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kmag on Opinion Polls Drive Russian Policy Abroad Which (Only) West Hates.    Anatoly, can you tell us why you think the proportion of global GDP made by the west will fall to 30% in 30-40 years?

kmag on Opinion Polls Drive Russian Policy Abroad Which (Only) West Hates.    Anatoly, can you tell us why you believe the West's proportion of global GDP will drop down to 30% in 30-40 years?

Stephen on Opinion Polls Drive Russian Policy Abroad Which (Only) West Hates.    Wolf-Dog, it'll be interesting to observe the US's response to Greece daring to treat with Russia. It's very much a strategic problem and the US can't ignore it. Will the US decide to undermine Greece's democracy (time for a junta perhaps?), or will take another approach and relieve pressure on

Wolf-Dog on Opinion Polls Drive Russian Policy Abroad Which (Only) West Hates.    Indeed, Russia has many friends not only in the East, but it appears that it has just added Greece to its sphere of influence by loaning $5 billion (approximately 5 billion euros), in exchange for using the Greek territory to extend its new gas pipeline to central Europe, which will

Dain on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    And yet what made them choose one party over another to begin with? Odd. And ugh.

akarlin on Opinion Polls Drive Russian Policy Abroad Which (Only) West Hates.    I think the issue is not so much internal demographic trends in the West - though I don't know if immigrants/ethnic minorities are any better disposed to Russia than the natives, for that matter anyway - as its shrinking proportion of the global economic pie. The countries now sanctioning Russia

Randall Parker on Iraqi Army Flees Villages Under ISIS Attack.    Nick, Imagine what ISIS could do with American air support.

Randall Parker on Victorian Era Young Offenders Less Likely To Re-Offend Than Today.    Mike, Permanent record: That seems like it makes a difference. Another difference: there is less work available for the least cognitively able today. At the same time there is more welfare state to support people in idleness.

Wolf-Dog on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    RP: "Clearly democracy is not working out as planned. We need to consider alternatives." ------------------------------------------------------ Let's assume that the the alternative has just been found... But if we are going to replace democracy with something else, then this begs the questions: 1)By what means will the replacement be made? 2)By

Jim on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    Ripe - Your statement that Copernicus "confirmed" Aristarchus' is simplistic. Copernicus' system wasn't all that much superior to Ptolemy's because Copernicus still used circular orbits. Kepler's introduction of elliptical orbits was the most important breakthrough. Interestingly Hipparchus had tried eccentric orbits ie with the sun placed offcenter somewhat like the

Jim on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    Aristotle's writings contain in some places mathematical demonstations so you are incorrect in saying that he never used "proof" at least in the mathematical sense. It should be Hypatia not Hipatia. Your list of errors made by Aristotle does not constitute a serious appraisal of his achievements. You could argue

Jeff on Victorian Era Young Offenders Less Likely To Re-Offend Than Today.    The Victorian population was all White. I assume that isn't true today. Maybe the groups imprisoned today are inherently more criminal.

Mercer on Victorian Era Young Offenders Less Likely To Re-Offend Than Today.    " wasn't a "permanent record" The article is about UK juveniles. I don't think minors records in the US can be googled. I don't know about the UK. I'd suggest the reason is weak demand for low skilled male workers.

Nick Ripe on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    Jim: Aristotle? We should've listened to Aristotle? BUT WE DID! Aristotle was the idiot who claimed that heavy objects fall faster than light ones -in fact people beleved that for more than 2000 years-. Until a genius named Galileo Galilei proved he was an idiot. Aristotle dogmatically claimed that the

Nick Ripe on Victorian Era Young Offenders Less Likely To Re-Offend Than Today.    I think we're just another evolutionary dead-end. Although we're around 7 billion in the planet now, I believe that in less than 100 years the human species could very possibly be extinct.

XVO on Victorian Era Young Offenders Less Likely To Re-Offend Than Today.    Were the punishments more severe back then? Yes...

Jim on Iraqi Army Flees Villages Under ISIS Attack.    Black Death -There is no such thing as "Iraqis" anymore than there is any such thing as "Yugoslavs" or "Ruritanians". The use of meaningless words like "Iraqis" is an obstacle to understanding reality.

Black Death on Iraqi Army Flees Villages Under ISIS Attack.    Back in the 1980's, the Iraqis, under Saddam Hussein, fought the Iranians to a more-or-less draw in a bloody eight year war. Iran is much more populous than Iraq (80 million vs. 30 million), but the Iranian military, equipped with mostly American and British gear, lost access to spare parts

Jim on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    Actually the article you linked to confirms one of Aristotle's insights. Democracy exacerbates internal conflict.

