Daily Topics - Friday June 24th, 2011


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mathboy 4 years 22 weeks ago

I would love to hear the difference between a democracy and a republic in the caller's army field manual of 1928 (and why those would even be discussed therein). Currently, a republic is supposed to be simply a government without a monarchy, and democracy just means people get to vote (and have it count for something). But 83 years ago, who knows?

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mathboy 4 years 22 weeks ago

Why would someone to the left of Obama agree with Ron Paul?? Easy; the political spectrum is two dimensional (probably more, I suspect) and the libertarians agree on half the issues with liberals, and on the other half with conservatives. The two dimensions are economic (laissez-faire vs. regulatory) and social (statist vs. individualist).

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mathboy 4 years 22 weeks ago

I remember somebody saying that it was good for Obama to stay out of Wisconsin's union issue, so as not to distract from Wisconsin and the actual issue at hand.

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mathboy 4 years 22 weeks ago

Why the Kochs Really Embraced Criminal Justice Reform...

It looks like the Koch brothers have scammed us once again.

When news first came out that Charles and David Koch -- the Koch brothers -- were supporting criminal justice reform efforts in Congress, many of us thought, "Wow, they're actually doing something good for once."

And for good reason, too.

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