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AvatarComments by Chip Daniels in reply to CJColucci*

On “Violenceacrez, Reddit and Abuse of Power

As we discussed before, if you want to define "coercion" as narrowly as all that, fine.
But it cuts both ways-

When the City wants to renegotiate your tax rates, municipal water rates, land use etc., it is totally voluntary since of course, you are free to move your business to another city.

Again, if we define "coercion" to only mean "literally at the point of a gun" it may or may not be true, I just think its not a useful definition.

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And the conditions of employment may be renegotiated at any time upon threat of termination.

And of course, this is totally voluntary and noncoercive.

On “Undecided No More!

"If social welfare was provided by charity, I’m sure we’d see a much more efficient distribution system and only those truly in need will get help."

What in the world would cause you to think such a thing?

It couldn't be as a result of empirical evidence, all of which shows exactly the opposite.

On “Violenceacrez, Reddit and Abuse of Power

Is this a case of black people being the real racists, or hearing people being the real auditory-chauvinists, or gay people being the real homophobes?

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It validates my thought that one of the reasons liberalism failed to win electroal majorities is that we opted to get tagged with the "anything goes" libertine reputation.

I don't think it is true, maybe never was, but we ceded the image of national patriotism and personal morality to the other side, and even to this day don't fight very hard for it.

We scorn the totems and emblems of the flag and religion, but they actually are important. The fact that the other side cynically exploits them only proves how powerfully important they are.

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Actually no- his actions may have been legally protected- but just barely!

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Tod-
I don't disagree, only that I don't feel the need to frame this as something other than "free speech"; His speech, IMO, doesn't fall into any protected area, legal or moral.

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I am reading Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind" currently, and it expresses what I have sensed for a while now- that there are moral foundations to our political opinions that rest on things like justice, fairness, sacredness and group identity.

Its clear that his intention of trolling was exactly to push these very boundaries- he deliberately struck at the most sacred of red lines in our culture- race and children.
It is unnerving to think of getting fired for expressing an idea; but then again freedom can't be absolute, only within a limited range.

On “Undecided No More!

The problem with slippery slope arguments is that they lead to all sorts of logic failure.
First you say that there is no rational limit to the argument, then eventually you end up with Nazi Germany.

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If we are talking about skewed polls, I want to know why the Which Deadwood Character Are You claims that this gentle liberal would be Al Swearengen.

Cocksuckers!

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Point taken.
If Obamacare were to take this poll, it too would be a Republican.

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"Conservatives are traditionally very pro-conservation "

"Traditionally" is a good way to put it. As in, beginning with Roosevelt, and ending with Nixon.

"Drill here, drill now" isn't your grandfather's conservation movement.

On “Learning to Fall Out of Love with Hate, Part 2: Violentacrez Loses His Job

Deadwood is in fact a terrific metaphor for the relationship of people and government, liberty and community.

I would be failing as a liberal if I didn't note that what is interesting- and historically acurate- is that it was the business interests who more than anyone recognized the benefits of social order, even if it placed burdens on themselves.

On “Undecided No More!

My breakdown was almost exactly this as well.

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Weird-
96% Karl Marx, 45% Hitler, 36% Ayatollah Khamenei.

So I am an Obama supporter after all!

On “FDR On The Modern Republican Party

Huh.
"bububububu racism!!!" isn't a clever and witty retort that efffectively absolves Ron Paul of his racism?

How weird.

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Ron Paul- Old & Busted;
Paul Ryan- New Hotness

On “The Real Generation War

Forget it Blaise; its Crazytown.
The zombies chewed on Vince Foster's corpse for a full decade. The fresh kill from Benghazi should tide them over till 2020.

On “FDR On The Modern Republican Party

The conservative movement still wants to relitigate the New Deal and Great Society, since the mere existance of Social Security, banking regulation, and Medicare is a rebuke to the market fundamentalism that has swallowed their party.

What irritates them further is that Romney and Ryan have demonstrated that these programs are still so popular that they can only be destroyed by those who vehemently insist they want to preserve them.

Finally they know that inside of a decade or two, Republican candidates will be putting forward proposals to "Save Obamacare" from those silly irresponsible Dems.

On “The Real Generation War

From the link:
"Republican Mitt Romney has made incremental gains in polls throughout the fall on the question of who would do a better job handling foreign affairs, but the president's standing has remained essentially unchanged since before the Benghazi attack.

About half of voters surveyed in Ohio, Virginia and Florida say they believe Obama would do a better job of handling foreign affairs, compared with about 40% who say Romney would, according to NBC/Wall Street Journal polls conducted this week."

On “Bubbly Joe Biden vs. Attila the Republican

Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Micheal Savage and Bill O'Reilly were all in agreement; that this nation would be ever so much more polite and civil if it weren't for those femiNazis, Socialist-Marxist traitors, and babykilling atheist union thugs.

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"Rudeness"= "Quit punching so hard!"

On “The Real Generation War

Along with "wonk" we need to stop pretending that Ryan is "serious"; that title alone is what made Biden laugh out loud.

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If you are advocating for a return to the extended family where multiple generations lived under one roof, I am completely in agreement.

Except we would still have to work out a solution for those families where Aunt Edna was booted to the curb the moment she was inconvenient.

Does she beg on a streetcorner?

Get used for spare bodyparts?

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Haven't all societies, always, made young people pay for the health and well being of the elderly?
Or is there some other way to do it?

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