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Oct
15
comment Is there an unambiguous name for the social/political theory “liberalism” without “leftist”?
@Dunk Ah yes, the "All Lives Matter" response...
Oct
14
comment Is there an unambiguous name for the social/political theory “liberalism” without “leftist”?
@Dunk The problem arises when many libertarians insist that protecting minorities from abuse or systemic oppression by majorities are "special privileges" and that in an ideal world (spherical, in a perfect vacuum, etc) such protections are unneccessary - and that, therefore, they should not exist in this world. And, again, they seem to have a boundless faith in people doing The Right Thing out of the goodness of their hearts despite overwhelming evidence that factory owners consistently did the exact opposite until government and unions made them shape up.
Oct
14
comment Is there an unambiguous name for the social/political theory “liberalism” without “leftist”?
It also ignores the fact that libertarians, no matter how much they personally support civil liberties and claim to oppose homophobia and bigotry in all its forms, they firmly believe that it isn't government's place to do something about those because if left alone the Free Market (to which they ascribe near-magical powers) will "eventually" solve those issues if only we were to give it free rein... Despite all evidence to the contrary.
Sep
26
comment Could Boris Johnson face criminal charges for illegally proroguing Parliament?
Unlikely, because he's covered his posterior expertly. He's got a fig leaf in that someone he can reasonably claim was a legal expert told him it was legal, and nothing he said while under oath was provably false -- and when he said things that were provably false, he wasn't under oath.
Sep
19
comment What happens if nobody can form a government in Israel?
Netanyahu's already all but outright stated he won't accept any outcome that doesn't end up with his party in power.
Sep
11
comment What prevents other nations from participating in and condoning the counterfeiting of the United States dollar?
Except for the fact that this doesn't answer any part of the actual question. -1.
Sep
9
comment Brexit - What was the question that the Referendum answered?
I don't think the EU is going to accept option #2 at this point in time. "We'll stay for now, but we reserve the right to declare Brexit all over again at any time" is not going to go over well after the ridiculous mess this whole farce has already been.
Sep
1
revised Why haven't the British protested Brexit as ardently as the Hong Kong protesters?
'tenants' -> 'tenets', added two words because three letters is an insufficient change.
Sep
1
suggested approved edit on Why haven't the British protested Brexit as ardently as the Hong Kong protesters?
Aug
27
comment On what basis can the US push for sanctions of Iran's missile activities at the UN?
Given that the US broke their end of the deal first, I'd expect them to get laughed out of the room.
Aug
9
comment Why is there a need to prevent a racist, sexist, or otherwise bigoted vendor from discriminating who they sell to?
@Dan04 That explains why several states who were subject to Voting Rights Act restrictions immediately filed massively discriminatory voting restrictions the moment the ban was lifted because the conservative SCOTUS said "Oh, racism is over"
Jul
23
comment Why is DC so, so, so Democratic?
@gerrit New York overwhelmingly voted for Hillary because Trump lives in New York and they knew exactly what he was like.
Jun
20
comment Who can get UN kicked out of New York City?
Not that this current Senate would be likely to do such a thing, given how McConnell has explicitly stated he's 100% all in for Trump and Trump alone forever no matter what.
Jun
13
comment Is there a term for someone whose preferred policies are a mix of left and right?
It's also because - at least in the US - you have a de facto two party system where any vote for a third party is effectively wasted because said third party will never have any effective say in government at almost any level... And by voting for said third party instead of the least bad (from your perspective) of the two main options you've increased the possibility that the most bad (from your viewpoint) party gets the most votes.
Jun
12
comment What do hard-Brexiteers want with respect to the Irish border?
The DUP believes that the obvious solution to the problem would be the rest of Ireland giving up on this sovereignity nonsense and rejoining the UK as is right and proper, and if some people have Troubles with that, well, clearly we didn't shoot enough of them the last time... </sarcasm>
Jun
7
comment How is the excise border managed in Ireland?
There's a difference between hopping borders to refuel cheaply for mostly personal use (for instance, if your job involves a lot of travel, keeping an eye on your fuel expenditures so that you when you're in a more expensive country you top off just enough to get to the next country, and in a cheap country you fill the tank entirely every chance you get) and essentially carting entire tank wagons' worth of fuel across the border for resale at a profit. The former is tolerated, the latter less so.
May
30
comment Is it legal in the UK for politicians to lie to the public for political gain?
Part of what's obfuscating the issue is that there's a pretty wide grey area between "told an outright lie" and "repeated inaccurate information they honestly believed was accurate" and "overstated and/or fuzzed details to make the facts support his message" -- if there's no clear line between what's acceptable hyperbole and what's outright falsehood, it becomes question of intent as much as of fact.
May
29
revised What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?
Slight clarification on point #3.
May
29
suggested approved edit on What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?
May
22
comment Freedom of speech and the N-word
"No, sir. I do not bite my thumb at you, sir, but I bite my thumb, sir."