Owning a Cat Does Not Lead To Mental Illness among humans [added by me]
I denounce the speciism displayed by Slashdot. What about the cats? Don't they need years of therapy after having been, gasp, owned by fugly, smelly, bizarre bipeds without feathers but with ample delusions of grandeur?
The phrase "both sides of the aisle" is itself a political statement, and a bullshit one at that. The majority of the US are independent voters. The "first past the post" voting system is allowing this duopoly and false dichotomy to keep gasping for air. We need real chances for other parties and a real representational voting system to allow that. I support approve/disapprove voting.
If you are prosperous, the government won't tax you down to the level of a welfare recipient
Yes, thankfully, it will not — not in the US today. But that's what the communists/socialists would like to be happening. And to farther this goal, they'll claim, that in the current situation we do not have "equality" — without specifying, which of the two very different equalities they mean.
TFA, clearly, talks about Equality of Results — catastrophes wipe everything out, making everyone equally poor. When ArmoredDragon questioned, whether this is at all desirable, s.petry replied, that "equality is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence" — and therefore must be desirable. The most delicious part was him, who just substituted one term for another, accusing others of "false equivalence"!..
Your explanation is so black and white
The equalities of Opportunity and Results are completely different — like black and white. Worse, while black and white are merely colors, the two equalities aren't a matter of taste — one is a must for a just egalitarian society, the other is highly oppressive.
And yet, various demagogues routinely use the trick of equivocation to confuse the audience by referring to the two interchangeably. It is this dishonest demagoguery, that my post was aimed to counter — the aim, which gives it value.
Yes, and after the wars the US economy boomed on exports to countries with devastated labor forces. This drove up competition for labor in the US market, increasing prices and expanding the middle class.
That's kind of a myth. Technology that helps fight wars might have civilian uses, but usually it's the other way around. Civilian and agnostic technology gets adapted for war.
Not better, just more equal.
Old white guys have all the money.
At least on paper, there was a difference in between cooperatively owned one and government owned ones (kolkhoz).
I am not sure, what your background is, but you are confusing things. "Kolhoz" was ostensibly collectively-owned ("kol" for "Kolletive"), although in reality the government exercised full control. The bona-fide government farming enterprises were named "sovhoz" ("sov" for "Soviet"). There was nothing else...
"Cooperative" was a way to obtain an apartment — for lots of money and additional labor — it had nothing to do with means of production.
False equivalency. The push for equality is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence
What the Declaration enshrines is the Equality of Opportunity : we all have the same rights and obligations, our results depend on what we do with them.
What Altantic and other crypto-commies are talking about is Equality of Results — whatever you do in life, your results will be roughly the same as those of everybody else. If you prosper, the government will tax you. If you suck, the government will subsidize you.
False equivalency indeed!
Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson