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Stefan Molyneux - Why High IQ People Can Handle Free Speech & Low IQ People Can't submitted by gramman74 to politics

mcdowell_ag 1 points 11 points (+12|-1) ago

I'm currently rereading Mancur Olson's "Power and Prosperity," which treats democracy and autocracy seriously and unsentimentally. He claims that democracy promotes economic growth because only under democracy can investors make long term investments secure in the knowledge that their investment won't be taken from them. IMHO Latin American right wing dictatorships were crony capitalism, and did not bring growth. The gains from enlightened dictatorship are outweighed by the losses when the dictator becomes mad with power, or when a mad successor takes over. Those with suspicions of mob rule under democracy should be thinking in terms of rights that stop governments from doing things (not so-called rights that force governments to do things) and not of giving up democracy for some system that fails if any single person in control fails.

London Elects a Muslim Mayor Who Defended 9/11 Terrorists submitted by elkanahaon to politics

mcdowell_ag 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago

To be fair, we need lawyers to defend terrorists so we can give them a fair trial. Also, he was a human rights lawyer, and we need those too, to curb the overweening power of government. We shouldn't be criticizing people just for that. If he is doing these worthwhile things for ignoble motives (the most likely being sheer careerism - human rights law is a pretty well trodden path to power for the elite of the UK Labour Party) you should be able to find some more solid things to criticize somewhere.

IMHO one of the most effective ways to break up racial, cultural, or religious power blocks is to demonstrate that their brightest members can get ahead, or just plain get rich, by competing on a level playing field with everybody else and playing by the rules. Until and unless this guy turns out to be a disciple of identity politics I'm all in favor of him succeeding. (Last time I heard he was on the saner wing of the UK Labour party so there is hope - if he was listening to his ethnic group he'd be listening to a lot of small shopkeepers and successful businessmen, which is one up on the sort of amateur Marxist theoreticians Corbyn seems to have failed to grow up with)

London Elects a Muslim Mayor Who Defended 9/11 Terrorists submitted by elkanahaon to politics

mcdowell_ag 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago

He talks a good game - there's a manifesto at http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/themes/569cb9526a21db3279000001/attachments/original/1457451016/x160668_Sadiq_Khan_Manifesto.pdf?1457451016 as a link at the bottom of http://www.sadiq.london/ with "Lead a renewed push to tackle extremism and radicalisation in London, promoting the integration of different communities, and supporting and empowering mainstream Muslims in speaking out and challenging extremism.". There's also stuff on LGBT rights which won't impress fundamentalists. It will be interesting to see what happens in practice.

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Cruz: Waterboarding is not torture submitted by wilwilwesly to politics

mcdowell_ag 6 points -6 points (+0|-6) ago

If you look at the article, Cruz is actually more of an opponent to waterboarding than many other candidates, because he would not "bring it back in any sort of widespread use,"

One notable sometime interrogator, Science Fiction author David Drake, came out against torture a while ago, saying that it doesn't even work - see the tail end of http://david-drake.com/2015/newsletter-84/ for e.g.

"CIA got their current techniques from Shin Beth; the Israelis got them from the Gestapo. The Germans had very good interrogators, but the good ones weren’t the beasts squeezing victims’ skulls till they cracked. Those were monsters, and the interrogators using brutal techniques for Israel or CIA are monsters–incompetent ones."

Our cuck problem explained: Why Women DESTROY NATIONS * / CIVILIZATIONS - and other UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS submitted by greyhunter4 to politics

mcdowell_ag 6 points -6 points (+0|-6) ago

Didn't watch the whole thing because I didn't find the beginning very plausible, and because the following names came to mind:

Margaret Thatcher Queen Elizabeth I (no complaints on QEII either, but not as dramatic) Queen Victoria Zenobia

Endorsing Hillary submitted by TREDDITFIRST to politics

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

Obama goes down pretty well in the UK, and I've been impressed by him. I think it is very interesting that he is backing Hilary so strongly, as he is putting his reputation on the line and it IS considerable, at least as seen from here. The UK Parliament channel takes US coverage on Sunday lunchtime, and I watched the end of an impressive speech by Obama, followed by a train wreck of a phone-in program from CSPAN. All the phone-in questions seemed to be from people attacking Hilary, and the CSPAN pundits just ignored them because they didn't want to talk about it. Even given my generally favourable view of Obama, he has to have got something wrong if he is handing his party over to a woman who has accumulated this much hostility and leaving office in a country with people so far away from its pundits. Part of the job of being a leader is selling your policies to the country, and they have failed to do this.