Jim on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    Aristotle long ago noted the many problems with democracy. We shhould have listened to him. Actually the founding fathers in general were not that keen on democracy. Limited government was more their preference and they feared the excesses of a pure democracy.

Jim on Jeb Bush As President Of Some Country.    Seth - I've heard that Mayan Indians from the south of Mexico who know less Spainish that I do are counted as Hispanic in the US. I wonder are Portugese speaking Brazilians considered Hispanic in the US and entitled to racial preferences?

Mike Street Station on Victorian Era Young Offenders Less Likely To Re-Offend Than Today.    That's a fascinating observation. My off the top of my head guess is that there wasn't a "permanent record" following you around to stigmatize you in getting work. In the here and now, a criminal record means most large companies won't hire you for other than minimum wage work.

chris on Voters Treat Their Political Party Like Sports Team, Want To Win.    The problem isn't democracy. The problem is universal suffrage. A society where suffrage is limited to; net tax payers, married, with children, and had served at least 1 year in the military, and was a citizen born to citizens, would make a hell of a lot better voting decisions than

Nick on Iraqi Army Flees Villages Under ISIS Attack.    I think the problem is that no amount of Iraqi Army soldiers can deal with ISIS effectively without U.S. air support. Maintaining "stability" in Iraq means a permanent U.S. commitment. Who will have the courage to pull out and let the pieces fall where they may?

Randall Parker on Jeb Bush As President Of Some Country.    Seth W., As Americans? That's so mid-20th century. Everyone is an American. Everyone is entitled to come here. There is no in-group called Americans any more. Talking like that is just hegemonic narrative. Globalism. Jim, Our oil is cheaper than their heavy oil. We do not need their oil. Plus,

Seth W. on Jeb Bush As President Of Some Country.    Well, the term "Hispanic" doesn't mean much and often leads to error, because it confuses ideas of race, culture, ethnic group, language, Spain, Latin America, etc. There's no Socialism in Venezuela. There is in some high-standard European countries. All that talk about "becoming president of a Latin American country that

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WJ on Migrating Millionaires And The Automated Society.    "Sure, non-Americans can own apartments in NYC and non-Brits can own apartments in Britain. They can minimize the amount of time they spend in any one country as a way to avoid having to pay income taxes. But they'll still need a home base country that has little or no

Jim on Jeb Bush As President Of Some Country.    We should probably take over Venezuela to get cheap access to their oil. Jeb Bush could then be appointed as our satrap. This is a lot better idea than invading Iran.

Paul Rain on Universal Suffrage Violates Right To Have Competent Government.    WJ: To be fair, I wouldn't say he endorses literacy tests. I am sure he recognizes that they would be a very positive thing. I also have no doubt that he is also aware of the research by Lott and others which shows that extending suffrage to women had a

Seth W. on 65% Of Spaniards See Islam Not Compatible With West.    It would be nice to see all chrurches, cathedrals, synagogues and mosques turned into public libraries, public schools, public sports facilities or public hospitals. All of them providing a free service but of a much higher value and quality than the worthless promises of religions. Even NYC had the "Limelight"

Mike Street Station on Jeb Bush As President Of Some Country.    Jeb actually spent time in Venezuela so he has ties to the country. I think it's a great idea. He certainly views Hispanics as somehow better and more worthy than your run of the mill American, so I think your idea has merit. Don't be surprised if this idea isn't

Mike Street Station on 65% Of Spaniards See Islam Not Compatible With West.    The idea that Islam is incompatible with the West seems like common sense, and at one time was common sense. Now it's a heresy. Try to voice that opinion in any corporate workplace in the country and find yourself on the ass end of HR.

WJ on Migrating Millionaires And The Automated Society.    Randall, virtually all of the rich need access to markets to stay rich. Most assets are valuable only because they produce income. The rich may need workers, and they definitely need customers. If the big countries they've fled decide to cut off access to those workers and/or customers, then the

WJ on Universal Suffrage Violates Right To Have Competent Government.    An African-American studies professor all but endorses literacy tests. Wow. I've been saying that for years, including here. There is no virtue in increasing the number of voters. The only democracy that can survive is one where informed people who contribute to society, aren't burdens on that society, aren't criminals,

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Seth W. on David McWilliams On Insiders Versus Outsiders In Politics.    I agree, there's only outsiders and insiders now. There is only the haves and the have nots in regards to money, power, influence, etc. FOX and MSNBC are two flavors of the same crap. That same crap includes also CNN and ABC. Same crap, different flavor. There are is no

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