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Comment Gov't policy can (and did) prevent hording (Score 1) 301

Hording is only a problem in two scenarios: a) inaction, in other words leave things up to the invisible hand. In this case wealth concentrates at the top like it did during the dark ages and like it's doing now or b) Venezuela, where their entire economy is based on 1 commodity and that commodity just plummeted in value. You solve a) with public policy to prevent wealth inequality (like the 90% marginal tax rate the US had for income over $2 million in the 50s). You solve b) with simple human decency (aid to economically hurting nations in the form of 0% interest loans). Again, as long as you don't try to "leave well enough alone" it's all fixable.

Basically, ask yourself when, in your life, have you had a difficult problem that was best solved by ignoring it?

Comment You lost me at "full gold" (Score 1, Interesting) 301

I assume you mean a currency backed by gold. A modern economy can't do that. There isn't enough gold to back the currency needed for us to keep track of all the transactions we're doing. You run out and the system slows to a crawl and eventually collapses. Humans do more stuff than we have gold to track it with unless you're driven the exchange rate to the point of being meaningless (1 ounce gold = $1 trillion?). That's why we came off the gold standard. And frankly, we've got better things to do with gold (conductors) than let is sit around in brick form making nervous people feel comfortable about their access to wealth.

The only fault of communism is that you can never reach it's end state ( public ownership of the means of production ). Communism involves a massive transfer of ownership from the ruling class to the working class done in one fell swoop. Nobody's every pulled that off without ownership being transferred to a different ruling class instead. The closest I've seen is Venezuela, but they're a one trick pony (oil) so every time the price of it drops their entire country crashes. The correct answer is Social Democracy of the sort Obama & Hilary are trying to move us to. Very slowly, and very painfully, I might add, but trying nonetheless.

Comment Click bait x 1000 (Score 1) 301

Communism is like dropping the word "Nazi" but in reverse.

Besides, the goal isn't necessarily to maximize GDP. If it as North Korea would be doing more trading. For the ruling class the goal is to maximize their cut of GDP. For the left the goal is to raise everyone to the best standard of living possible within the limits of our tech. As for communism: doesn't work. Marx figured workers would seize the means of production and then distribute the result. The trouble is you never get past the "dictatorship" part in "dictatorship of the proletariat".

That's why Social Democracy exists. Instead of eliminating capitalism you just regulate the shit out of it. The system's biggest flaw is it's complex and it's easy to convince rubes it won't work because it like any real solution to a complex problem you're constantly fixing/tweaking/improving it. People want to believe they can fix something once and it'll never break again. That's where "conservativism" comes from.

Comment She's balancing out Bernie (Score 1) 317

Bernie got _lot_ of concessions in the party platform. Like it or not she's got to balance that with the party's right wing. There's not enough left wing voters to get her in office. Also speaking of "Like it or not" there's Wall Street to consider. You can't just pretend those guys don't exist. You'll lose.

Hilary's biggest problem is the same one Obama has: She's actually planning on governing. That means she has to compromise, form alliances and work within the system. The only way to really "tear down" the system is with horrible, horrible violence. That sounds nice when it's happening somewhere in the Middle East. Not so much when it's in your own city.

Comment Did anyone else think (Score 1) 35

Sonic Mania looks like a very nice kickstarter video? It's probably the constant appeals to nostalgia. What I real want is those Android ports of Sonic 1&2 that were done by the same team that did the Sonic CD remake to show up on Steam. Sonic CD looks fantastic on my TV, but I don't feel like buying an Android micro console for 2 games.

Also can we ditch the Dystopia theme for Sonic 2017? It's a Sonic game. It's OK to be bright and silly. Sonic Generations only had those levels because it borrowed them Sonic 2007, the worst game since ET 2600.

Comment With whose water (Score 1) 428

Dummy? That land is 8k for a reason. Where are you going to get water to grow food? There's a reason nobody settled there, ya know? The reason the America southwest was settled was the govt paid to irrigate and developer land. It wasn't bootstrappy capitalists. You know why house prices are going up? Developers ran out of free land they could build on that you and me paid for. Christ..

Comment Fuck Amazon (Score 1) 49

and Fuck Student loans. College shot up in price because we cut all the federal funding we used to give public Universities. That wasn't by accident. It was lobbied for by banks. It's a win-win. They can pocket the money once as tax cuts and again on massive interest from the loans. What I haven't figured out is how they convinced so many otherwise very intelligent people that a small uptick in Administrative costs is to blame vs the billions in Federal funding & grants that went missing.

Comment I think the thing is he has nothing to fear (Score 4, Insightful) 197

economically. Not at his income level. There's little doubt he's got a healthy golden parachute. Being afraid for things like surveillance generally requires quite a bit of economic insecurity. You have to believe the world can and will turn on you at some point, which is an odd thought to have if you've spent all or most of your adult life without worrying about money. It's an entirely different outlook on life you'd only get from a member of the ruling class. The 20th century equivalent to "Let them eat cake".

Comment Can't speak to Indian Affairs (Score 1) 322

but everybody I know on the VA loves the stuff and would sooner chop their own arms and legs off than go back to "private" insurance. I do know one bloke who's a friend of a friend that says medical care on the Res is fine, but it's one of the tribes flush with Casino money out of Arizona so take that with some salt. Things could be different for the poorer tribes.

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