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  • Commented on Peak Brexit
    I repeat what others have said, that the US Overton window needs a serious re-set. That is happening. Just in the wrong direction. America isn't going to reform into anything a Northern European would recognize as good or sane until...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    Specifically, Obama did not understand the full nature of what Americans (and many others) see as Russia's extreme paranoia, which means in practical terms that any smart government does it's best to avoid extending too much influence to those nations...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    There are 44 million USA citizens of German ancestry, far outnumbering the Scots/Irish and English. In all seriousness, I've heard it said that, in some ways, American culture is more German than it is Anglo-Saxon. Particularly middle-class American culture. I've...
  • Commented on Brexit! Means! Brexit!
    RE: Anglosphere/UK-as-51st-state The upside is that, unlike the U.S., any such conglomeration would have a proper left wing. There would at last be, both among the public and within the body politic, a counterweight to the neoliberal juggernaut. Just imagine...
  • Commented on Happy Halloween!
    I meant what the fuck has happened in the US that this has occurred? The taproot? America has no politically significant left wing (in the traditional sense) and hasn't had one in decades.* What genuinely left-wing parties exist are minuscule...
  • Commented on Do my Homework
    The usual response from the opponents of SJW is that "Social Justice Warriors" have the same relationship to social justice as "Democratic People's Republic of Korea" to democracy, people and republics. It's less that than some of the more overzealous...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    Greg is the "straight man" in her act. I can't decide if he hasn't figured that out yet or if they have some kind of offline deal struck and he's in on it. What I'm curious about is her cultural...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    To many of us her substance was the issue. Was it her personality, her policy positions, or both? I ask because, setting aside the villainous caricature of her created by opposition propaganda, I've found what people tend to find most...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    HC was by no means the optimal candidate, but surely she wasn't that bad - was she? In terms of substance, not at all. But, with Hillary Clinton, it must be understood that she has been the subject of 25...
  • Commented on Happy 21st Century!
    …current progressive politics has brought us Brexit and Trump. Uh, no. The failure of the neoliberal capitalist establishment to deliver on its promises combined with the lack of an effective contemporary labor movement caused a vacuum which reactionary zealots and...
  • Commented on Not dead but dreaming
    You can find an exec sum of the book in question here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nine_Nations_of_North_America...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Russia is being seriously threatened already, and can't be far off from concluding that its enemies are starting to go for the kill, and that it has no option but to treat this as undeclared war. That's what Putin wants....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Yeah, but it's still used incorrectly for a reference by people who don't know what it was, the same way I think some people who don't actually know what Hadrian's Wall was use that as a reference for something else....
  • Commented on The crazy years
    Eh, it's an obsolete reference for contemporary U.S. political/cultural discussions, anyway. Delaware, Maryland, and, increasingly, Virginia--the birthplace of the South--have been assimilated into the "blue" northeast corridor, and they're all south of the Mason-Dixon. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania west of Greater Philadelphia...
  • Commented on Empire Games gets a price cut in the UK
    I wonder if it was something to do with lots of immigrants and the reaction to the Civil War causing everyone (school boards especially) to want to demonstrate their American-ness. American identity is and always has been ideological construct. Going...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    That's not an apples-to-apples comparison. Dallas and Fort Worth are two separate cities with some built up areas in between. Lumping them together requires a construct called a "Consolidated" MSA. No problem. And, it's combined statistical area (CSA), not consolidated....
  • Commented on Radio silence
    2. There’s a possibility that Confederate nationalism may be spreading in the plain states? Speaking as a native of Kansas, it's already spread. The Plains states are culturally and politically part of the Confederacy now and have been since at...
  • Commented on Help Wanted at the Climate Policy Sausage Factory
    Questions from someone with the science and engineering knowledge of a mollusc: do we yet have the technology--even if just in theoretical form--to remove carbon from the atmosphere as fast or faster than we put it in? If not, what...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Agree with whitroth on this; it's a belief not rooted in anything fundamental. You can find a decent summary of realism's theoretical and philosophical underpinnings here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism_(international_relations)...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    "Hobbesian realism"? Sorry, I don't agree with that... and I don't want to live in that. [...] Therefore, I reject your Hobbesian realism, and remind you of self-fullfilling prophecies. You seem to think that, when I say I'm a Hobbesian...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    whitroth: But the US, and, to a lesser degree, the EU are expansionist powers... True. (Though I quibble with characterizing the EU as a "power." It has the potential to become one, but it isn't one yet.) ...and the folks...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Of course, I don't believe the first two... Ah, now we're getting somewhere! ...but you seem to believe them of the USA, for some incomprehensible reason. Less that I believe the U.S. is acting in good faith than that I...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    whitroth: *IF* the West, and the US, actually wanted to lower tensions, they would STOP HOLDING FULL SCALE MILITARY EXERCISES RIGHT OVER THE BORDERS of Russia and NK. Hi. Professional wargamer here. The exercises that have been held in the...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    EC: As you know perfectly well, the war that the USA is waging against Russia is not being fought with land forces. Much as I sympathise with them, the Baltic states are merely useful idiots as far as the USA...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    (Hint: "the deep state is shallow" is a lie. LOL). Milady, I'd sleep a lot better at night if this were true. It'd mean someone with power actually had their eye on the horizon. That someone in a position to...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The point is that Russia has nowhere to retreat to, either geographically or politically, and the USA/NATO are STILL pushing. It has been almost begging for diplomatic solutions, and the USA/NATO has been saying "We are the 800 pound gorilla...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I quoted Breitbart precisely BECAUSE it is so extreme - even it was describing that exercise as practising an offensive action. I think you misunderstand U.S. politics a bit here. Breitbart and the alt-right are explicitly pro-Russian and pro-Putin. They...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    Interestingly, the supporting statement against the "NATO promised not to expand eastwards" is provided by... Gorbachev. It does appear to be a matter of timing; at the point where Yeltsin allowed Putin and his Nationalist mates/fellow kleptocrats to get their...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    The current threat to Russia from the Baltic states is mainly as a base for invasion or blockade, especially of Kaliningrad, and the reason that Russia is so twitchy is the way that NATO has been surrounding it with missile...
  • Commented on Crying fire in a crowded theatre for pleasure and profit
    I suspect the reason Russia couldn't have joined NATO is economic. [...] Speaking as an employee of the U.S. military-industrial complex and understudy of people who were "in the room" for that sort of thing... My understanding is the discussion...
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