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    posted a message on Unpopular Opinions Discussion

    Internal improvement ands stuff like that. Look at what Switzerland is doing, they aren't powerful but they stay out of other people's problems.

    Being a Great Power and holding that status has less to do with how your country functions internally than you'd think. Great Power status entails a national infrastructure and muscle to play a part in and influence other nations, and then to enforce that. This implies either a powerful military base, or a robust corporate structure that makes it attractive to bank with that nation, or to base one's headquarters there. And in the 21st century you could include telecoms.

    Switzerland isn't even close to being a model of a perfect government, it's not well managed to the point of being what we should do with the United States. Not to mention a different history that better contextualizes its government for t he Swiss than it does for the United States. The Swiss right now are dealing with immense inflation, the same immigration problems as anyone else. And while they may not care about it.

    While we like to say Switzerland has the superior banking infrastructure because le tax haven and secrecy laws (just do your banking in and out of Delaware, they're the Switzerland of the Americas), Germany has a more robust and powerful banking sector. So much so the Germans are looked at as being the defacto leader of the European Union and the force to reckon with when you're in the middle of a Eurozone crisis.

    The Germans are a Great Power without even having had a real army since the 1990's, or as robust a one since the Second World War.

    While I'm not going to say the US is without its issues it's the more robust of nations, held back by the Movement Republicans of the sixties and the legacy of Reagan. But we hold a majority of the world's telecommunications, international web-traffic ultimately gets routed through the US on its way from Asia to Europe, or South America to Africa, or Africa to Europe. We're the world hub.

    We're the host nation of the UN, and our permanent status as Security Council member entails even though you want to pursue isolationism: we can't. We're too crucial of a nation for that. We're internationally recognized - since the ending of the Second World War - as being a political player internationally.

    And the issues of NATO aren't our own, and we shouldn't withdraw from it. We'd be letting a lot of important nations hanging, including the Germans and the Brits. But NATO is something that's fallen victim to the post-Cold War political atmosphere. Because of course no one wants to pay into it: Russia wasn't a problem then anymore and NATO's goal as a Russian containment block was irrelevant for twenty years.

    We can't abandon NATO and let the world rot around us or the US will find itself slowly more isolated and all these things we enjoy that we didn't know we even had will be gone and suddenly what we have as problems will be beyond simple infrastructure bills. We're a lot better off than you'd think, and a lot of that comes from our ability to play a major part on the world stage and benefit ourselves as much as our allies.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from danthonywalker»

    I wish I can be a philosopher.

    However, I'm not sure how people who are regarded as like mathematicians, philosophers make a living that isn't teaching.


    By telling kings to get out of their sunlight.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings

    >ShoutingIsFun will never write for the show.





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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings





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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings

    >tfw he doesn't know loss


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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    ^:)
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    posted a message on No Purpose?

    People who complain about religion are those who honestly probably not have taken any time to read about any religion. While it's difficult to calculate the whole number of faiths around the world, the current estimate puts the number at 4,500 individual faiths. And this probably doesn't account for the diverse range of denominations to each faith; for example, Christianity has 34,000 denominations. Likewise Islam as a lot of denominations beyond the typical Sunni-Shia split; within these splits you have your own denominations, then you have outliers like the mystical Suffism (home to the likes of AR Rahman and Fateh Ali Khan, and this is ignoring sects like the Quranic purists who refute the authority of the Hadith which lends credit to the Sunni-Shia split among others.


    But even continuing on the internal operations of Islam: it could be argued that like Christianity post-Luther the religion has housed a flowering and expansion of diversity. The religion has a strong emphasis on concepts like Ijtahid, or the exercise of one's rational thinking when it applies to law and religious ruling, as much as it does Taqlid (emulation). To make it brief the concept of Fiqh is the interpretation of religious scripture applied against real-life situations based on the reasoning of the person partaking of the learned authority of a scholar (which has ranged from being very liberal to balls-to-the-wall insane like in Wahabism and Salafism).


    This just about lays out the two biggest and most predominant religions in the modern era, and what everyone zeroes in on when the topic of religion that comes up. And just those paragraphs alone do not scratch the surface, they don't even begin to scratch the scratcher of the surface scratching.


    But we're not even done still. There's still more!


    Buddhism: I'm not even counting (and some of these, like Tibetan Buddhism may have eight-different sub-sects)


    Hinduism: Four different ways of practicing the faith (Yogas), thousands of gods, the possible combinations of ways you can tackle this gets insane.


    You could go on, and like I find with history the people who make sweeping assumptions about the topic aren't the most well-read, or even at all. You could be valid in complaining Christianity is violent, but I'd have to point you to the Menonites. You could like-wise say Islam is a cold religion, but then I would ask you to check into Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi.


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    posted a message on Don't judge to fast please

    Did you do enough research before stating people are putting out their own opinions too fast before researching?

    Wait, did I do my research?! Darn it, davbog16, you've beaten me. Have a 1+.




    Aw hell man, he's moving the goal posts!

    We'll never "win" now!

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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings

    It always gets me when anyone brags about how mature they are for their given age and how their interests don't align with those of their peers in their age group. You don't need to flaunt it, it's like walking into Grand Central Station and screaming about how you don't like X or Y unlike other people and your equal and you should be taken seriously for that. It doesn't make you any more mature, you're grabbing for attention or adoration as much as your peers but doing so by being "edgy" in some way by saying you're unlike the others which puts you at an advantage.


    You're not. Your prefrontal cortex hasn't developed fully yet. You're still vulnerable and capable of doing stupid things and stupid decisions. Work is fine. YouTube is dead. God isn't dead. You can barrage and the Farrage.

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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread: New Beginnings
    Quote from FlyingFlames13»

    But your post number is trips

    Still a get.
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