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 No.542753[Reply]

Honestly just wondering why the US Empire doesn’t just call itself the US or American Empire?
What’s the point in all the euphemisms when everyone understands there is no freedom or choice?
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 No.544093

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>>543933
There were tons of historical empires with nominally independent puppet governments. Hell, if you just read the Bible you'd be informed outright that the latter kings of Judea were just puppets of the Romans, and most historians don't regard these puppet regimes as being genuinely independent "allies" of the Roman Empire.

 No.544105

>>544093
Not only did "many" empires throughout history do this, I think most empires actually did that
Usually you find "allies" who "side with you" until you eventually drop the pretenses and make them a territory
The Romans did it, Aztecs did it, Spanish did it, French did it, the original plan Britain had was to form a hegemonic empire of just "allies"

 No.544820

>>543680
american involvement with latin america has always been passed off as drawing a line in the sand to european colonialism. to us that just looks like a great power carving out its own imperial sphere of influence, but it is passed off to the public as a resistance to european colonialism. i already pointed out the latent features of that sentiment with the nasser example and acknowledged that it was quickly done away with.

the question at hand is why americans don't admit they're an empire. and in that context, the postwar period is the only one that really matters since that is what is actually in the public's memory. no one gives a shit about the spanish-american war anymore. empire was justified through anticommunism for the vast majority of relevant american culture.

 No.544895

>>542753
You do understand that empires and civilizations are at the end of the day kept up by pretenses? A state always has some raison d'etre, some purpose that it claims to uphold, that it must maintain to hide what states actually are, and that institutions only concern themselves with their own perpetuation.

 No.544899

>>543422
>>543384
It's basically like Rome with its anti-king pretense even during the fucking Empire.

>>544093
Luckily they cut those books out of the Protestant Bible that Americans use.



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 No.502270[Reply][Last 50 Posts]

In Australia the only large non corporate controlled trade union was attacked, by hundred of it's own members, because its "communist for not preventing forced vaccinations". (The union actually was against forced vaccines lol). So the most radical elements in the Australian working class are anti vax fascists. The country might be closer to fascism then USA I have no idea.
Is this some kind of false flag, a prominent Zionist Avi Yemeni was there.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWfEvGWEgJ8
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 No.540959

>>540869
>2. there are plenty of "covid deniers" in here but you only deleted the one that displayed in full light the absurdity of the vaccine's testing timelines. why?
most of them are samefags. welcome newfriend

 No.541405

>>540922
exactly my point. there aren't covid deniers here. only those who argue in favour of being hesitant to take the vaccine.
>>540953
>we should all just kowtow to the establishment's narrative and allow any overreaches of power to go unchecked because… BECAUSE WE JUST SHOULD OK
Good lord. Am I to suppose that bringing up the death rate and demographics is covid denial now? can't you see how insane that is?
>>540959
99 unique IPs in a 400+ post thread seems like organic discussion

 No.544809

>>540856
what covid denial? this site has gone to shit

 No.544865

>>540846
What’s liberal about taking a free vaccine? I think you don’t know what liberal even means.

 No.544878

>>544865
It's liberal because it perpetuates the misinformation that you can "vaccine yourself out of a pandemic" which you can not - the virus will have to become endemic which doesn't seem to be happening compared to the Spanish flu, which was a minor cold in its third wave, meanwhile we are on the fourth wave of infections.

The reason Western governments only see the vaccine as a solution and mandate it by brutally threatening your basic rights and social security is because they are socially incapable of doing anything else. China and Vietnam beat the pandemic with a multi-faceted approach, but this kind of social organization is impossible under neoliberalism. So yes, fetishizing flu vaccination to an irrational degree including penalizing those who do not want to get it is pretty much the liberal dilemma.



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 No.542355[Reply]

With the rise of CRISPR technology is it possible? And what should be enhanced of humans first? Intellect? lifespan? health and immunity to disease? Resistance to extreme heat/cold? Strength? Looks and attractiveness? Last one is a bit subjective\

How would genetic engineering play into socialism? Why not engineer everyone to have a genius level intellect and it would accelerate technological change unbelievably?
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 No.544140

>>543922
knowledge is becoming more widespread, also unlike bomb making, this info won't be censored
>>544036
you don't need to edit all cells to cause a change in trait expression

 No.544243

Personally I would push to fix annoying shit about human biology such as dick and balls being so vulnerable, periods, and the back/spine in general.

