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destructure on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    ...not that I think Ron Hines is necessarily American. Rather he's demonstrated that giving him a passport wouldn't make him one.

destructure on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    "I've become so aware of poseurs..." Thanks for the clue. That's the first thing I wonder when I read a comment. So I give people the benefit of the doubt with a great, big "?" beside it. Ironically, "Ron Hines" has shown that the premise of your post is correct.

Daniel H on Daniel Larison: Do Not Arm Ukraine.    Larison was responding to the hectoring in the NY Times op-ed page of some punk named Ben Judah. These war mongering Jewish neo-cons are out of control. They would bring armageddon down on us all.

Mike Street Station on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    I argue at a political web forum and the issue of what is American culture came up (in reference to immigration). Most of the left leaning posters denied that there was any such thing as American culture. I thought about that and I bet 30 years ago that wouldn't be

Dan on Daniel Larison: Do Not Arm Ukraine.    This administration is like a chess player that thinks zero moves ahead. Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Syria... Step one was push against the status quo and step two was never even examined. The arc of history would turn toward rainbows and unicorns with just a little destabilizing nudge.

Randall Parker on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    destructure, You are making an incorrect assumption about the Hines identity. Ron Hines (aka Pat Hines on another thread) wants you to believe something about his frame of reference that is really quite different from his real frame of reference. I've become so aware of poseurs that I immediately became

Dan on Imagine Obama And Cameron Had A Strategy On Iraq And Syria.    Gorbachev shut down the Soviet Union and for that he is a saint in my book. He inherited a system that was unworkable and destructive because it was in clear violation of all the laws of reality, held together by the determined reality-denial of his predecessors. He closed down the

destructure on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    Ron is a perfect example of the adverse effect immigration has on identity. Not only does it bring others within the borders but it also erodes the identity of the existing population. As evidenced by his inability to identify what constitutes an American identity.

Dirty Dog on Imagine Obama And Cameron Had A Strategy On Iraq And Syria.    Do you really think that a dumb fucking shithead of a useless cunt like Mikhail Gorbachev was selected for ruthlessness and realism? I mean a fucking stuffed teddy beat would have done a better job than that fucking waste of skin.

Randall Parker on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Pat/Ron (but really you and I know who you are), You didn't want to post under an pseudonym you've used in the past and couldn't even be troubled to remember the same name twice? No socialism in Venezuela: state-owned companies are socialism, no? State-set prices (which in Venezuela's case are

Ron Hines on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    So what's the "common American identity" Jim talks about? I'd very much like to see a list of the things ALL true Americans share. Christianity or belief in God? Is it being white like Ferguson is insinuating? Cause he missed to include blacks there... Is it feminism and high divorce

Pat Hines on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Randall, the USA is not doing so well with capitalism. Besides there is no socialism in Venezuela really and you know it. I'm assuming you know the meaning of the word socialism while most Americans don't, just as they don't know about the atrocities perpetrated by Pinochet in Chile, nor

WCN on Imagine Obama And Cameron Had A Strategy On Iraq And Syria.    I agree that we should send any willing jihadists over (even offer to pay for their tickets) but would only add that they should be required to RENOUNCE THEIR CITIZENSHIP upon arrival of their jihadi wonderland. In fact, while we are at it, we should implement the Steve Sailer plan

Ferguson on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    Blacks, hispanics, asians and those stinking subcontinentals.

Jim on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    Basically any sense of common identity in the US is steadily withering away.

Jim on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    CamelCaseRob - Obama was twice elected president. So much for democracy.

destructure on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    By that standard, nearly a third of those residing within US borders aren't American. That's the argument I've made with birthers since the beginning. It doesn't matter where he was born. He's not an American.

Sgt. Joe Friday on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Let's look at the non-elites among our presidents for the last 80 years: Truman, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. Truman's presidency was an accident, as was Johnson's. So was Ford's and you could even argue that were it not for Nixon, Carter would have had no realistic shot at

CamelCaseRob on Imagine Obama And Cameron Had A Strategy On Iraq And Syria.    Yeah, highly politically incorrect so it can never be mentioned, but I think the Leftist middle-east policy is to destabilize governments and then let the Muslims kill each other (including the ones who come in from Western countries).

CamelCaseRob on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Jim - Obama is one of the elite. His grandparents were financially well off and he was provided access to elite schools at every level. That's not to say he is as elite as his daughters will be, but it doesn't take that long to move into the elite, witness

CamelCaseRob on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Jim - Obama is one of the elite. His grandparents were financially well off and he was provided access to elite schools at every level. That's not to say he is as elite as his daughters will be, but it doesn't take that long to move into the elite, witness

Jim on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    CamelCaseRob- What about Obama?

