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realerfunction 15 points ago +15 / -0

no more "must pass" bills.

if it can't pass as a single issue bill it shouldn't.

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Assassin47 4 points ago +4 / -0

The fact that they're even still working with Democrats to pass anything shows how fake they all are. Shut it down.

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FlauntandStraunt 2 points ago +2 / -0

Fact that they military just lost a mock battle and asked for a "do over" those guys aren't worth the price tag at the moment.

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Questionable 22 points ago +22 / -0

So... Aren't these actually payments to child traffickers?

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FlauntandStraunt 3 points ago +3 / -0

Need to restock the island under new management.

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K1nglurk 16 points ago +16 / -0

Burn it the fuck down Boyz 🤣

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CatoTheElder 14 points ago +15 / -1

This is just turning wetbacks into loot pinatas.

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pertivi 6 points ago +6 / -0

Good, i will drop by through the Canadian border at summer, get paid and then come back to Europe. Most of you kwans have at least a Euro born grandfather so getting an EU passport should be trivial. Renounce your nationality, pass through for payment and settle in Ibiza.

If i carry my old parents on my back would i get X3 ?

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4gain4gain 4 points ago +4 / -0

Sound strategy if all that mulah wasn't about to be inflated to the value of literal paper.

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cartoonericroberts 3 points ago +3 / -0

Hmmm, yes, what a disaster if the defense bill doesn't pass. Jets and nukes need funding.

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MassivePecorino 3 points ago +3 / -0

Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

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censorthisss 3 points ago +3 / -0

"No child should be forced to experience the trauma of needless separation from their parents,” Mr. Peters said.

Child traffickers everywhere rejoice!

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aad7990 2 points ago +2 / -0

So he is buying votes for democrats...

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ScutFarkus -21 points ago +7 / -28

Buy Back Better. This is what you call fiscally reinforcing the Democratic Party. Biden is giving his supporters almost half a million dollars for their vote. Meanwhile trump can’t even bail his out of prison. Sad!

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TentElephant 16 points ago +16 / -0

True! Here is Nick Land on this being the inevitable nature of democracy:

Since winning elections is overwhelmingly a matter of vote buying, and society’s informational organs (education and media) are no more resistant to bribery than the electorate, a thrifty politician is simply an incompetent politician, and the democratic variant of Darwinism quickly eliminates such misfits from the gene pool. This is a reality that the left applauds, the establishment right grumpily accepts, and the libertarian right has ineffectively railed against...

Democracy might begin as a defensible procedural mechanism for limiting government power, but it quickly and inexorably develops into something quite different: a culture of systematic thievery. As soon as politicians have learnt to buy political support from the ‘public purse’, and conditioned electorates to embrace looting and bribery, the democratic process reduces itself to the formation of (Mancur Olson’s) ‘distributional coalitions’ – electoral majorities mortared together by common interest in a collectively advantageous pattern of theft. Worse still, since people are, on average, not very bright, the scale of depredation available to the political establishment far exceeds even the demented sacking that is open to public scrutiny. Looting the future, through currency debauchment, debt accumulation, growth destruction, and techno-industrial retardation is especially easy to conceal, and thus reliably popular. Democracy is essentially tragic because it provides the populace with a weapon to destroy itself, one that is always eagerly seized, and used. Nobody ever says ‘no’ to free stuff. Scarcely anybody even sees that there is no free stuff. Utter cultural ruination is the necessary conclusion.

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ernsithe 18 points ago +18 / -0

Let's go a hundred years earlier:

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.” ― Alexander Fraser Tytler

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TentElephant 13 points ago +13 / -0

Skip over a few millenia of various people reiterating these ideas and straight to Plato?

And the tyrant, if he means to rule, must get rid of them; he cannot stop while he has a friend or an enemy who is good for anything.

He cannot.

And therefore he must look about him and see who is valiant, who is highminded, who is wise, who is wealthy; happy man, he is the enemy of them all, and must seek occasion against them whether he will or no, until he has made a purgation of the State.

Yes, he said, and a rare purgation.

Yes, I said, not the sort of purgation which the physicians make of the body; for they take away the worse and leave the better part, but he does the reverse.

If he is to rule, I suppose that he cannot help himself.

What a blessed alternative, I said:–to be compelled to dwell only with the many bad, and to be by them hated, or not to live at all!

Yes, that is the alternative.

And the more detestable his actions are to the citizens the more satellites and the greater devotion in them will he require?

