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#81 User is offline   RedSpawn 

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Posted 2017-August-23, 15:13

View PostAl_U_Card, on 2017-August-23, 14:43, said:

At an even deeper level, the genocide that decimated Amerindians was all part of the "expansion" of the (empire) nation. Keeping up with the killing left fewer resources for maintaining a structure of slavery and oppression of commoners by the rich elite. Resources, land and gold were the goals. The Southern states resisted the northern financial interests, especially their attempts to control and manipulate the cotton supplies and prices. Being the South's main source of revenue, this meant war. It is all about economy and money, after all. Killing and enslavement are just part of the process.

Ah yes, a means to an end.

This has all of the makings of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations.

And when you said,

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The Southern states resisted the northern financial interests, especially their attempts to control and manipulate the cotton supplies and prices
, a light bulb went off. We are no longer under the "invisible hand" of the marketplace that guides market forces.

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr., author of The Visible Hand, uses eight propositions to show how and why the visible hand of management replaced what Adam Smith referred to as invisible hand of the market forces:
  • that the US modern multi-unit business replaced small traditional enterprise, when administrative coordination permitted better profits than the coordination by market mechanism;
  • that a managerial hierarchy have been created for this multi-unit business enterprise;
  • that multi-unit business enterprise appeared for the first time in history in a time when the volume of economic activities reached a level that made administrative coordination more efficient than market coordination;
  • that once a managerial hierarchy has been created and had successfully carried out its functions of administrative coordination, the hierarchy itself became a source of power, permanence and continued growth;
  • that the careers of the salaried managers became increasingly professional and technical;
  • that the multi-unit business enterprise grew in size and diversity and as its managers became more professional, the management of the enterprise became separated from its ownership;
  • that managers preferred policies that favored long term stability and growth of their enterprises to those that maximized current profits;
  • that as the large enterprises grew and dominated major sectors of the economy they altered the basic structure of these sectors and of the economy as a whole.

And now management's hand in corporations (legal fictions) are so large that they have a material impact on the broader economy as a whole. . . .Alfred Chandler was right except for bullet #7---> Management is only concerned about short-term profits thanks to incentive plans such as employee stock option plans (ESOP) where management is given company stock warrants at market price (and they can sell for higher prices once they goose up quarterly profits and meet market analysts expectations).
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Posted 2017-August-23, 16:03

You mention 8 propositions, then conclude 7 of them are correct. hmmmm we seem to be missing something in between. :)

I see there are 8 propositions to support an even bigger proposition...call it prop9

In any event to follow your logic...prop9 is unproven since prop7 is false.
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Posted 2017-August-23, 18:45

View Postbarmar, on 2017-August-23, 13:46, said:

Symbols matter (if not, why do we have statues and monuments in the first place?). Memorializing racists suggests that we still believe in the ideas they espoused. And racial biases come from those attitudes.

Basically, they're another aspect of a societal problem that impacts the African-American community. Taking down Confederate flags and statues of Confederate war heroes is a signal that these attitudes are no longer considered appropriate. More significantly, refusing to take them down implies that you think there's something great about what they represented.

Could you imagine Germany having monuments to Hitler and the Third Reich? There are ways to remember the past without glorifying it -- they've turned concentration camps into museums where people can learn about the atrocities committed there, with the hope that such things will never be repeated. We've done the same thing with Alcatraz, although I'm not suggesting that it's comparable to Auschwitz.


I understand all that. But my original question remains: How will the lives of black Americans be improved by tearing down Confederate monuments...or any other monument for that matter? I've read that The Reverend Al Sharpton considers the Jefferson Memorial "an insult to my family". If we take them all down will blacks instantaneously be free to stop murdering each other in Chicago? Will they be free to stop making babies they can't support? Will they be free to have households that include both a mother and a father? Will they be free to graduate from high school or trade school and find a decent job? Or will they just be free to start another hysterical "movement" and raise hell about that? And please note.......I am not condemning just blacks here. There are plenty of whites with the same shortcomings. I don't have much use for them either.

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Posted 2017-August-23, 18:58

View PostRedSpawn, on 2017-August-23, 14:10, said:

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Ok Chas, here is a photo of the Georgia State Flag in 1941. Nothing special here.

