such systems make no sense (Score 1) 308

In the USA, high school does nothing to prepare most students for higher education. The first year of university mostly entails unlearning the rote structure of previous schooling.

The exit exams, where they exist, are a joke unless you're talking about private or charter schools. Public education in the US is a mountain of fail.

Comment Re:The dilema ... (Score 1) 427

In large part, US an Russian espionage helped prevent the Cold War from turning hot due to how successful each side was in gathering intelligence. I'm not particularly a fan of how US intelligence operates based on publicly available documentation of how it works, but at least in this case the outcome was more positive than negative.

Comment Re:... grow a pair ? (Score 1) 426

The abolition of slavery began with the States, as did voting rights, women's rights, gay rights, and pretty much every other advancement of equality. They were eventually co-opted by the Federal government once the writing was on the wall that they couldn't be stopped. Just because States have done bad things does not mean States rights are not important.

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