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  1. Yeah, well, some of us don't see it that way. The only thing I see in your post I can agree with at all is fighting usury, but our solution is 180 degrees from yours. The way to fight usury is to have a country full of strong, independent individuals who are all well educated in the dangers of taking on too much debt, who are cautious when approached by lenders, who have self-control when it comes to purchasing, are educated in basic household finance, are strong in their convictions that the government should not take on unsustainable amounts of debt to finance itself (and especially not to hand out money to the masses), that people should be savers who put away resources for a rainy day, that people should be vigilant and "be prepared" for the worst, etc. But I will always debate against forcing policies on people "for their own good" such as those in rhetorical capital-"S" Socialism and communism (and not so rhetorical in some cases ... some of this stuff is becoming policy). These cynical philosophies all come at the problem with centralized solutions under the assumption that the common man is too stupid to take care of himself. Modern leftism in the United States is one of the most racists philosophies out there, it presupposes in modern times that certain groups of people are so devoid of morals that they can't be expected to obey laws because of their upbringing, can't take advantage of the opportunities available to everyone in the country to better themselves, can't start businesses because of "systemic oppression", and all the other buzzwords of the modern left, and I reject all of that in its entirety. I was once what might have been considered to be a leftist when I was young, and my positions haven't radically changed ... I still believe in individual freedom, individual responsibility, the expansive mind, anti-authoritarianism, individual rights, and I have very liberal leanings on a variety of policies from free speech to due process, all products of the Enlightenment, and all championed by 1960's counter-culture and the human potentiality movement .... yet now, somehow, I find that after a lifetime of basically not moving politically I'm suddenly allied not with the left, but with the right ... with the people being labeled Nazi's, fascists, etc, because the left has abandoned its principled stand on a variety of issues I feel are important and started censoring speech, dehumanizing everyone they disagree with, championing authoritarianism, supporting racism and segregation, and using fascist tactics to advance their agenda.
  2. Oh, your generation has seen plenty of communism ... it's just that now a lot of you are championing it after a lifetime of "education". In the United States people are proposing "reforms" that we used to laugh about when I was young, except nobody is laughing now because it is all too real. The latest poll I've seen is 40% of Americans now support some form of socialism (in the American sense of the word, not the UK/EU sense) .. and I'm not saying that to equate small-"S" socialism with communism, but rather to show that there has been a radical departure of the left AND the right from the "center", there is now a giant chasm between the peoples of the U.S. that wasn't there during the cold war on the very policies and rhetoric that were at the heart of the cold war.
  3. Some day the people on the remain side who refused to support May's proposals may look back with some regret, she may have been their last, best hope for an EU compromise. I think the same thing about Trump's infrastructure and immigration proposals ... some day the left in the United States might look back at Trump as "the good ole days ..." that they didn't take advantage of when they had the chance.
  4. You can't be too hard on older people. Young people weren't around for the cold war, they have no idea what it was like to be under constant threat of nuclear war, it shaped two generations of people. It's easy for young people to think it is silly, or worse, to think it didn't even happen, or that the fear was unwarranted ..
  5. This is funny ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGL-XJPuCuo
  6. Every time the UK votes on May's Brexit deal you have to drink.
  7. You just refuse to give war a chance, auger. /s
  8. I read today that Hope not Hate has an emergency campaign happening right now because they fear Tommy Robinson is going to win his election for MP. I love mischief and would enjoy seeing that happen just to watch a media melt down, that would be incredibly entertaining and I would be 24/7 searching the net for salt and tears lol. While you're at it, you guys can vote Sargon of Akkad into office too LOL, it would be just as fun watching all the transistors that make up the Internet melt.
  9. That's where I know the name from, I mean, in addition to the movie of course.
  10. The state of Brexit must be infuriating to people who live in the UK ... because it's a little frustrating to watch even from outside the country. There just appears to be zero consensus among the politicians, even if your referendum passed. No matter what is brought up, it seems like "no" is the only answer anybody has. Maybe someone should try to pass the "We're going to do anything but a hard Brexit, and if this fails then the only option left is hard Brexit" ... and let everyone vote no
  11. I agree with this, it's amazing who is labeled "far right" now. In the UK, for example, Sargon of Akkad is now "far right", but I've seen his Youtube videos all along and that guy is just a comedian and troll, and basically what in the U.S. would be called a Libertarian. People have been labeling folks like Tim Pool and Dave Rubin "far right", and I mean wtf ... Dave Rubin literally worked for the Young Turks, and Tim Pool was an occupy Wall Street guy, these are not "far right" people. Far right, if that term means anything, is somebody like Golden Dawn ... but these days anybody who isn't pretty far left is labeled "far right" by the left. Calling people "far right" now carries about as much punch as calling people racists, misogynists, homophobes, fascist, etc .. which is to say not much punch at all. The terms have been so misused as to be almost meaningless.
  12. One thing I'd say about this is that in the beginning, the Youtube and Twitters of the world were themselves the revolutionary new means of communication that was going to set everyone free. Thing is, once they tap into all the money from advertising and get taken over by people who are only in it for the money, they all change their tune. These platforms stopped being for free speech about the same time as they became the new establishment. Guaranteed whatever replaces them will follow the same path. I remember when places like Youtube boasted that they were the free speech alternatives to mass media ... now they're out there banning and censoring, demonetizing, etc, and trying to clean up their platform to keep it advertiser friendly. They know where their money comes from and are perfectly willing to play the short game to keep it flowing. Once the Telegrams's of the world figure the advertising game out, they will probably make the same decisions.
  13. Yes I agree there are a lot of people here who are collectors, maybe more-so than they are bullion buyers. I'm not immune, even I buy 90% silver Mercury dimes in the U.S. that have a higher premium than straight bullion, but still in that case I don't consider it "collecting" as much as just getting bullion in a size that I want which would be impossible at the price I'm getting it if it weren't minted already. Meaning that I couldn't go to a mint and purchase 1/10th ounce of silver without paying a substantial premium on it, but 90% dimes were minted a long time ago and the premium is much lower on them. There are a lot of actual collectors on this forum, some paying large premiums on the metal, some investing in the numismatic value of the coins, some in the artistic value of coins and poured bullion, etc.
  14. No, the U.S. Constitution doesn't move them from natural to civil/legal ... they remain natural, the civil/legal is on the governments side to protect those natural rights. Who enforces the rights ... the people do, and people at every level of government are, they are literally required to swear an oath to uphold our Constitution when they take office. Our entire system from the right to bear arms to the Supreme court is in place to keep the government in check.