So what exactly happened during the 1950's that the Georgia state government (and constituency) decided they needed to change the flag to this. . . this flag lasted from 1956-2001.

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Did the masses all of a sudden get sentimental about the Antebellum South and Old Dixie in the 1950's? Remember, symbols have meaning, and the change of this flag had a meaning as well. . .

http://www.todayinge...gia-flag-change


And from the mouth of the Governor during the era of the flag change:
The 1956 Legislative Session: Preserving Segregation

Fortunately, the mores and established customs of the South have evolved since the 1950's (with the help of the Supreme Court of the United States).


I am well aware of all that. I lived through it; I was born in 1938. Marvin Griffin was not my favorite governor. The Georgia flag was changed again in 2003.

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Posted 2017-August-23, 20:10

It sort of rubs me the wrong way that someone born in 1938 can get away with passing judgment on large groups of people with the conclusion that you "don't have much use for them"

It's a good thing my generation doesn't consider decrepit old guys second-rate citizens as you do blacks.

Let us know how that makes you feel.
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Posted 2017-August-23, 20:12

View PostWinstonm, on 2017-August-19, 16:53, said:

The Civil War ended the idea that secession was or is legal. There still is in the constitution a prohibition called treason for "making war against the United States". At the time of the Civil War, Lee was still an American citizen. Hence, treasonous. He lost his citizenship for making war against the U.S. and was never fully pardoned until Gerald Ford reinstated his citizenship.

Read Lee's writings. His loyalty was to his state, at a time when the federal government had not yet overridden the sovereignty of the states. Yes, Lincoln changed that. He did it by ignoring the Constitution.

"No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

When and where was Lee convicted of treason?
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Posted 2017-August-23, 20:54

View Postblackshoe, on 2017-August-23, 20:12, said:

Read Lee's writings. His loyalty was to his state, at a time when the federal government had not yet overridden the sovereignty of the states. Yes, Lincoln changed that. He did it by ignoring the Constitution.

"No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

When and where was Lee convicted of treason?


The only reason he was not tried was due to the amnesty that he had to apply for in writing. That he has no "official" trial history does not make him less treasonous, does it? Had he been killed in combat rather than surviving the way, would he still not be treasonous due to his actions?
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Posted 2017-August-24, 00:28

View PostWinstonm, on 2017-August-23, 20:54, said:

That he has no "official" trial history does not make him less treasonous, does it? Had he been killed in combat rather than surviving the way, would he still not be treasonous due to his actions?

This quote could just as easily be applied to George Washington as to Robert E. Lee. The difference between a traitor or terrorist and a freedom fighter is often viewpoint and the end result.

View PostChas_P, on 2017-August-23, 18:45, said:

I understand all that. But my original question remains: How will the lives of black Americans be improved by tearing down Confederate monuments...or any other monument for that matter?

Changing underlying cultural attitudes is often the key to success in cases like this, in much the same way as educating people about smoking being unhealthy has generally been less effective than making it less "cool". So yes, tearing down monuments that support a general attitude of racism in the population can provide a noticeable improvement to the lives of black Americans over time when combined with a wider campaign of intolerance being unacceptable and generally familiarising Americans to other cultures (since a lot of racism comes from mistrust of the unknown).

The tragedy of the current situation is that having a POTUS essentially take the view that racism is acceptable is likely to put back much of the good from such initiatives by at least a generation. Changing attitudes is a slow process and things that provide a veneer of acceptability, whether they be symbolic statues, influential speeches or just tweets that reach a wide audience, make the process even slower.

