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  1. Comment on Buttigieg surges ahead of Democratic rivals in Iowa: poll in ~news

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    It's not just about what Boykins did, it's about how Buttigieg handled the issue as mayor. Which is completely ridiculous. Saying "if you don't respond within a day you endorse me" isn't a...

    And removing a police chief that broke the lae he is supposed to uphold? How is therr a scandal here? Christ.

    It's not just about what Boykins did, it's about how Buttigieg handled the issue as mayor.

    The campaign has stated that they listed those who voiced support for the plan and supposedly offered all those listed the opportunity to opt out.

    Which is completely ridiculous. Saying "if you don't respond within a day you endorse me" isn't a legitimate tactic of gathering support, it's doubling down in response to the black officials speaking out.

    He has had condemned and abandoned homes demolished.This is not an unreasonable policy and it is the only tactic for fighting blight. But for those trying to create a racial issue where there is none "gentrification" is a buzz word that ignites all sorts of passions, even around an issue as cut and dry as removing condemned properties.

    The way that the policy was rolled out had many residents of those neighborhoods seriously concerned as homes were demolished at breakneck speed, and led to Regina Williams-Preston successfully running for city council to advocate for additional measures to help homeowners. If someone doesn't have the money to pay for repairs, fining them into the ground is not a good solution.

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  2. Comment on Buttigieg surges ahead of Democratic rivals in Iowa: poll in ~news

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    Maybe it doesn't endear you to us, but from a left-wing perspective, I think Gore Vidal says it best: "There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right...

    Ludicrous opinions like this certainly don't endear us to rank and file socialists as a group. If you can't approach a topic from a rational position how can we have any sort of rational discussion on the matter?

    Maybe it doesn't endear you to us, but from a left-wing perspective, I think Gore Vidal says it best: "There is only one party in the United States, the Property Party … and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat.” Why is that automatically considered irrational?

    Ah yes, I see we have learnt absolutely nothing from 2016. It was impossible for Trump to win that election as well and look at us now.

    Absolutely agree here, but another key thing to learn from 2016 is that nominating a moderate to appeal to the hallowed center just doesn't work. Obama, despite proving to be different later on, ran on "hope and change" progressive rhetoric, and people responded to that.

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  3. Comment on Buttigieg surges ahead of Democratic rivals in Iowa: poll in ~news

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    Or it could just mean he was floating whatever positions seemed to poll-test well at the time and isn't committed to anything?

    Buttigieg used to bring up ideas like court packing before this recent tack to moderate, so that also tells me he still has a liberal nature.

    Or it could just mean he was floating whatever positions seemed to poll-test well at the time and isn't committed to anything?

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  4. Comment on Buttigieg surges ahead of Democratic rivals in Iowa: poll in ~news

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    That really doesn't seem like an accurate representation of Robinson's arguments. The reason he was so against the heavy dollop of folksiness in the book was because it was, in Robinson's view, a...

    That really doesn't seem like an accurate representation of Robinson's arguments. The reason he was so against the heavy dollop of folksiness in the book was because it was, in Robinson's view, a substitute for actually explaining his beliefs and policy plans. He never said that Buttigieg's educational background is inherently bad, but did criticize his unwillingness or inability to acknowledge the inequality and elitism which pervades those institutions. In particular, his stint at McKinsey was panned in great detail because of what they're involved with and what they've done, and the fact that, yet again, Pete completely glosses over those real-world issues in favor of adding another pillar to his bildungsroman.

    Also, let's not pretend gentrification has been Buttigieg's only race-related failure. The firing of Darryl Boykins, South Bend's black police chief, and the subsequent debacle surrounding those recordings has definitely hurt him too. And now the campaign has been exposed for effectively fabricating the endorsements of black political officials in South Carolina, and 42% of the endorsements list for their Douglass Plan is apparently white. He's not doing great on that front for multiple reasons.

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  5. Comment on Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales has quietly launched a Facebook rival social network named WT:Social in ~tech

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    Looks interesting and I just signed up, but how is it supposed to compete with Facebook? Their concept is based on interacting with real-life friends and sharing your personal life, whereas this...

    Looks interesting and I just signed up, but how is it supposed to compete with Facebook? Their concept is based on interacting with real-life friends and sharing your personal life, whereas this seems to be focused much more on groups and interests.

  6. Comment on What are some good news outlets you would recommend? in ~talk

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    In addition to Democracy Now as was already suggested, Unicorn Riot and It's Going Down are great sources of original reporting on protests and political violence. Current Affairs also has a lot...

    In addition to Democracy Now as was already suggested, Unicorn Riot and It's Going Down are great sources of original reporting on protests and political violence. Current Affairs also has a lot of superb writing, such as the article about Buttigieg I posted earlier.

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  7. Comment on The rise of 'facadism' in London in ~design

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    After seeing a few of the stranger examples, I can't help but think this trend is kind of absurd, but it's still better than demolishing the buildings in their totality and losing that piece of...

    After seeing a few of the stranger examples, I can't help but think this trend is kind of absurd, but it's still better than demolishing the buildings in their totality and losing that piece of history altogether.

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  8. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    Oh, absolutely ;) And thanks for posting this topic, it's been very interesting and this internet stranger is behind you 100% with what you're going through.

    Oh, absolutely ;) And thanks for posting this topic, it's been very interesting and this internet stranger is behind you 100% with what you're going through.

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  9. Comment on What are you grateful for? in ~talk

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    Thank you so much for sharing this. While my background wasn't nearly as repressive as yours, it still took me years once I figured my sexuality out to come to terms with it, let alone get over my...

