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I think that Frank Herbert's points were these: Everyone is different, with different varying abilities. You might be good at math, I might not be. I might learn by doing, you might learn by reading. When people try to force people to meet a one size fits all standard so that everyone will be equal, it ends up creating injustices. Example: I'm not ...


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It just happens that scoring high in the indexes you listed - progressive policies, social mobility, education and income equality - all require the same two things: A productive economy which generates a lot of GDP The political will to tap into that GDP through taxation and spend those funds on social politics So any country which has these two things ...


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Another reason you cannot have a significant drop in house prices is that it would push millions of people into negative equity, which in itself would cause massive damage to the economy (not to mention ruining people's lives!). One particular thing to note is that we don't really have a housing shortage - what we have is a shortage of housing in the areas ...


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TL;DR - the government should print more, take less, and stop interfering Houses aren't that expensive. Land isn't that expensive. Land with planning permission is incredibly expensive. A hectare of brown field land without planning permission might sell for £16,000, and you'll get 12-14 reasonable houses on that. The cost of land for each house is ...


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Russia Today is a news network funded directly by the Russian government. You don't get anything with a stronger pro-Kremlin bias than them.


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The problem with this question is that you can not think of this as an objective mathematics optimization problem, because quantifying "benefit" and "suffering" is a completely subjective thing. So before you can answer the question what political system is the most optimized, you first have to agree on a consensus about what metrics to optimize for. ...


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The entire social contract tradition on which most modern forms of government are based depends on equality of certain rights. The Declaration of Independence states it rather clearly We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, ...


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I think an as-yet largely unaddressed point is the impact of planning permission. Trilarion mentions land being expensive, but this is true mostly due to artificial limits on supply. As an illustrative figure, an acre of arable Oxfordshire land typically costs under £10,000. With planning permission granted, this can increase by roughly 10,000% to ~£1 ...


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Cynical answer: The paragraph quoted seems like an ominous portent of the boredom to follow. They're just saying that over the centuries various authors have various differing definitions of "the State", and the present book's authors are either: genuinely uncertain which, if any, is the most useful and correct of these definitions, and are hashing out ...


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In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we should recognize that humans administer the ideals and that humans do not have equal ability." Caveat: my answer's main point is pretty similar to @TheLeopard's ...


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Okay, this requires a lot to unpack, but I'm going to try here. For the purposes of this discussion, I'll use two "controversial" statements one that will be agreeable to most US society including Facebook ("I like Fireworks on the Fourth of July") and one which is not ("Nickleback is the greatest band ever"). These are meant to avoid actually really nasty ...


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Facebook is not a government organization. It is a private company. As such, the first amendment does not restrict its right to free speech, it protects it. As a private company, they can decide what speech is and is not allowed on their platform. If the government would try to restrict the way Facebook moderates and distributes their content, then it would ...


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Spain has a constitutional monarchy. The term "constitutional monarchy" means that the king is stripped from the conventional powers -though he retains very limited power- an absolute king would have. This contradicts the term absolute monarchy where the king is the de facto ruler - Qatar and Saudi Arabia, for instance, are absolute monarchies. That being ...


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It's not an interesting quote politically or otherwise, because it's obvious. SF writers of Herbert's generation were prone to issuing frank and chronic updates of their educational misadventures. Herbert meant that his earlier too literal reading of a certain Jeffersonian premise eventually led him to a somewhat less over-literal interpretation. (Herbert'...


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The bit concerning you seems to be humans do not have equal ability. That is manifestly true though. Some people are strong, some are fast, some are smarter, some more intuitive. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and some are strong in many areas, others are weak in many. For example a special forces soldier has to be strong, fast, ...


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As a question on this stack, this seems to assume that the "best" system will be political in nature. That's not necessarily so. Many of the improvements from five hundred years ago are technological in nature. For example, indoor plumbing provides a wide array of benefits in terms of convenience and health. But that is a technology that didn't exist ...


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Political goods tend to reinforce each other. For example countries with good, free or cheap higher education tend also to have high social mobility. Moreover, an informed citizenry can hold the government to account more effectively. Whilst countries with robust welfare systems tend to do well with the overall health of the population. Hence countries high ...


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RT has been mentioned, but another worth nothing is Sputnik International. Without whom I would never have learned that not only does National Walrus Day exist, but it is November 24th. Their editorial bias is pretty much the Kremlin line, only they're aimed at an international audience. I was sad when they came to be, because they replaced RIA Novosti; ...


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The Dom (in North Africa and the Middle East) and Lom (in the Middle East) people are, insofar as I'm aware, relatively well integrated compared to their Romani cousins in Europe. The thing with North Africa and the Middle East is that they didn't have anything comparable to the level of Anti-Romanyism - culminating with the Porajmos during WW2 - that ...


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I will try to provide an answer from Romania's perspective which has one of the largest communities of Roma people: ~850000. It might also explain, at least in part, Bulgaria's issues in integrating Roma people. So, I will cover the final question, since it is more answerable: Why don't the Central/Eastern European countries use their [countries where ...


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What connects them seems to be some obvious (even to non-academic-politologists) facts. One of the most obvious is the trust in institutions: As per FiveThirtyEght (originally sourced from Gallup), trust in political institutions (and thus politicians) in USA is abysmally low. Like, low double digit low (Congress is at 10%). They don't have a separate line ...


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From one viewpoint, equality is basically the same thing as fairness, and fairness is something that all primates tend to value. This National Geographic article, for example, discusses how capuchins will throw rewards back in the faces of researchers if someone's getting a better deal than them. We accept equality as a value because we're genetically ...


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To answer the second part of your question about other seating arrangements: The British House of Commons is set up in a rectangle, with each party on one side of the rectangle and the speaker sitting in between the two aisles. Also unique to the HoC is the size. The chamber can only seat 427 of the 650 members. After WWII, Churchill had the opportunity to ...


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As others have pointed out, the affordability of housing is not really linked to house-building profits. House-buying is limited by: high-demand areas such as London; meanwhile there was a period when Stoke-On-Trent council was selling run-down houses for £1 on the condition that the owners renovate and live in them. Until the economy is more widely ...


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Generally, equality is valued because it is the most pragmatic policy when it comes to government, law and economics. All the things I listed, are part of the greater society (of course there are other factors), but in the end, equality is the goal and it's the most "common sense" of all goals. In short, it's essentially the application of the Golden Rule. ....


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in which it was stated that house prices in the UK are about 10x average earnings House prices in the UK really fall down into two categories: those in London (by that I mean anywhere in South-East England) and everything else. London has the highest property prices in the country by far and that's where you get such insane statistics. Move down to ...


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The numbers need to be taken into perspective. To cite a 2020 BBC article about withdrawals: In Iraq, the number of US troops will be cut by 500 to 2,500, while the number of service personnel in Afghanistan will fall from 4,500 to about 2,500. So at most we are talking 4500 soldiers, hardly anything to influence inner politics. You may have other ...


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This is an photograph taken from a graphic novel Survivors of the Holocaust It retells in cartoon form six stories: Based on a series of a BAFTA-nominated animated documentaries, the artwork in Survivors of the Holocaust has been reinvented to bring together six different real-life survivors' account of the Holocaust. It is aimed at 9-12 year olds. The ...


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Equality is widely accepted because it can mean so many different things to so many people. The core of equality is some sort of universal sense of freedom, justice, or value. Once you accept that all people have some basic moral value, at least until they do something to debase or surrender that moral value, then you have embraced a form of equality - all ...


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