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Topic: Nationalism an Evolutionary Dead End
Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 5:49:12 AM
People are wired to band together when faced with a common threat. It seems to be something in our basic blueprint, probably because our distant ancestors were more likely to survive whenever they worked together against threats. It might not be as relevant for survival now, but it's still very much there.
This basic tendency is very easy to abuse if you want to gain/keep power. All you need to do is convince people that there is a common threat (which can be entirely fictional, since facts are boring anyway) and that you will be able to protect the people against this if they support you. I'm thinking for instance of the threat of "immigrants invading the country" which seems to be the current story in the US.
This "us vs. them" narrative is so attractive that it's difficult to do anything against it. Raising awareness of this phenomenon seems to be all we can do, but even then people have to be willing to listen - and think.
Topic: Wordplay
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 7:25:02 AM
coag wrote:
The second part in "palindrome" is from Greek dromos "a race course", from dramein "to run", further from PIE *drem- "to run". (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Some other words with this Greek root are:
aerodrome
hippodrome
dromedary


You got me curious, so I looked up some more drome-related words.
This one in particular stuck out:

dromophobia: an irrational fear of crossing roads

That must be so inconvenient!
Topic: Happy Birthday America! "Home of the FREE Because of the BRAVE"
Posted: Monday, July 8, 2019 5:02:41 AM
Since this is a vocabulary thread, perhaps this is a good time to take a look at the word "deplorable". It's so nicely illustrated here.

deplorable: adj.
1. Worthy of severe condemnation or reproach: "a deplorable case of ad hominem arguing".
2. Lamentable; woeful: "A forum in a deplorable state of neglect".
3. Wretched; bad: "Deplorable debating conditions in the vocabulary subforum".

And I'm sure you can think of even more examples if you have a quick read through the thread Angel
Topic: Anti-Socialism to Oligarchy - How the 1% Take Over
Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2019 3:29:28 PM
Thanks for continuing to speak up, Hope. I just lose courage in the face of the constant refusal of Trump supporters to face any facts whatsoever. Anything that doesn't fit in their world view is just immediately dismissed as "fake". Which is highly ironic given the amount of fake information they happily swallow from their own president.
Topic: Haiku Fun
Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 1:27:48 AM
"But can't talk proper."
Thus aunt Marge concluded her
Trump analysis.
Topic: Haiku Fun
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 8:03:43 AM
Keep it to yourself
Don't speak about your feelings
Say nothing at all
Topic: USA elections 2020
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:50:10 AM
Y111 wrote:
March Hare wrote:
Why not discard democracy, you ask.

No, I didn't ask that. My point is that neither you nor me can discard or not discard it. This change is a process that no individual can control. Even though Caesar was killed, it didn't prevent Rome from turning into an empire.

Yes, you can decide for yourself whether you want democracy, but you can't decide for an entire nation. If for some reason people don't care, it will pass away, whether you like it or not.


Many people don't care because they are not aware that democracy remains, for now, the least unpleasant form of government we know. Raising awareness may therefore help. If everyone who cares sits by passively while potential tyrants try to usurp power, democracy is indeed lost. We need to speak up.
Topic: USA elections 2020
Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 3:29:11 AM
Y111 wrote:
Everything ends. Why should democracy be an exception? It comes and goes, as history shows us. Take ancient Rome for example. It evolved from a republic to an empire, even though some people didn't like the change. They couldn't stop the process.


Why not discard democracy, you ask. Here's one reason: it has been proven throughout history that a government can only rule undemocratically through violent suppression and prosecution of any who even consider opposing them. In addition, undemocratic governments tend to create wars in order to distract their people and keep them under control. Therefore, if the future you want is one of war and oppression, then sure, get rid of democracy. Otherwise, it might not be the best of ideas.
Topic: Pictures of Yellow
Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019 12:56:35 PM
Topic: Pictures of White
Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019 12:55:17 PM

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