switch wrote:Dac ~ straight up social darwinism.
oh look, switch with the assumed implications again. classic.
switch wrote:The only solution is to improve the education system, which is unfortunately a mess in the US, due to a whole range of factors from poverty, religion, state involvement, income disparity, private vs public schools, ghettoization, language barriers, crime, drugs, no student left behind, common core, and so on. The federal government also shares only a narrow interest in educating its citizens so as to keep them competitive with foreign powers, and to keep large concentrations of wealth (and the financial instruments to concentrate wealth) at the disposal of the state.
You could be a Trump writer. You say "the only solution to improve" and never finish, instead calling it a bunch of names. I think the pattern should be getting obvious to everyone else by now. feel free to share a solution, instead of tl;dr the problems.
for the record, ghettoization happens naturally. People just feel more comfortable around the group they identify with. It's a phenomenon surprisingly popular and pointed out frequently by the SJWs out there.
Example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge9pHid ... e=youtu.be
everybody self segregates. There's nothing hateful about it, it's just comfort and 100% biologically reasonable. It's the same reason you'd die to save your own kid but wouldnt necessarily take the same risk for another person's kid. The instincts are different, we're all in this darwinian competition to pass our genes on to the next generation. same with male disposability that the MRA types are talking about, from a biological standpoint, it makes total sense that men would be more disposable since the limiting factor in reproduction is the woman who has to take 9 months to make a kid. this is why its this way in all of the animal kingdom. ps: I'm not a female supremacist (go figure).
switch wrote:A good place to start would be to abolish student debt, terminate the endless wars, implement a basic income as suggested by Milton Friedman, and accelerate the transition to an energy accounting economy as recommended by technocracy.
OOOOH so you didnt finish it in the sentence, but instead in the next thought. okay. fair enough.
let's see, so more free money by abolishing student debt (taxes on people), terminating the endless wars (not sure what that has to do with education unless you're funding it with the defense budget, I agree with the terminating the wars but for differnet reasons), a UBI (paid for by tax dollars, I'm noticing a pattern here), and energy accounting economy? feel free to elaborate on that.
It seems like pumping money into welfare for communities has provided incentives for bad behaviors and led to communities falling apart. It's led to the destruction of the black nuclear family, it's led to significant portions of our generation being raised by single parents, and it hasnt solved any of the poverty it claimed to be targetting. in fact its resulted in an even bigger income inequality now than existed before. How long do you try something before realizing it's not working?
switch wrote:It really depends on the people of the United States: to paraphrase Donald Rumsfield, a free people are free to do horrible things,
like punish the producers with incessant taxes to redistribute it to the leechers to buy votes. it's crazy to me that the population can vote the coffers of the state into their own wallets, yet here we are.
switch wrote: but they're also free to do wonderful things.
yep, so lets go ahead and get rid of those incentives cuz everything worked so well when the government was in charge! just see: mussolini's italy, hitler's germany, stalin's russia, castro's cuba, modern day venezuela.... oh, wait. yeah.
switch wrote:I would enjoy going into greater detail about the kinds of public policy that could improve living conditions in the US, although it's immensely complicated and biological theories about race or conspiracies about the left marxists importing muslims really have nothing to do with it at all.
what conspiracies might those be? the fact that the left has a ton of social marxists in the form of SJWs on its side, the fact that a socialist/communist candidate riled up so much of the base that hillary's been left out to dry, and the fact thta the policies you mentioned above all involve centralizing power in government officials by taking money from people who generate actual wealth in the country?
and how could you say biology has nothing to do with it? biology has everything to do with it. People are biologically driven to behave in certain ways. dont believe me? try not sleeping for a few weeks. try not breathing for a few minutes. try not eating for a few months.
it may not be 100% but if you look at humans as we existed in caves not so long ago, the biological drivers become super fucking obvious in modern society. we may have planes trains and automobiles, but our motivations and biological drivers remain the same.
switch wrote:Fundamentally, the ethos of the US is, we all know, the horatio algier story of the rags to riches, little guy who makes it, and so on. This ideal is based on the notion of classical liberalism, that a citizen of a free society who obeys the laws can achieve self-actualization through their reasonable efforts. However, this is not the reality of life for the vast majority of American citizens,
oooh this should be fun.
switch wrote:who instead experience a deadening effect of mass media brainwashing,
which is mostly owned by the left
switch wrote:hyper capitalism,
i think you mean cronyism, with so much legislation due to regulatory capture that competition is impossible, or a series of government granted local monopolies (see: utilities, cable, currency)
switch wrote:environmental degradation,
agreed on a certain sense, i'm sure not the degree that bernie does but if we can do more, then why not?
switch wrote:hierarchical bureaucracies,
which oddly enough you want to create more of with your previous suggestions for fixing education
with an education system owned by the left at every level.
switch wrote:conflicting messages from a wide range of corrupt officials,
and you want to give them yet more power and authority over our lives by putting them in charge of the redistribution
switch wrote: warfare,
again, agreed, and not just militarism - cultural warfare in the streets, suppressing of varying points of view by authoritarians on both sides and endless name calling to attempt to dodge a meaningful conversation
switch wrote:police tyranny,
Libertarians have been on this one for years. It's a shame that BLM coopted the movement, cuz they have legit gripes, but are going about it in such a wrong way. I really agree iwth a lot of what they complain about though, much like al qaeda, they might be fucked up in their methods but they arent 100% wrong on every single point. They're still assholes.
switch wrote:concentration of wealth amongst a tiny elite
This would be fine if it wasnt dictated by the government. The best at any profession rise to the top, it's the way humanity advances. Unfortunately, now the system is so corrupt and so much power is centralized in the government that they can pick and choose winners and losers with corporate welfare, insane subsidies, regulations to oust competition and granting of local monopolies that this has gone from the most efficient getting the resources to the ones who best bribed their local government official.
switch wrote:government invasion of privacy,
I agree, fuck bush the 2nd for the patriot act. fuck stop and frisk. fuck checkpoints. fuck the stomping of the constitution. fuck the government looking at my taxes too for that matter.
switch wrote:exploitation by ideological grifters
like the true believer environmentalists, other religious zealots (special shoutout to the westboro assholes), race baiters, gun nuts, every single lobby on both sides, social justice warriors, statetheists, social marxists, the media, extremist teachers, the KKK, BLM, and so many separatists (although I really feel for many of these people), the islam apologists, the islamophobes, and the actual hateful racists.
switch wrote:and a number of other unappealing aspects of daily life in America.
not sure what that means, you just rattled off a ton.
Many Americans dream only of playing the lottery, or gambling so as to acquire enough capital to retire. Conditions have not dramatically changed, despite massive increases in consumer materialism, energy production, and infrastructure, since the 1900s. The book Metropolis by Upton Sinclair
is as revelatory then as it is now.
instead they vote for the government to put the next generation in debt in an infinite pyramid scheme of keynesian economics so that you could give free benefits to people.
I still dont see any great solutions, I see a lot of complaints that you should be able to point to your own side of the aisle on.
you didnt address the black community specifically here, only again generalizing what every citizen goes through. please, let's hear what you have to say about that community specifically.