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9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?
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9/21/2016 4:15:36 AM
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At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

Are you voting in this election, and if so, for which candidate?
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9/21/2016 4:27:39 AM
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how will you react when the Trump triumph occurs?
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9/21/2016 4:36:40 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 4:15:36 AM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

Are you voting in this election, and if so, for which candidate?

I am, and I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton.
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9/21/2016 4:40:09 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 4:27:39 AM, thett3 wrote:
how will you react when the Trump triumph occurs?

I don't know exactly what you mean by "Trump Triumph." If by Trump Triumph you mean "Trump" restructuring and reconfiguring US politics--probably forever--then I think that's already occurred. Trump has forever changed the Republican party, and I think forced them to either accept that they must become either a libertarian or a populist party that trades more on personality than policy.

Or, if by "Trump Triumph" you mean Trump winning, idk. I'll be shocked, but I'd also be willing to work with him so that I could do what I could to make sure that he didn't do something totally stupid. I think that now, Trump's win is more likely now than it has ever been, and the poll numbers speak to that, but I also think that he's not likely to win overall.

So, obviously I'll be shocked. I'll also probably pull a lot of money out of the stock market if it becomes more likely that he wins, too.
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9/21/2016 6:44:13 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 4:36:40 AM, YYW wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:15:36 AM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

Are you voting in this election, and if so, for which candidate?

I am, and I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton.

If it turns out she has a bodydouble, will you be able to vote twice?
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9/21/2016 7:02:22 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
Thoughts on the military intervention in Libya?

Have you read Failed States, by Noam Chomsky? What do you think of it?

When is military intervention by the United States justified, in your opinion?

Do you think a single-payer health care system is fiscally tenable while maintaining high quality in the United States?

How high should the minimum wage be?
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9/21/2016 12:23:56 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 4:40:09 AM, YYW wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:27:39 AM, thett3 wrote:
how will you react when the Trump triumph occurs?

I don't know exactly what you mean by "Trump Triumph." If by Trump Triumph you mean "Trump" restructuring and reconfiguring US politics--probably forever--then I think that's already occurred. Trump has forever changed the Republican party, and I think forced them to either accept that they must become either a libertarian or a populist party

And what's your opinion of this? Sounds like a good thing to me.
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9/21/2016 12:47:25 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 4:40:09 AM, YYW wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:27:39 AM, thett3 wrote:
how will you react when the Trump triumph occurs?
.

Or, if by "Trump Triumph" you mean Trump winning, idk. I'll be shocked, but I'd also be willing to work with him so that I could do what I could to make sure that he didn't do something totally stupid.

You mean something like gather a coalition of willing, invade Iraq and Syria, destroy ISIS, split up the country and occupy it indefinitely or at least until the oil is gone?

If you had the power to influence Trump in the first place you would only make it worse with your neoconservative warmongering policies. You may very well be more unstable than Trump.
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9/21/2016 1:15:04 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 12:47:25 PM, slo1 wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:40:09 AM, YYW wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:27:39 AM, thett3 wrote:
how will you react when the Trump triumph occurs?
.

Or, if by "Trump Triumph" you mean Trump winning, idk. I'll be shocked, but I'd also be willing to work with him so that I could do what I could to make sure that he didn't do something totally stupid.

You mean something like gather a coalition of willing, invade Iraq and Syria, destroy ISIS, split up the country and occupy it indefinitely or at least until the oil is gone?

If you had the power to influence Trump in the first place you would only make it worse with your neoconservative warmongering policies. You may very well be more unstable than Trump.

lol
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9/21/2016 1:24:44 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

if you could choose any person, anyone at all for president, who would it be?
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9/21/2016 2:10:41 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

Let's rewind to the point where we had three Democrat candidates and seventeen Republican candidates. Which one would you select to be POTUS?
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9/21/2016 2:14:42 PM
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At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

http://www.dailywire.com...

Your response?
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9/21/2016 2:23:54 PM
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At 9/21/2016 1:25:17 PM, YYW wrote:
These are excellent questions, guys. Keep them coming.

Just in case you didn't see it: http://www.debate.org...
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9/21/2016 2:30:48 PM
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At 9/21/2016 4:36:40 AM, YYW wrote:
I am, and I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton.
What do you expect from a Clinton administration on policies foreign and domestic? Do you harbor any fears in spite of your support?
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9/21/2016 2:52:53 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 2:23:54 PM, tejretics wrote:
At 9/21/2016 1:25:17 PM, YYW wrote:
These are excellent questions, guys. Keep them coming.

