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I like how industrious, civilized nations have been dumping millions in charitable donations to shit hole countries for decades, and now we have to let all those asshole come live with us. submitted by SkrutinizeYou to whatever

Aethos 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago

The Green Revolution (ie modern agriculture) did us no favors in that regard. It kicked the can down the road. Without forward thinking, it's allowed millions of humans to be born as charity cases who have no idea how to feed themselves.

It is bad enough with Whites or an Asian culture, but Sub-Saharan Africans are the least able to fight the Iron Law of Population. They, in their millions, have nothing to lose by cannibalizing the West. They are doomed to famine and suffering anyway, so why not eat the hand that feeds them?

Malthus was right. Population can increase geometrically, while food and water supplies won't. A grim future is upon us.

Does anyone else feel like US won't turn around unless there is a violent revolution? submitted by tango_whisky_blunt to whatever

Aethos 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago

Nice post. I'll add my thoughts here:

Redistricting is mainly a problem with House elections; it could be avoided as an issue altogether by Proportional Representation, with the party slates getting a number of seats proportional to their share of the vote. We'd also see some Green and Libertarian representation in the House if we did this. The two party system is corrupt, and making a way for new parties to get their start in the house is one way to make alternatives more viable. Public financing and the removal of dark money in politics is another.

Also, you're spot on. The census and subsequent assignment of representatives needs to be reformed right alongside voter ID rolls. If the republic is to endure, then citizenship, representation, and voting must go hand in hand. Having illegal aliens voting in a block for a party (democrat gibs as a form of kickbacks to illegal voters, specifically) is a sure way to provide an electoral incentive for the destruction of the nation.

Term limits are also insufficient, if you want to break the Iron Triangle. Service in regulatory agencies and/or related industries should disqualify you from service on related oversight committees in congress. Working more than one 'side' of the triangle allows collusion and corruption.

Plus, for fuck's sake we need to make insider trading illegal to help strip the unethical profits away from being a congressman/senator. It's a huge source of corruption, and it's not going to get any better unless some of them go to jail.

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Fahrenheit 2018: Amazon Begins Banning Controversial Books submitted by Bad-R0nald to books

Aethos 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago

They aren't an oligarchy for "regular" books. Not even close.

Thank goodness, I would shudder to think what would happen then.

Fahrenheit 2018: Amazon Begins Banning Controversial Books submitted by Bad-R0nald to books

Aethos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Amazon is a Vertically Integrated Monopoly. Just because it doesn't have horizontal control (yet) doesn't make it any less of a monopoly. Amazon's network of retailers allows them to deliver anything to market cheaply, and since they have a subsidized advantage in the online retail marketplace nobody can compete with their costs, since without the subsidy, their competitors would be operating at a loss. Their acquisition of Whole Foods is a perfect example of securing forwards businesses to assist in Vertical Integration.

You can even argue that Amazon's level of horizontal integration at the online-sale level drives the forwards related logistics industries enough to warrant regulation. (IE. Amazon shouldn't be allowed to utilize US Postal Service to bulk mail and thus externalize online retail delivery costs to the taxpayer-subsidized postal system.)

Fahrenheit 2018: Amazon Begins Banning Controversial Books submitted by Bad-R0nald to books

Aethos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago

Does Amazon provide anything to people who don't have any other option?

Absolutely yes. I live in a rural area, and there are no bookstores within 25 miles of my location, other than a single college bookstore. The state of our local mainstreet is mostly vacancies and bars. There are no local retailers to go to for niche books or titles, and any specialty store has to compete with amazon to survive. None do.

I also note that you ignore the horizontal integration argument about subsidies completely.

EDIT: A company doesn't need to be a true monopoly to exert unfair competitive advantage against small businesses in a monopoloid manner. Amazon's subsidization by the taxpayer is a prime argument for why they should be under additional scrutiny for joining the 'unpersoning' digital bandwagon.