The rest of your post is so overtly racist that I thought initially it was some quote from the 19th century rather than your own words. It is precisely this kind of attitude - all blacks are murderers and school dropouts, without the level of humanity to hold a family together - that needs to be eradicated. That you posted this sh!te lowers my opinion of you greatly and I hope you will now distance yourself from the views. Writing that you are "not condeming just blacks" afterwards does not make your post any less offensive, nor you any less of a racist.
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Posted 2017-August-24, 01:28

View PostChas_P, on 2017-August-23, 18:45, said:

I understand all that. But my original question remains: How will the lives of black Americans be improved by tearing down Confederate monuments...or any other monument for that matter? I've read that The Reverend Al Sharpton considers the Jefferson Memorial "an insult to my family". If we take them all down will blacks instantaneously be free to stop murdering each other in Chicago? Will they be free to stop making babies they can't support? Will they be free to have households that include both a mother and a father? Will they be free to graduate from high school or trade school and find a decent job? Or will they just be free to start another hysterical "movement" and raise hell about that? And please note.......I am not condemning just blacks here. There are plenty of whites with the same shortcomings. I don't have much use for them either.

Chas, you have to be very careful when you discount segments of the population in a wholesale fashion and characterize them as disposable containers who you "don't have much use for".

Recall just 5 years ago, Presidential candidate Mitt Romney iterated the exact same sentiments to a crowd of uber-rich aristocrats during a Presidential campaign fundraiser. He made the case he saw no use for 47% of the population of 300,000,000 Americans who are essentially freeloaders of government since they allegedly pay no income tax. [No need to prove his logic wrong here -- that has already been done]. This country would be a better place if we could just get rid of the much maligned welfare kings and welfare queens who pimp the system and drain it from deserving people who really need it, right?

But what I find very interesting is your disdain for the poor non-working whites and blacks, but not as much disdain for faceless multinational corporations that receive their own special brand of corporate welfare which robs the Treasury of HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars annually.

These multinational corporations get a special tax treatment though "deferred income tax" accounting in which they pay ABSOLUTELY NO income taxes or very very low income taxes by moving manufacturing sites overseas but running all their general and administrative overhead costs through their U.S. entities. So, the US entity has all of these operating costs and book losses and they get to defer taxes even though they made a $hitload of money overseas where the product was created and sold and they allegedly pay a tax in the country where the product was created/sold. Hmmmm. And now, these same NO and uber-low-paying tax paying entities can use their excess profits to buy politicians during election cycles by contributing unlimited sums of money (profits) to PACs and SUPER-PACs.

Unfortunately, the corporate tax revenues that should be in the U.S. Treasury to pay "bills" remain in corporate treasuries instead. Therefore, corporations are receiving obscene tax breaks at the expense of John Q. Public. This political engineering hampers our government's ability to uphold the social contract of protecting and preserving society, but fattens politicians' and big business' pockets. The corporations can use these delicious tax breaks to reconfigure our political and business institutions to suit their needs while jeopardizing our safety nets.

I am quite confident if we run the numbers for the corporate welfare (tax breaks) and graft and corruption in the military industrial complex (REMEMBER WE CAN'T EVEN GET RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS), we need to fear corporations and the military industrial complex far more than the alleged welfare kings and queens for whom we have no use.

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https://www.cbpp.org...rate-tax-reform
https://www.cbpp.org...me-tax-revenues

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Posted 2017-August-24, 05:23

View PostZelandakh, on 2017-August-24, 00:28, said:

The rest of your post is so overtly racist that I thought initially it was some quote from the 19th century rather than your own words.


LOL. I wondered how long it would take for someone to drag out the "r" word....the standard retort of leftists to those who don't share their worldview. I will retreat now, properly shamed, into my basket with all the other deplorables.

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Posted 2017-August-24, 05:26

View PostChas_P, on 2017-August-24, 05:23, said:

LOL. I wondered how long it would take for someone to drag out the "r" word....the standard retort of leftists to those who don't share their worldview. I will retreat now, properly shamed, into my basket with all the other deplorables.


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Posted 2017-August-24, 06:04

View PostChas_P, on 2017-August-24, 05:23, said:

I will retreat now, properly shamed, into my basket with all the other deplorables.

If you are going to make racist statements here then it is probably best that you do so, yes. Let us be absolutely clear that racism, sexism and the like are not acceptable. You probably do not consider yourself a racist but your previous post is absolutely clear, demonstrating, to take an Oxford definition: "The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races."

