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  1. Comment on The Chinese government is engaging in a widespread, systematic campaign of forced birth control and sterilization on Uighurs and other minorities in ~news

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    I am not sure how you view those countries as a substitute for the US as a trading partner. China is certainly investing heavily in trade relationships with other countries though. In any case, an...

    I am not sure how you view those countries as a substitute for the US as a trading partner. China is certainly investing heavily in trade relationships with other countries though. In any case, an incredibly simplified take would be that China currently needs us more than we need them (even if we otherwise both really need each other regardless). But that's part of why they're developing those ties with other countries, so our leverage is weakened.

    Concerning the second point, yes, but that's true of any tariff strategy. If the Uighur issue is deemed important enough politically, then China is already not accountable to us on the matter given the present state of affairs, which means we have to threaten to break those ties to make China choose between the Uighur matter and the economic ties. Put another way, increasing economic ties would not do anything to change the matter. It's just a matter of us deeming it politically important enough that it's believable we would break ties over this issue and China backing out first in that game of chicken.

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  2. Comment on Reclaiming Indian food from the white gaze in ~food

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    She explicitly mentions that she's had to do translation duties for menus while going out so I'm not sure what the issue is precisely - I doubt there are very many non-brown people writing Indian...

    She explicitly mentions that she's had to do translation duties for menus while going out so I'm not sure what the issue is precisely - I doubt there are very many non-brown people writing Indian cuisine recipes online in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, etc.

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  3. Comment on How Ayn Rand ruined my childhood in ~humanities

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    It's not really ironic, at least from her perspective. If money is being handed out, she will take it. Otherwise it's asking "Why didn't she act in a selfless way to support a selfish ideology?"...

    which is incredibly ironic considering Rand herself relied on social security near the end of her life.

    It's not really ironic, at least from her perspective. If money is being handed out, she will take it. Otherwise it's asking "Why didn't she act in a selfless way to support a selfish ideology?" It's definitely a great historical fact to point out to kneecap the appeal of the ideology, but not really ironic in my opinion if you are looking at it from an Objectivist point of view. It's the expected action.

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  4. Comment on [WARNING - transphobia] Gender critical has been banned - here are some links I’ve collected in ~test

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    It looks like most of your links have nothing to do with the issue of whether or not trans women should socially "count" as women? Are you sure you aren't being brainwashed the other way? It's not...

    It looks like most of your links have nothing to do with the issue of whether or not trans women should socially "count" as women? Are you sure you aren't being brainwashed the other way? It's not like "brainwashing" is exclusive to any one side.

    How would you feel about someone who said "trans women are women" and then posted a wall of almost completely irrelevant links? Continue holding your opinion if you want (although I disagree with it), just put your time and energy into something else please, for your own sake.

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  5. Comment on The Chinese government is engaging in a widespread, systematic campaign of forced birth control and sterilization on Uighurs and other minorities in ~news

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    A mass boycott would be much more threatening to China's long-term plans than whatever threat they view the Uighurs as posing to their social order. If it was a binary decision, I'm confident the...

    A mass boycott would be much more threatening to China's long-term plans than whatever threat they view the Uighurs as posing to their social order. If it was a binary decision, I'm confident the Chinese would choose to let the Uighur issue lie. The issue is though that it's mutually assured economic destruction, something they're counting on. Any boycott sufficiently powerful enough to coerce the Chinese would inevitably be crippling ourselves. Any action that would result in China kowtowing on this issue would be an extremely painful action to undertake, all for an uncertain outcome. You would have to match their long-term planning with our own long-term planning - if the Chinese saw that America was putting together a plan to divest itself of Chinese products on a 30 year timeline (and critically, they could somehow believe the plan would have momentum across administrations) then that would terrify them. Passing boycotts and tariffs are temporary problems by contrast that don't meaningfully threaten their long-term plans, because they can just as quickly disappear as they appeared. China knows that one of their biggest advantages is their ability to commit to long-term plans, although I am interested in how they will manage Xi's successor.

    Pretty much the only hope I see is that the change comes from within. One way we could influence this is by asking prestigious American universities to step up to their duty of properly educating Chinese nationals on liberal arts.

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  6. Comment on The Chinese government is engaging in a widespread, systematic campaign of forced birth control and sterilization on Uighurs and other minorities in ~news

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    We learned from the Holocaust, but so did China. They aren't conducting their genocide in the middle of a war. They're also not going as far with their violence, but instead focusing on the end...

    We learned from the Holocaust, but so did China. They aren't conducting their genocide in the middle of a war. They're also not going as far with their violence, but instead focusing on the end goal of extinction, and aren't ramping up the cruelty at the cost of possibly achieving their goal. They've also learned lessons from their own One Child policy. They know (the hard way) that the family planning of a generation eventually has consequences. Forced birth control is much less splashy of a genocide than mass killings, but just as effective when you're thinking about what the situation will be 20 years from now. This evil is smarter - China knows they just have to be patient and they can commit genocide through a thousand cuts. And it seems like they will probably be successful barring a substantial change in the world order.

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  7. Comment on What games have you been playing, and what's your opinion on them? in ~games

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    The Last of Us 2 was amazing and I'm very interested in seeing how reception will develop online in the years to come. I really do think a lot of people ruined it for themselves by looking into...

    The Last of Us 2 was amazing and I'm very interested in seeing how reception will develop online in the years to come. I really do think a lot of people ruined it for themselves by looking into the spoilers. Trolls might've spoiled people on one big beat of the game, but there's still so much else to it, and I don't think reading the spoilers or watching a walk-through is anywhere near equivalent to playing through the game yourself in terms of experiencing the story. Now, the game will certainly be a very difficult and emotional one for a lot of people to play through (and it's why I ascribe little value to the opinions of those who haven't actually played), and they may hate the game for that, but outside of that I think the overall story is amazing and one perfectly suited for the medium of video gaming. My biggest criticism would be about the story structure:

    Vague story structure spoilersThe cliffhanger was left hanging there for so long, and for what was originally implicit as the expected climax of the game. And then that climax is resolved, and then for a while I was constantly unsure of when the game was about to end or what the new climax would be. I loved all the individual parts of it and the emotional challenges, but I was thrown a bit off-balance since I lost my sense of pace in the story. I'm not sure how else I would've structured it though, it's a flaw that is born from the game's ambitious storytelling, so it's not surprising that they didn't get it perfect, but still, it was the sour note for me. Besides that, I was totally on board with what they were trying to do here.
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  8. Comment on How does Tildes feel about bots? in ~tildes

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