 No.544615

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>>542355
>With the rise of CRISPR technology is it possible? And what should be enhanced of humans first? Intellect? lifespan? health and immunity to disease? Resistance to extreme heat/cold? Strength? Looks and attractiveness? Last one is a bit subjective\
Pic related

 No.544796

>>544615
rifter gf plz

 No.544805

>>544615
looks cool but why not just do a hivemind right away?



 No.543976[Reply]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPV5EPtQ-dY
>German Anti mask schizo shoots cashier
Whats up with this? Germany even had a racist mass shooting last year where 9 migrants died. Is Germany the America of europe now or something?
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 No.544450

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>>544443
Oh, btw, that's because Anglo is also a Spanish term for non-Hispanic white. So German-Texans are Anglo nowadays. There was a shooting in El Paso a few years ago by a /pol/face Nazi guy and the sheriff referred to him as "Anglo" in a press conference, and I remember comments online being like "what… Anglo?"

 No.544453

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Lots of seething anglos itt

 No.544457

>>544453
What does hating Germans have to do with no sex lol

 No.544492

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>>544457
Media narratives don't have to make sense.

 No.544789

>>544147
<And they got away with it
Truly, eternal.



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 No.544686[Reply]

How were retards treated in the USSR/PRC?
What is the communist take on retards?

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 No.544698

>>544686
they face the wall or get imprisoned

 No.544718

They're given proper education and healthcare and suitable work

 No.544726

If you're a worker, you're a worker.



 No.544659[Reply]

>A five-day course of molnupiravir, the new medicine being hailed as a “huge advance” in the treatment of Covid-19, costs $17.74 to produce, according to a report issued last week by drug pricing experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and King’s College Hospital in London. Merck is charging the U.S. government $712 for the same amount of medicine, or 40 times the price.
>Last Friday’s announcement that the new medicine cut the risk of hospitalization among clinical trial participants with moderate or mild illness in half could have huge implications for the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Because it’s a pill — as opposed to monoclonal antibodies, a comparable antiviral treatment that is administered intravenously — molnupiravir is expected to be more widely used and, hopefully, will cut the death rate. In the first 29 days of the trial, no deaths were reported among the 385 patients who received the drug, while eight of the people who received a placebo died, according to the statement put out by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, the two companies that are jointly launching it.
>In addition to having huge implications for health, the pill could bring staggering profits to both Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics. A small Miami-based company, Ridgeback licensed the medicine from Emory University in 2020 and two months later sold the worldwide rights to the drug to Merck for an undisclosed sum. Although Ridgeback remains involved in the development of the drug, some have described the deal as “flipping.”
>Like the vast majority of medicines on the market, molnupiravir — which was originally investigated as a possible treatment for Venezuelan equine encephalitis — was developed using government funds. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency, a division of the Department of Defense, provided more than $10 million of funding in 2013 and 2015 to Emory University, as research done by the nonprofit Knowledge Ecology International has revealed. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, also provided Emory with more than $19 million in additional grants.
>Yet only Merck and Ridgeback will reap the profits from the new antiviral, which according to Quartz could bring in as much as $7 billion by the end of this year. After the announcement oPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

 No.544713

>>544659
you know, the bourgeois doing bsns as usual

 No.544716

>people with placebo died
they were probably given a warning that it might not work, but imagine dying bc you were the negative control in the science experiment

 No.544723

Use COVID-19 general or USApol general.



 No.544530[Reply]

Can you point me to literature that can teach me economics from a capitalist standpoint? Something comprehensive, but preferably not too long (sub 800 pages). I want to be well accustomed to the conceptualization and rationalization of contemporary economics from a capitalist standpoint, because otherwise I feel like I'm being intellectually dishonest, although I have some understanding of how deeply flawed capitalism is on a systemic level.
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 No.544563

>>544562
You still don't know what you're talking about retard :^)

 No.544571

>>544551
Keep in mind that wealth of nations is mostly supposed to be a philosophy book tho,and is mostly full of him speculating about what he imagine would be a better economy. (which I still found interesting to understand where the classical economist found their misconceptions,ie completely misunderstanding god,or the "invisible hand" as Smith calls it)
Only the three things that are cited like debt/credit being the first in history before money and bartering are really useful if you move to other books after,but I understand that the point is to read as little as possible.

