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  1. Thread: Globalism

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    The claim made by many US conservatives,...

    The claim made by many US conservatives, including Trump, which I was critiquing, is the claim that other countries are taking advantage of the US, that the US in some unique way is giving far more...
  2. Thread: Globalism

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    I think foreign aid for roads, hospitals etc is...

    I think foreign aid for roads, hospitals etc is totally different to foreign aid for weapons or for funding separatist groups.

    Any government spending always sounds big because it's in the...
  3. Thread: Globalism

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    Foreign aid [dollars] is not foreign [military]...

    Foreign aid [dollars] is not foreign [military] intervention. The neocons favor the 2nd one and are ambivalent about the 1st one, I favor the 1st one and despise the 2nd one.

    The amount countries...
  4. Thread: Globalism

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    Your 'globalism' seems to have a strange...

    Your 'globalism' seems to have a strange definition. It seems to vary between meaning being involved, at all, in the world, and meaning specific policies that the US has intermittently pursued.
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  5. Thread: Globalism

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    It is interesting to see US conservatives get...

    It is interesting to see US conservatives get increasingly wound up about foreign aid, yet US foreign aid is actually at pretty low levels compared to what it used to be:
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  6. :rofl: Is that like how conservatives call...

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    Is that like how conservatives call themselves "pro-life" when they are pro-war and pro-gun?

    Indeed.


    "Every line of serious work I have written since 1936 has been written, directly...
  7. I am amused by the notion that saying the magic...

    I am amused by the notion that saying the magic words "Islamic Terrorism" is supposed to accomplish anything at all.

    Conservatives seem to have convinced themselves it's almost a magic spell and...
  8. Riiiiiigggghhhtttt, cos you have telepathic...

    Riiiiiigggghhhtttt, cos you have telepathic knowledge of what all black folks are thinking. :ahem:

    And because the presence / absence of a black candidate in the Presidential primary is the only...
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    You always say this ad nauseum even when the...

    You always say this ad nauseum even when the answer is patiently explained to you 100 times over.
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    Don't you understand that the conservatives here...

    Don't you understand that the conservatives here know better than the doctors? The conservatives have firm views. Whereas those doctors and experts and trained professionals Just Don't Understand The...
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    I think Sparko, like many of the Christian...

    I think Sparko, like many of the Christian posters here, doesn't base his morality on reasoning (e.g. not something like 'pedophilia is wrong because a child can't consent') and instead bases it on a...
  12. Not really. The Republicans are the party of...

    Not really. The Republicans are the party of white males, the Democrats are the party of everyone. A look at the newly elected members of congress in 2018 makes that pretty clear:

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    One...
  13. Bernie and Bloomberg are Jewish. Pete is gay....

    Bernie and Bloomberg are Jewish.
    Pete is gay.
    Warren is female.

    So, actually, of the 5 candidates listed, 4 have some kind of historically-oppressed minority-group membership. Joe Biden is...
  14. Are Jewish people not a minority? Do they have no...

    Are Jewish people not a minority? Do they have no history of oppression? Are they now to be reclassified as simply 'white'?
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    No, I'm just noting that none of the major...

    No, I'm just noting that none of the major parties in the UK had any major policies that US conservatives would closely identify with. There wasn't a major party with US conservative values competing...
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    In NZ, the issue is legal immigration yes (we...

    In NZ, the issue is legal immigration yes (we have some illegal immigration but it is almost never talked about because basically no one cares, and the quantity of it is low compared to legal...
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    Was Jesus never any of those? Guess we must be...

    Was Jesus never any of those? Guess we must be reading different gospels.
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    Is there anything much about the UK Conservative...

    Is there anything much about the UK Conservative party that Americans would identify as 'socially conservative'?

    - Abortion is legal in the UK, with a few restrictions ("abortion is generally...
  19. Are you suggesting Dems should pursue the policy...

    Are you suggesting Dems should pursue the policy of deliberately failing at their constitutional duty to accurately assess the merits of the nominee, and instead try to ingratiate themselves with the...
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    NZ has always been pretty consistently fairly...

    NZ has always been pretty consistently fairly socially liberal, certainly not any sort of outpost for social conservativism. We're much more a Scotland / Canada in terms of social values than we are...
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    Yeah, we've only had one for 165 years, so still...

    Yeah, we've only had one for 165 years, so still learning the ropes. :tongue:

    Ours was originally copied from the UK at that, given most of the people here came from there. Though we abolished the...
  22. Perhaps the Republicans should stop nominating...

    Perhaps the Republicans should stop nominating wildly inappropriate candidates for judicial positions?

    And stop trying to pretend it's the Dem's fault for rightly pointing out the obvious flaws in...
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    I don't really think it's appropriate for Greta...

    I don't really think it's appropriate for Greta to the Time Magazine person of the year. I hadn't heard of her 2 months ago. I also don't think pushing celebrity onto someone so young is beneficial...
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    The UK does. Both the US and the UK have...

    The UK does. Both the US and the UK have electorate-based winner-take-all systems aka Plurality voting aka First Past the Post systems.

    Here in New Zealand we used to have that same system, and...
  25. Huh? Didn't the Afghan war originate after 9/11...

    Huh? Didn't the Afghan war originate after 9/11 when the Taliban who controlled Afghanistan refused to hand over the Al Qaeda members based in their country after Al Qaeda did 9/11? What part of that...
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