Sgt. Joe Friday on US Citizens Who Are Not Americans.    Randall, I believe you're referring to the U.S. Congressman from Illinois, "Lisping Louie" Gutierrez.

Randall Parker on Average 401k Retirement Account: Sign Of Future Oldster Poverty.    LeftistConservative, What about the 62 year old who rents? Suppose they went bankrupt at age 55. Some people did in the last financial crisis. Then there is property tax. Some people have $500 per month (and more) just from property tax. Some people need a new roof on their house.

CamelCaseRob on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    We don't even HAVE Democracy in the U.S. All our institutions have been subverted or taken over by Elites who are the children of Elites who were themselves the children of Elites. These people have great sympathy for the dysfunctional lower-classes and will do whatever they can to destroy the

Wolf-Dog on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Jim, When a society is advanced enough and homogeneous enough, democracy does work, and it works extremely well. For example, even Switzerland, which is an odd combination of French, German and Italian ethnic groups that actually speak their own languages at home, still has a certain homogeneous political culture that

LEFTISTCONSERVATIVE on Average 401k Retirement Account: Sign Of Future Oldster Poverty.    nonsense. 127k is plenty assuming you do not have to pay rent and you have some pension or social security. In fact, if you are 62 years old and have 127K and no rent or mortgage payment, you will do fine. 200$ a month for food; 250 for utilities and

Anti Christ on Chechens: The Brains And Skills Behind ISIS?.    Destructure, It is important to distinguish between the "European" Turks and the Anatolian Turks. Despite Islam, the Ottoman Empire had a very European population in the Western parts of the empire, not to mention the Balkans and beyond. The so-called European Turks, were the descendants of Europeans who converted to

Jim on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Democracy does not work.

Sgt. Joe Friday on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Venezuela's predicament is very much like Chile's under Allende, but I don't hold out any hope that a Pinochet-like figure will emerge to rescue Venezuela. Even if there was such an individual, the current occupant of our White House would probably do all he could to undermine him.

Dan on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    Smart political leftists who play into the class warfare for ideological reasons or to rise upward need to realize that they are what's for dinner. When the mob comes for the rich and middle classes, it won't matter that they were on the left. "It is becoming harder for the

Black Death on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    According to Bloomberg, the bolivar has lost 95% of its value against the US dollar. That's at the black market rate, of course. Most airline flights have been cancelled because the government won't pay the airlines money they are owed. People feel trapped in the country, unable to get out:

Daniel on Venezuela Still Deteriorating From Socialism.    >>Cutting imports, though, has resulted in growing shortages of basic foodstuffs, including coffee, milk, and corn meal, as well as medicines, spare parts, toilet tissue... Toilet paper. They can't even make enough of their own toilet paper so they have to import it, no shitting (enjoy the pun). My friend

Randall Parker on Programming Bootcamps Boost Employment, Pay.    Glengarry, When you read software developers (or especially former software developers) complain what you do not know is how good they are at their job. Some of the complainers are bad and do not know they are bad and don't want to face that they are bad. They are incompetent

Randall Parker on Programming Bootcamps Boost Employment, Pay.    Glengarry, I have lots of software developer friends making livings still in their 40s and 50s. I grant you not all can. Top companies: Bootcamp grads do not know enough yet. But below the top companies there are plenty of jobs in software dev in the $60k-$80k range to start.

Jim on Chechens: The Brains And Skills Behind ISIS?.    The expansion of a group like ISIS will stop because of external resistance from the Iranians say or from the Kurds or whoever is able to stop them. It will not stop because the ISIS fighters decide that they have "proven themselves" and spontaeously "quiet down".

Jim on Chechens: The Brains And Skills Behind ISIS?.    Success in warfare does not cause a people to become more peaceful. The Mongols or Romans for example "proved themselves" to be excellent in war early on. They did not then become more peaceful. To the extent that a group like ISIS is militarily successful it will become more likely

George on Chechens: The Brains And Skills Behind ISIS?.    Jim, you're thinking in black and white terms of total defeat and total victory. I'm thinking of Muslims fighters putting up a good fight in the context of an ultimate defeat. A nation or people will often continue fighting until its "proven" itself. I don't understand why this sounds so

Jim on Chechens: The Brains And Skills Behind ISIS?.    "Turkic" is a linguistic term. The speakers of Turkic languages vary over a wide range both genetically and culturally. The notion of a "Turkic culture" is very ill-defined.

destructure on Chechens: The Brains And Skills Behind ISIS?.    Turks ruled the Middle East for hundreds of years. Arabs hate them for it. So I doubt Turks are helping ISIS. If you want to know why ISIS suddenly improved then you have to look at which groups ISIS evolved from, where they got the equipment to overrun Iraqi military

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