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Forum: Politics 12-31-2005, 12:39 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By The Don
Re: My questions after 2005

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1)Why was Afghanistan acceptable to attack, but Iraq was not?


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Neither were. The US military can overthrow as many regimes as it wants, but terrorists will still be...
Forum: Politics 12-23-2005, 01:53 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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Let me start off by saying that I think it is a ridiculous notion that a person has rights, but people don't.

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Why? Explain to me how a group of people can have rights.
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Forum: Politics 12-23-2005, 01:21 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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The government is people. People are the government. How can you not see that?

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"People" are not individuals. Only individuals have rights. Groups of people don't...
Forum: Politics 12-23-2005, 01:16 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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No. Government *REQUIRES* the use of (unprovoked) force.

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Why do governments require the use of force? My definition of government comes straight from...
Forum: Politics 12-23-2005, 01:13 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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The Union is not one person, it is many people. Are you saying they didn't have rights because they were a group rather than one person?

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The individuals have rights. The...
Forum: Politics 12-23-2005, 01:00 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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The acceptable use of force is in defense of one's property (life, autonomy, possesions).

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Fair enough. Now, the confederacy took the Union's property by...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 10:11 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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Anybody can exert force without being coerced into doing so.
So by your definition, is killing a right?

If it is not, can't any act of force be declared a right because of...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 10:01 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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If rights are not synonymous with abilities, then what ARE they? You may not use a protractor to answer this question.

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A right is something a person enjoys without the...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 09:50 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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Machineguns, bomber planes, and tanks give people the right to do anything they want.

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The ability. Not the right.

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Might makes right. I thought...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 04:59 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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Peter, you are really losing your grip. You place 600,000 dead versus the millions enslaved and who also often were treated harshly or killed at the whim of their owners. You posit that...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 04:53 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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You don't have a right to violate others' rights. That's the whole point - nobody has a right to *impose* upon *you*. Similarly, you have no right to impose murder or rape...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 04:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 21
Posted By The Don
Re: Is libertarianism at odds with Christianity?

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From an economics point of view we should support capitalism because it provides the best possible outcome for all of society. In other words, one should oppose welfare programs because...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 04:29 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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From a utilitarian point of view, it was in the Union's best interest to keep the south in the United States.

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Why?

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I highly doubt that the United States...
Forum: Multi-table Tournaments 12-22-2005, 02:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 18
Posted By The Don
Re: building a Tourney bankroll - from pscrew.com

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20% ROI is not "crushing the game"

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This is incorrect. I think the number of people with an ROI higher than 20% is very very low.

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Forum: Multi-table Tournaments 12-22-2005, 01:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4
Posted By The Don
Re: 180 SNG on stars

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Don't wanna start a new post... what's a reasonable roll for these?

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~100 buyins should probably be ok given the horrible play and the (relatively) small field.
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 01:37 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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I never consensted to any law that prohibits me from killing, stealing, and raping random women. Perhaps I am not bound by those laws since I never signed a piece of paper where I agreed...
Forum: Politics 12-22-2005, 01:27 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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If 3 people are on an island and one wants to escape, do the other two have the right to prevent him because they won a majority vote? Do they have the right to kill him when he...
Forum: Politics 12-21-2005, 03:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 18
Posted By The Don
Re: Media Coverage of Transit Strike

It is really tough for me to comment on the status quo since I believe the city monopoly on transportation to be an abomination (for obvious reasons which we can see now). I agree in a sense, I don't...
Forum: Politics 12-21-2005, 03:48 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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Here is some incriminating evidence as to Lincoln's true motives.

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"My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to...
Forum: Politics 12-20-2005, 01:44 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34
Posted By The Don
Re: Civil War arguments

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I've always thought that if it weren't for the slavery issue, I'd find it quite easy to defend the South's actions.

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Here is some incriminating evidence as to Lincoln's...
Forum: Politics 12-19-2005, 06:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 16
Posted By The Don
Re: Thank God for Roosevelt thru Bush 41

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In both cases, a group of people was tired of being ruled by another group of people.

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There's much more to it than just being "tired" of being ruled by another...
Forum: Politics 12-19-2005, 02:16 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 16
Posted By The Don
Re: Thank God for Roosevelt thru Bush 41

Ok, here is a synopsis. In both cases, a group of people was tired of being ruled by another group of people. In the case of the American Revolution, it was the King/Parliament. In the case of the...
Forum: Politics 12-19-2005, 02:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14
Posted By The Don
Re: Rambling thoughts about the US military

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First of all, 10% of the US military is more than enough to sway attackers.

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No, it is not. In fact, it is not even close.

There is a very clear reason...
Forum: Politics 12-19-2005, 02:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14
Posted By The Don
Re: Rambling thoughts about the US military

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All cops are jackbooted thugs

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Ok, I'm with you.

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and by virtue of their existence, take away all of your liberty. All of it, every last fiber of it
Forum: Politics 12-19-2005, 01:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 16
Posted By The Don
Re: Thank God for Roosevelt thru Bush 41

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also if you use that logic then you can't really justify the American Revolution

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Different situation.

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For one, how so?
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