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1  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: MMO with lots similarities to Star Control on: February 07, 2017, 06:51:01 pm
Looks like a sweet game, thanks for the recommendation!
2  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: You have lost on: February 07, 2017, 06:17:21 pm
There is a lot of attitude that we have it all right now, we are on the right track, and all of humanity before us was a clusterf* of ignorance and bigotry.

Does that seem like a strange sort of arrogance to anyone else? After all, it involves making virtually everyone from history into villains, while touting our new "tolerance" morality structure as the supreme good. It ignores the real lessons of history, particularly the narrow-sightedness of any group of people during their own short time on earth, and elevates our present generation to an absurd pedestal of superior understanding.

Does anyone else feel like this ideology is the supreme expression of arrogance? Do the extreme conflicts within it raise any eyebrows? I know the thread has devolved into treating the human mind like a computer that needs to be reprogrammed, but I'm responding more to the original direction of the thread.
3  The Ur-Quan Masters Re-Release / Starbase Café / Re: What do you guys think about these tax percentages? on: February 07, 2017, 06:02:49 pm

Why don't you Americans worry a bit more about what you are spending money on instead? Like here for example, is a price comparison of some pharmaceutical drugs in different countries:

This graph illustrates an important fact that most socialistic governments ignore: America underwrites your lifestyle. Your healthcare runs on American money and innovation, and you don't know it. The US provides the funding for all of it. Because European governments create artificial price ceilings, there is no money to develop new medicine and medical techniques. The US has a free market, and so the drug companies raise our costs to pay for research and innovations. Our insurance costs increase yearly because we are the only ones pulling our weight. You need to know this, and stop looking down your noses at the ones who find your lifestyle.

This graph will change in the next few years, because this is one of the major issues Trump has taken on for correction. I don't agree with everything he says and does, but this one I do. I pay insane insurance premiums so Europeans can have government subsidized health care. And why do I care? Because if I live simply and don't waste money, my wife can stay home with the kids. If my tax burden is high, then she has to neglect our children to pay taxes to give benefits to others. That's wrong. We eat well, we exercise, we work at it and we are healthy; why should we get another job to pay for others' bad lifestyle choices?

Globalism is good?

 We Americans have corruption in our government, like everyone else in the world.  The big worry for larger governments, like the EU or a global government, is that there is no check on their power.  People falsely compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, as if you were some sort of madman intent on killing off political dissenters and racial subgroups.  If he really were, then you would be glad that there is no global government for him to rule. Having multiple countries keeps human avarice in check. The day we have a global, unified government is the day that someone can exert their power unchecked.

Moving on, we have a heavily divided society here. Our elections are split along a nonsensical two-party line: factions within each group bitterly disagree, but are always lumped together. Our news reporting is comprised almost entirely of people who sympathize with one of those groups, and the world gets a distorted view of American opinion.  Our politics aren't black and white just because we have two parties. Think about your own politics, and you'll realize that the reporting on American politics is silly.
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