 No.544578

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>>544563
Here, you should listen to a real economist.
>Carl Menger – Austrian economist notorious for saying that facts don’t matter: “even if money did not originate from barter, could it have?" In typical junk-economics fashion Menger insisted that money is a “hard” asset, not a social creation, and that it has nothing to do with government or paying fees and taxes to it. The reality is that historical records document the origin of money as a medium to pay debts to Sumerian temples. But Austrian “individualistic” ideology became the foundation for Ludwig von Mises, Frederick von Hayek and others seeking to impose austerity by blocking public money creation and budget deficits (except to subsidize bankers and bondholders each time they wreck the economy).
>Opposing public regulation and ownership, the Austrian School created a parallel universe in which governments did not appear except as a burden, not as playing a key role in industrial development as historically has been the case, above all in Germany, the United States and Japan. Carl Menger developed an anachronistic fable that individuals developed money as an outgrowth of barter, seeking a convenient store of value and means of exchange. The reality is that money was developed by cost accountants in Bronze Age Mesopotamian temples and palaces, mainly as a means of denominating debts. (See my forthcoming book, The Lost Tradition of Biblical Debt Cancellations.) Few transactions during the crop season were paid in money, but took the form of personal debts mounting up to fall due on the threshing floor when the harvest was in. Mercantile trade debts typically doubled the advance of merchandise or money after five years. Most of these advances were initially made by temple or palace handicraft workshops, or collectors in the palace bureaucracy. Menger’s Austrian theory ignored the fact that weights and measures were developed in the temples and palaces, and that throughout antiquity silver and other metals were produced in standardized purity by temple mints to avoid private-sector fraud. This history has been expurgated, as if enterprise only occurs in the private sector, needing no public role or regulation. Also not appearing is the exploitation of labor by industrial capitalists. Austrians developed the idea of “time preference.” ProfitsPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

 No.544592

>>544530
You could watch Turd Flinging Monkey's Monkeynomics series. TFM is a libertarian MGTOW that wants to take women's rights away.

 No.544637

>>544578
Again you still don't know what you're talking about



 No.543253[Reply]

>A global supply-chain crisis has emptied shelves, creating a cascading effect of shortages and price hikes that have become increasingly difficult to pin to a single item.
>During an everyday errand run, The Atlantic's staff writer Derek Thompson said he found that snarls in the global supply chain had created an "everything shortage." Thompson said what should have been a quick errand run for an at-home COVID-19 test, some paper towels, and prescription drugs turned into a sort of multistore scavenger hunt.
>The shopper went to a CVS, whose at-home COVID-19 tests and paper towels had sold out. Then, he went to a Walgreens that had run out of everyday prescription medications, as well as a Target, whose ransacked shelves were "alarmingly barren, like the canned-food section of a grocery store one hour before a hurricane makes landfall," he said.
>Thompson's plight — read his full account here — represents a common scenario in US retail stores. At the onset of the pandemic, panic buying of household goods like
toilet paper
and disinfectant wipes pushed jarring shortages across the country and prompted price hikes and rationing. While the shortages seemed to abate as 2020 came to a close, 2021 has brought its own shortages. From short supplies of chicken wings, diapers, and toilet paper to homes, furniture, computer chips, and cars, it seems no market has escaped the effects of the global supply-chain crisis.
>What's more, the crisis shows no signs of easing anytime soon. Last month, two of the largest ports in the US hit multiple records, as over 60 hulking cargo ships floated off the coast of Southern California — and it's not the only US port breaking records.
>It's not just one issue plaguing the supply chain, in what Thompson calls a "hydra of bottlenecks." Backlogs at the ports have also caused delays at warehouses, on railways, and across the trucking industry.
>The amount of time, as well as the amount of money, it takes to ship an item from Asia to its final destination in the US has more than doubled in the past year, and experts are sounding the alarm. Last month, multiple executives told customers to brace for continued shortages and price hikes into 2023.
>The holiday season is Post too long. Click here to view the full text.
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 No.544484

>>543280
That's wishful thinking on your part. Capitalists are running every single logistic line ragged - Airport staff, truckers, and sailors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GABLJbNvTIc

 No.544526

>>544431
40 years of neoliberalism and consumption as an identity means people not getting their consumer items and convienence at their will can spiral into a revolutionary situation

 No.544527

>>544438
What good is self-autonomy if you're dead?

