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Old 11-14-2009, 12:37 PM
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Default Re: What's Happening To America ?

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Well...first of all, I am anything BUT a libertarian. So no, I certainly do not believe that laissez-faire policies are the answer, nor has any such system ever existed in practice, even in 19th century Western Europe.
True, however Dickensian society was probably closer to laissez-faire capitalism than any other Western society.

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Liberals want marginally more government influence, conservatives marginally less. [...] In any fairly substantial population there are going to be a wide array of differing viewpoints.
... which shows how ridiculous the whole republican-vs-democrat distinction is. You're basically choosing between a standard pizza with little cheese and a standard pizza with a lot of cheese. Your whole two-party-system is just a cherade to uphold the illusion of political freedom...

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In the US, industrialists could take advantage of the large immigrant work force, and did often.
The same happened in Western-Europe, although it wasn't until the 1960s that large scale immigration became common due to governmental regulations that made it easier.

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The primary effect unions have now is to unreasonable increase compensation for their members while at the same time reducing their productivity.
... or organising strikes when they're really uncalled for.


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The political correct movement is certainly one of the most damaging concepts ever to be introduced into the political discussion. Thankfully, it has not stiffled thought in the US to the extent that it sounds like it has in your country.
I guess it depends on where you live. I can imagine there's a huge difference whether you live in San Fransisco or New York compared with eg. some village in Montana or Milwaukee

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Semi-colectivist but paleo-conservative? Sounds like a contradiction in terms on this side of the pond.
My main influences are French counter-revolutionary thinkers like Charles Maurras, German conservative-revolutionary thinkers like Martin Heidegger or Dietrich Eckart, metaphysician like Julius Evola and René Guénon and post-war third positionists like Alain de Benoist, Tomislav Sunic and Troy Southgate.

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Blame the Dominant Liberal Establishment Mass Media for that one.
Obviously...

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Must be Holland then. Gotta love the Dutch, lol
The Dutch are OK, though a bit too uncultivated for my taste. I actually live in Flanders (Dutch-speaking part of Belgium).
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