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Comment Re:You just now started worrying? (Score 3, Interesting) 357

I'm not sure why Libertardians can't figure out that actual liberals and progressives aren't tied to the thoroughly-corrupted Democratic party, we just don't have any viable alternatives in most elections.

No kidding. The really sad thing is that libertarian candidates could be that viable alternative, if they would just understand that the tragedy of the commons is a real thing and that government is a legitimate means of solving it, and tone down the economic extremism. Progressives and libertarians substantially agree on social policy (except for affirmative action), after all!

Comment Re: Why do people keep using Windows? (Score 2) 160

And then there's the fragmentation issue. Should they use Redhat or Suse or Yellowdog (wait what?) or Ubuntu or Kubuntu? What's the difference? Explained in phrasing that makes sense to somebody with a degree in Political Science?

That part should be easy to explain to those types. "Those are several vendors competing for the same market, so if things go wrong you can switch between them without having to completely retrain your tech people. If you start having problems with Windows too bad - Microsoft is the only provider".

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 684

On the contrary, allowing people to outcompete each others on who works for less is what causes poor people to run out of options. If you work the whole day for slightly less than a subsistence salary, there's no room for doing something that will improve your life.

Slavery is doesn't appear because "by definition" someone is forced to do something against their will, it happens because some removes all other options from you, so that the other possible voluntary alternative is death.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 684

Did you really just compare forced labor with the threat of harm and/or death to voluntary employment?

There's a difference in degree only, not semantics. When people live in a region so poor and uneducated that all jobs and communication with the external world are provided by a single landowner, there isn't much difference between being a free peasant or a slave. This advice coming from someone living in a country which was governed by that model for several centuries.

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