 No.544570

>>544527
GIVE ME LIBERTY AND GIVE ME DEATH

 No.544603

>>544527
people can take what risks they want if you want to be an alcoholic who drinks a lot and dies early thats your choice, if you want to exercise and be healthy thats your choice, why should the state mandate that people follow a piraticular lifestyle



 No.542749[Reply]

Can we discuss the boomer question? There was another thread on gen Z, but it makes little sense to problematize gen z as they still have time to work the kinks out and have marginal social power aside from being social media savvy and young in a culture that idealizes youth. Boomers are, as everyone knows, the generation of most sociopolitical significance because they dominate the economy and politics.

There is little doubt in my mind that they are the source of many of society's ills, but I don't necessarily think because of the rotten and out-of-touch mentality stereotypically attributed to them. I believe it is more basic than that .

The problem with boomers per se is not the boomers themselves, but the basic fact that human civilization is not adjusted to having the generation in power last as long as they. Typically the eldest generation expires before they become unable to respond to current problems. We have modern medicine to blame for being too good. Boomers are the longest lived generation in history. The reason that's the bad thing is that their mental model of the world is not just wrong, it is woefully outdated by neurobiological necessity. Their view of the world has frozen at a certain date at which the mind stops updating itself according the curtailment of synaptic growth and neuroplasticity due to age and the result senescence. As such boomers still rule, but they do not understand what they rule over, as their cognitive operating system which renders their model of the world is not only out of date but no longer supported.

Therefore the whole discourse about the boomer problem has been somewhat mislead. Although there are historical and socioeconomic dynamics unique to the boomer generation which are valid issues, as boomers were raised to be greedy hogs and were taught that selfishness was a virtue, making them their generational spawning the perfect ideological acolytes for capitalism. However there is an additional problem with them which will be the case in the future, supposing that life expectancy remains at current levels or continues to grow. And that is simply that gerontocracy has deep flaws associated with the tapering of cognitive ability and obsolescence of mental models that comes with senescence.

Thoughts on this theory? Thoughts in general?
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 No.543844

>>542749
This attempt at describing the brains of boomers as fundamentally different from the rest of us in a way that makes them inferior is, dare I say, reeking of almost fascism. Pretty disgusting. They're reactionary due to having lots of capital they want to protect.

 No.543912

>>543401
I think all of us here would greatly enjoy to read what you have to say about the specificity of economic landscape post-WW2 and how it influenced the representation of capitalism by the people who participated in it. I'm really interested in the "many factors which are non-repeatable" part.
What are these factors and why aren't they repeatable?

 No.544043

>>543401
>many factors which are non-repeatable
a few of them might be…

 No.544531

>>543401
I didn't want to write all that but yes, besides time they also had good timing.

 No.544534

>>543912
>What are these factors and why aren't they repeatable?
The destruction of most imperialist capitalist economies during WWII and the subsequent rebuild are impossible to repeat thanks to the advent of nuclear weapons, you can't rebuild after nuclear war the same way you do after a conventional war.



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 No.544169[Reply]

What does /leftypol/ think of peter zeihan. Is his analisis about demographic collapse in Europe and East Asia correct, as well as his predictions about a comming reduction in global trade? Or is his work just burger imepralist cope.
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 No.544321

>>544222
he thinks that America will decouple from China not because American business wants to, but because China is running out of workers, according to him their is no choice

 No.544364

>>544321
>Last 5 age cohorts are mostly same size
<Demographic collapse
? if this continues for the rest of the century China's population will stabilize at around ~1.25 billion assuming life expectancy remains the same

 No.544371

>>544364
China will cover the gap via productivity improvements, so it won't collapse obviously, but the marginal profitability of investment will fall as well as a result. Hence china will not collapse (not really the argument as far as I understand Zeihan) but there will be a foreign divestment from China as China modernizes further and a levelling off of trade deficits b/w China and the US at least.

 No.544441

>>544371
>so it won't collapse obviously, but the marginal profitability of investment will fall as well as a result.
the rate of profit will fall a lot, and expenditure on elder care will balloon, peter's predictions of a collapse sound extreme, but a slowdown seems likely

 No.544514

>>544371
>>544364
keep in mid that aging will slow economic growth, but increase living standards as less people means less resources required for higher living standards



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