If you consider it left wing to call out racism when seen then I wish everyone were a "leftist" by your definition. It rather amuses me that you would consider me a left-winger; even my foster father, whose self-described political position was "somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan" did not consider me so. In the real world, there are plenty of non-racists to the right of centre and I would like to think that that number will increase. Of course noone can stop you from remaining racist if that is your choice, just do not bring it here, or if you do expect to be called out on it. No problem in discussing issues for which race is a factor in a civilised way but you are way across the line of acceptability and if those are really your beliefs then yes, you absolutely do qualify for Hillary's basket of deplorables.
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Posted 2017-August-24, 07:57

"standard retort of leftists" lol

i think all we need at this point is a BUT HER EMAILS post and we'll have reached maximum absurdity. what an absolute dumpster fire
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Posted 2017-August-24, 08:15

View PostChas_P, on 2017-August-24, 05:23, said:

LOL. I wondered how long it would take for someone to drag out the "r" word....the standard retort of leftists to those who don't share their worldview. I will retreat now, properly shamed, into my basket with all the other deplorables.

Chas, I didn't use the "r" word.

I want to know your political view on the corporate welfare behemoths versus the welfare kings and queens we have been complaining about since the Reagan years. Both are responsible for draining our U.S. Treasury of billions of $$$, yet corporate welfare has generally been characterized as "respectable" and "strategic" tax avoidance/evasion schemes while poor welfare recipients are outright "frauds" and "hustlers" of ill repute.

My opinion is that both are dangerous, but based on $ volume, corporations are a bigger threat to our federal debt.
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Posted 2017-August-24, 09:54

View Postjjbrr, on 2017-August-23, 20:10, said:

It's a good thing my generation doesn't consider decrepit old guys second-rate citizens as you do blacks. Let us know how that makes you feel.

View Posthrothgar, on 2017-August-24, 05:26, said:

Good. Do make arrangements to let us know when you die so we can hold an appropriate celebration.

Again, I feel that resort to ad hominem attack vitiates rational argument :(
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Posted 2017-August-24, 10:01

View PostChas_P, on 2017-August-23, 18:45, said:

I understand all that. But my original question remains: How will the lives of black Americans be improved by tearing down Confederate monuments...or any other monument for that matter?

It won't have any immediate, direct impact on their lives. It's a symbolic act that indicates that we condemn the attitudes and policies that resulted in the monuments being erected in the first place. It represents a public commitment to civil rights.

And the protests against it (as well as your comments) indicate that many people still have a way to go.

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Posted 2017-August-24, 10:38

View Postnige1, on 2017-August-24, 09:54, said:

Again, I feel that resort to ad hominem attack vitiates rational argument :(


There's nothing rational about stating that you don't have use for a whole category of people.

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Posted 2017-August-24, 10:53

View Postbarmar, on 2017-August-24, 10:01, said:

It won't have any immediate, direct impact on their lives. It's a symbolic act that indicates that we condemn the attitudes and policies that resulted in the monuments being erected in the first place. It represents a public commitment to civil rights. And the protests against it (as well as your comments) indicate that many people still have a way to go.

Many monuments have historical, cultural and artistic value. We can sympathise, however, with those who feel that monuments symbolise ideas that they hate. Few monuments are universally approved. It's easier to destroy than to create. Hence, were we to regard political disapproval as a valid excuse for removal, then almost nothing would be left. Especially as mores and morality mutate over time. Many of us are confident of the political correctness of our beliefs. We're reluctant to admit the possibility that we might be wrong. Our heritage suffers as a result. From the burning of the Alexandria Library to the modern desecration of cemeteries. It's ironic that we condemn Isis for the kind of vandalism that some of us now advocate.

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And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
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Posted 2017-August-24, 11:41

View Postdiana_eva, on 2017-August-24, 10:38, said:

There's nothing rational about stating that you don't have use for a whole category of people.

The water-cooler seems to regard most groups as fair game (Politicians, Bureaucrats, Plutocrats, Democrats, Republicans, Socialists, Russians, Religions, Confederates, Pro-lifers, and so on). I tend to agree, except where forbidden by law.

As a moderator, Diana_Eva, you judge that a contentious view justifies a personal attack? :)
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Posted 2017-August-24, 13:11

"contentious view" lol. did you miss the part where the guy posted that he hates black people? go ahead and lead us in some discussion about the finer points of such a position.
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