Certainly.

And who are the devoted band, and where will he procure them?

They will flock to him, he said, of their own accord, if he pays them.

By the dog! I said, here are more drones, of every sort and from every land.

Yes, he said, there are.

But will he not desire to get them on the spot?

How do you mean?

He will rob the citizens of their slaves; he will then set them free and enrol them in his body-guard.

To be sure, he said; and he will be able to trust them best of all.

What a blessed creature, I said, must this tyrant be; he has put to death the others and has these for his trusted friends.

Yes, he said; they are quite of his sort.

Yes, I said, and these are the new citizens whom he has called into existence, who admire him and are his companions, while the good hate and avoid him.

Of course.

Verily, then, tragedy is a wise thing and Euripides a great tragedian.

Why so?

Why, because he is the author of the pregnant saying, ’Tyrants are wise by living with the wise;’

and he clearly meant to say that they are the wise whom the tyrant makes his companions.

Yes, he said, and he also praises tyranny as godlike; and many other things of the same kind are said by him and by the other poets.

And therefore, I said, the tragic poets being wise men will forgive us and any others who live after our manner if we do not receive them into our State, because they are the eulogists of tyranny.

Yes, he said, those who have the wit will doubtless forgive us.

But they will continue to go to other cities and attract mobs, and hire voices fair and loud and persuasive, and draw the cities over to tyrannies and democracies.

Very true.

Moreover, they are paid for this and receive honour–the greatest honour, as might be expected, from tyrants, and the next greatest from democracies; but the higher they ascend our constitution hill, the more their reputation fails, and seems unable from shortness of breath to proceed further.

True.

But we are wandering from the subject: Let us therefore return and enquire how the tyrant will maintain that fair and numerous and various and ever-changing army of his.

If, he said, there are sacred treasures in the city, he will confiscate and spend them; and in so far as the fortunes of attainted persons may suffice, he will be able to diminish the taxes which he would otherwise have to impose upon the people.

And when these fail?

Why, clearly, he said, then he and his boon companions, whether male or female, will be maintained out of his father’s estate.

You mean to say that the people, from whom he has derived his being, will maintain him and his companions?

Yes, he said; they cannot help themselves.

But what if the people fly into a passion, and aver that a grown-up son ought not to be supported by his father, but that the father should be supported by the son? The father did not bring him into being, or settle him in life, in order that when his son became a man he should himself be the servant of his own servants and should support him and his rabble of slaves and companions; but that his son should protect him, and that by his help he might be emancipated from the government of the rich and aristocratic, as they are termed. And so he bids him andhis companions depart, just as any other father might drive out of the house a riotous son and his undesirable associates.

By heaven, he said, then the parent will discover what a monster he has been fostering in his bosom; and, when he wants to drive him out, he will find that he is weak and his son strong.

Why, you do not mean to say that the tyrant will use violence? What! beat his father if he opposes him?

Yes, he will, having first disarmed him.

Then he is a parricide, and a cruel guardian of an aged parent; and this is real tyranny, about which there can be no longer a mistake: as the saying is, the people whowouldescapethe smokewhichisthe slavery of freemen, has fallen into the fire which is the tyranny of slaves. Thus liberty, getting out of all order and reason, passes into the harshest and bitterest form of slavery.

True, he said.

Very well; and may we not rightly say that we have sufficiently discussed the nature of tyranny, and the manner ofthe transition from democracy to tyranny?

Yes, quite enough, he said.

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Minarchist_Manlet 10 points ago +10 / -0

He will rob the citizens of their slaves; he will then set them free and enrol them in his body-guard.

Cancel Plato.

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TentElephant 15 points ago +15 / -0

He already has been. There is a reason our abhorrent education indoctrination system doesn't teach Greek anymore. PhDs are dumber than formally trained 12 year olds a couple centuries ago.

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ernsithe 5 points ago +5 / -0

The more things change.

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yvaN_ehT_nioJ 8 points ago +8 / -0

Whatever you say, Zack

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ScutFarkus -10 points ago +2 / -12

Deep cut. You get it.

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Stuffyknows2much 6 points ago +6 / -0

You know they are obviously being held without bail right?

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LauriThorne 4 points ago +4 / -0

This guy doesn't know much. The very definition of midwit

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ScutFarkus -7 points ago +1 / -8

You know Trump could have pardoned them but instead pardoned rappers and bankers, right?