    Thank you so much for sharing this. While my background wasn't nearly as repressive as yours, it still took me years once I figured my sexuality out to come to terms with it, let alone get over my fear of telling anyone, so your words resonated with me a lot. My family and friends from high school know, but I'm still not out to anyone at college now (I'm a freshman), so I guess I've still got work to do on that front. Haven't been in any relationships either, although I suppose there's plenty more time for that to happen! The fact that you've gone through all that and found happiness is really inspiring to me. :)

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  10. Comment on Global Condemnation of 'Appalling' Coup in Bolivia as Military Forces Socialist President Evo Morales to Resign in ~news

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    This is a very good point. There's a strong tendency in leftist struggle to glorify certain leaders and associate their rise and their power with that of the movement as a whole, but that only...

    This is a very good point. There's a strong tendency in leftist struggle to glorify certain leaders and associate their rise and their power with that of the movement as a whole, but that only sets people up for disappointment and failure. A central tenet of socialism is the importance of the people and our will over that of tyrants and oppression, so putting anyone on a pedestal runs counter to that. We should try to continue our criticisms of the coup and its far-right, anti-indigenous enablers without tying that criticism to the millstone of one flawed human.

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  11. Comment on Global Condemnation of 'Appalling' Coup in Bolivia as Military Forces Socialist President Evo Morales to Resign in ~news

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    Not really something I've seen on here, but it's a very common sentiment on Twitter. There's plenty of reasons to hate the CIA, but in this case just blaming them paints a very simplistic view of...

    Not really something I've seen on here, but it's a very common sentiment on Twitter. There's plenty of reasons to hate the CIA, but in this case just blaming them paints a very simplistic view of the situation.

  12. Comment on All About Pete Buttigieg in ~misc

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    Oh, that's funny. I only joined back in August so I assume it was before that?

    Oh, that's funny. I only joined back in August so I assume it was before that?

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  13. Comment on All About Pete Buttigieg in ~misc

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    That's interesting, thanks for sharing. However, it doesn't really get into the meat of Robinson's argument that Buttigieg has repeatedly shown that the only reason he's interested in public...

    That's interesting, thanks for sharing. However, it doesn't really get into the meat of Robinson's argument that Buttigieg has repeatedly shown that the only reason he's interested in public office, as with many of his touted accomplishments, is out of a self-centered belief that he is the only one who can do it. (I may be oversimplifying the original article here.) Jesse also missed the point with Robinson's criticism of why Buttigieg chose the essay subject he did and the thought process he went through--namely, that it was based on his own desire to stand out rather than any sincere expression of values. Still, it was a worthwhile read.

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  14. Comment on All About Pete Buttigieg in ~misc

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    This is an older article from back in March, but someone recommended it to me and it's extremely comprehensive and insightful IMO. A bit of a long read, but it really comes together with all its...

    This is an older article from back in March, but someone recommended it to me and it's extremely comprehensive and insightful IMO. A bit of a long read, but it really comes together with all its observations at the end.

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  15. Comment on Global Condemnation of 'Appalling' Coup in Bolivia as Military Forces Socialist President Evo Morales to Resign in ~news

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    The coup has already deposed the vice president and the president of the senate, the people next in the line of succession, and are now claiming opposition senator Jeanine Áñez is the new...

    The coup has already deposed the vice president and the president of the senate, the people next in the line of succession, and are now claiming opposition senator Jeanine Áñez is the new president. The mask is coming off in earnest now.

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  16. Comment on Global Condemnation of 'Appalling' Coup in Bolivia as Military Forces Socialist President Evo Morales to Resign in ~news

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    I think one of the major messaging flaws of the left is promoting the assumption that every reactionary trend is the result of a CIA coup. Even if they've certainly had their fingers in the pot...

    I think one of the major messaging flaws of the left is promoting the assumption that every reactionary trend is the result of a CIA coup. Even if they've certainly had their fingers in the pot quite consistently in the past and there's a strong possibility they're backing the coup now, I think people underestimate the capability of the Bolivian elites to take these actions of their own accord.

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  17. Comment on Global Condemnation of 'Appalling' Coup in Bolivia as Military Forces Socialist President Evo Morales to Resign in ~news

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    But on the other hand, there are certainly some interesting examples like this huge compendium of accounts tweeting the same copypasta that there was no coup going on, which, even if they aren't...

    But on the other hand, there are certainly some interesting examples like this huge compendium of accounts tweeting the same copypasta that there was no coup going on, which, even if they aren't directly illustrative of CIA involvement, certainly point to something.

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  18. Comment on Global Condemnation of 'Appalling' Coup in Bolivia as Military Forces Socialist President Evo Morales to Resign in ~news

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    Even if people here have differing opinions on the legality of Morales' tenure, that hardly excuses the rampant anti-indigenous violence which has erupted as a result of this "intervention." Not...
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  19. Comment on What is/are your favorite quote/s? in ~talk

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    This is from the speech given by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before he turned himself in on April 7th, 2018 on charges of corruption and money laundering. A judge has just...

    This is from the speech given by former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva before he turned himself in on April 7th, 2018 on charges of corruption and money laundering. A judge has just ordered for him to be released because the charges were false and politically motivated.

    There's no use in trying to stop my ideas. They're already in the air and you can't imprison them! There's no use in trying to stop my dreams, because when I stop dreaming, I'll be dreaming through your minds and dreams! There's no point in thinking everything's going to stop the day Lula has a heart attack. That's nonsense! Because my heart will be beating through yours, and there are millions of hearts! The powerful can kill one, two, or a hundred roses. But they'll never stop the arrival of spring, and our fight is in search of spring!

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