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|#74 - How dare you, you ******** white privileged ablei…||12/10/2014 on ayy lmao||0|
|#8525 - My friend is hosting a pathfinder game on roll20 and were look… [+] (3 new replies)||12/10/2014 on /tabletop/||0|
#8528 - anonymous (12/12/2014) [-]
Not sure if you've found anyone yet, but I'm interested in joining. I have, however, no experience with pathfinder. I do have experience with D&D 4E and some with D&D 5E
|#662 - Because you hurt me so.||12/10/2014 on MrDeadiron's profile||0|
|#1120829 - Did they announce something?||12/10/2014 on Video Games Board - console...||0|
|#1120827 - Carry everything you can. You must become one with the pack m…||12/10/2014 on Video Games Board - console...||0|
|#62 - Ahh, so what's his deal? [+] (1 new reply)||12/10/2014 on Australian Gamer on recent...||0|
|#24 - You still looking for a campaign? [+] (7 new replies)||12/10/2014 on auraguardian's profile||0|
#29 - auraguardian (12/12/2014) [-]
okay that sounds good, short is better for me, perhaps we can get something going on sunday? i work at a hotel where there is a lot of xmas parties on thursday friday and saturday nights this month, so my shifts are 6pm through 2am which is why im online now hahaha so i have no free nights at those days since im also at college on the day, hope that is okay,
|#50 - I thought he deleted all his accounts. [+] (1 new reply)||12/10/2014 on Australian Gamer on recent...||0|
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|#379 - Ferguson riots happened because of selfish idiots.||12/09/2014 on Sexodus||0|
|#333 - Picture||12/09/2014 on Finland!!||+1|
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|#206 - I didn't say they can't have autonomy, I said they have less a…||12/09/2014 on Finland!!||0|
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|#188 - Well that's the current discussion going on in places as wheth… [+] (7 new replies)||12/09/2014 on Finland!!||+3|
#204 - Ruspanic (12/09/2014) [-]
The US is a federal system. The Civil War established (among other things) that the states cannot secede, but it did not establish that the states didn't have autonomy.
None of the policies in the post really constitute a dramatic departure from our established understanding of states' autonomy. I'm moderately certain that states can already do all of this stuff if they have the means and the will (though I'm not sure what the "youth parliament" is all about).
And I did get the sense that you were speaking abstractly. That was my point, actually. Nearly everyone I've seen who says the US's population (and/or diversity) makes it impossible to implement a certain European policy fails to provide an explanation as to why that must be so. They're just speaking abstractly, but it's just not an argument you can apply broadly. As I said, it's the exact same argument China uses to excuse itself from implementing democratic reforms.
#273 - Fgner (12/09/2014) [-]
The states have "autonomy". They can do many things of their own accord. But if the federal government doesn't approve, they threaten to cut off huge amounts of funding and resources. Or, if that doesn't work, pass legislature to fuck the state or reverse the decision.
So states can do things on their own, but it's not like doing things is actually an option.
#350 - Ruspanic (12/10/2014) [-]
That's true, but I don't see why the federal government would be opposed to state and local initiatives of this type. The federal government normally only sets base standards, why would it want to prevent states from going above and beyond?
The federal government usually uses federal funding as leverage when they want to impose some sort of law or standards on a state which the state can technically opt out of.
I understand that state taxes are probably way too low to afford to do this sort of thing (besides free childcare), but that's a different matter.
#353 - Fgner (12/10/2014) [-]
Because more than half of our politicians aren't looking out for the country as a whole, but their own agendas - be it for money, ideology, etc. The more control states have, the less they have. And since a lot of states more than often actually care about their state (monkey sphere, baby) or have a different agenda - it's bad for business.
Also in reference to why diversity and population matter - people want different things. 300 million people coming from 300 different countries, dozens of religions, countless political ideologies etc makes reaching a consensus on anything pretty damn hard. And even though are racial diversity favors whites, our diversity on other subjects tends to hit even splits.
