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Comment Re:Brave New World (Score 1) 98

It's hard to have a smug sense of superiority over an automatic elevator.

One of the themes of the book was that people already had too much free time - kids were deliberately brainwashed into being more wasteful so that other people had a purpose. And what would efficiency gain you? Money?

Comment Re:Vigorous debate? Surely you jest (Score 1) 493

I think you're agreeing with my main premise.

The details matter. I have a libertarian bent, so what I responded to was when you said this: "That's what needs fixed, not putting businesses in charge of the markets."

That's a Big Government idea. Also, Republicans, traditionally, have not been very libertarian. Neither have Democrats. It's just that now the "progressive" left has won so many battles that they've gone batshit crazy with their authoritarian identity politics that they make Republicans look libertarian even on social issues.

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