So, for example, while Europe is more of an 80/20 in favor of liberalism, therefore making your politics easily more liberal - parties over here fight tooth and nail to win every battle and no one wins. While in Europe you tend to have a major culture with a couple minor cultures mixing pretty nicely (you've had hundreds of years after all) in a country (minus your recent Islamic problem), the U.S. has a bag of cats in heat constantly hitting walls. Sure, one or two of the cats might get a long, a few might even settle differences, but most of the time it's just a lot of meowing and claws.
Like we're saying, if we did state-based legislature as the main form of governance, it would be much easier and our people as a whole would be happier - we could tune laws to the local needs. But Jesus Christ federal government just craves authority.
And don't get me wrong, I don't hate the feds or anything. I'm actually an ideological fascist/socialist, this is just an explanation on why things are buggered around here.
#357 - Ruspanic (12/10/2014) [-]
Right, I agree with everything you said, but do states not already have the right to implement the above policies? It's one thing if a state decided to, say, set up an army - which is Constitutionally a power reserved for the federal government - or if it decided to ignore a certain federal law, like Obamacare or anti-marijuana laws.
But if a wealthy state decided to implement the above policies using its own resources and revenue, I don't see on what grounds any federal politician would try to stop them. As far as I'm aware, none of those policies are outside the legally and judicially established parameters of "states' rights", and implementing them wouldn't hurt the federal government except in the indirect, abstract way of appropriating its usual role. Individual politicians at the federal level care about their individual interests and the interests of their constituency, and maintaining their own personal power, rather than the interests of "the federal government" as a cohesive power-seeking entity.
All that aside, my original point was not about the political realities that could impede the implementation of these policies, but rather the practical obstacles to making them work effectively after they've been put in place.
|#164 - Yea, but each state doesn't work independently on its own, eac…||12/09/2014 on Finland!!||+2|
|#162 - The white population of America is 62.7% last time I checked o…||12/09/2014 on Finland!!||+4|
|#132 - Yes, yes it is buddy. [+] (4 new replies)||12/09/2014 on Finland!!||+6|
#137 - jokexplain (12/09/2014) [-]
prove it. take my country,Belgium, as an example. foreign-born population: 12.9%
the US: 12.5%. basically the same.
religious diversity? in Belgium muslims constitute 5% of the population. that''s as much as all non-christian religions in america combined.
please provide counterarguments.
not to mention population density, which is of course a double-edge sword. more population density means there's more people in the same area to take care of, but at the same time more of them are urbanized which helps organization.
#162 - MrDeadiron (12/09/2014) [-]
The white population of America is 62.7% last time I checked of that 62.7% it is broken down into different ethnicity from all across Europe. Take into account that roughly 13% are from African decent and because of their races history here most are vehemently hostile towards the white population, at least those in low class areas which make up roughly 27% of their population living below the poverty line. Then you have the roughly 17% of the population that is Hispainic, 11.4% of that 17% being newly immigrated or illegally immigrated and retaining their own culture. Roughly 6% is Asian again breaking them down into respective ethnicity.
78.4% of religious in America identify as Christian these breaking down again into varying denominations, 51% being protestant, 24% being Catholic and so on. 16% are religiously unaffiliated breaking down into Atheists, agnostics, and those who don't care strongly enough. It is true that religions that aren't Christian make up roughly 5%, but again you keep thinking that suddenly all people of one group are the same. All those religious wars between Christians in Europe must have been skipped by your history teacher.
Your problem is you generalize way to much. It'd be much easier to deal with 5% when that 5% is all the same religion, unlike in America.
Sure you can say the percentages are similar, but 1.4 million of Belgium's population is foreign compared to America's 40776900 millions. That is an astronomical difference as out of that 40 million there are many many more people likely to retain their native culture.
Also just because someone is born in the same country it does not mean that they are ethnically, religiously, or even culturally the same.
tl;dr Just because they're brown it doesn't mean they're the same.