Just in case you didn't see it: http://www.debate.org...

I saw. I'll get to all of these later today. I just want to get some good questions, now, though.
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9/21/2016 2:55:39 PM
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At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

Who told Obama "it is time" in his book.
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9/21/2016 3:01:06 PM
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How would you describe libertarian socialism?

What is your opinion on US-Pakistan relations, in general?

Thoughts on free trade?

What should be done about undocumentad immigrants currently in the United States?

What would your immigration policy look like if you were running for president?

If you were Secretary of State, what would your major focuses be, and how would you accomplish those goals?
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9/21/2016 3:03:00 PM
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Where do you agree and disagree with Chomsky on foreign policy?

Opinion on isolationism, or non-interventionism?

You mentioned--correct me if I'm wrong--that you would even be willing to consider a military strike against Pakistan; why?
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9/21/2016 3:24:56 PM
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At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:

What is the likelihood of Trump winning?

Choose who you would prefer in office: Trump, Clinton, Stein, or Johnson?

Opinion on Edward Snowden and his possible pardon?

What should the US do in regards to the refugee crisis?
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9/21/2016 3:44:58 PM
Posted: 2 months ago
At 9/21/2016 6:44:13 AM, Greyparrot wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:36:40 AM, YYW wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:15:36 AM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

Are you voting in this election, and if so, for which candidate?

I am, and I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton.

If it turns out she has a bodydouble, will you be able to vote twice?

No.
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9/21/2016 3:57:26 PM
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At 9/21/2016 7:02:22 AM, tejretics wrote:
Thoughts on the military intervention in Libya?

Fantastic question. I think it was misguided, and that it resulted in very bad things. In the context of decisions that Barack Obama has made, this is one of only a select few mistakes he's had.

Have you read Failed States, by Noam Chomsky? What do you think of it?

I have, and I think Chomsky's argument is reasonable. I don't so much agree with it, but it's a unique perspective that certainly has a lot of currency with me. I don't so much dispute the "facts" that Chomsky outlines, but rather the meaning of US action in the broader context of international relations.

Chomsky's goal with the book you've referenced, like with most other books, is to disrupt the conventional thinking with respect to US foreign policy that, for example, the United States "promotes democracy" abroad. We do, in some very limited sense do that, but, the majority of what we do abroad has more to do with keeping the international system stable so that the conditions are ripe for commercial exchange. This is a good thing, although Chomsky brings to surface some of the human and political costs associated with that task's realization.

That said, I like Chomsky a lot and I think he plays a really critical role in the ongoing discussions of what the United States' place in the would should be--even if I disagree with the policies which he would be in favor of. That is not to suggest that everything the United States has done is good or bad, but rather, I think it's important to hear a critical perspective of US foreign policy decisions lest we find ourselves trapped in a sort of intellectually vacuous echo chamber that was the DNC and RNC's mutual agreements with respect to foreign policy more or less until Obama was elected.

When is military intervention by the United States justified, in your opinion?

I think we should be clear that "military intervention" exists in more than one species; and, in particular, it does not mean that we're necessarily just going to invade another country and overthrow their government, like we did in Iraq, for example. Military intervention exists in many forms, and one of those forms is tactical strikes (e.g. killing Osama Bin Laden). The reason for that clarification is that I don't want the rule I'd favor to be misinterpreted by those who are inclined to misinterpret things (not you at all, but we know there are some with contrarian personalities (e.g. slo1) who would read the following paragraph as suggesting that the United States engage in outright imperial conquest, which is not what I'm saying at all).

Whenever the costs of intervention are less than the benefits, and the United States is pursuing a legitimate political interest, I think military intervention is justified. This rule is very broad, but it's also reasonably narrow. The interest has to be "legitimate" and it has to be a "political" one too; not just economic, and not just something that's contemporarily expedient.

Do you think a single-payer health care system is fiscally tenable while maintaining high quality in the United States?

Yes. France is an excellent example, which the US should follow.

How high should the minimum wage be?

Idk. I think a universal basic income is a better way to achieve the ends I want.
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9/21/2016 4:02:46 PM
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At 9/21/2016 12:23:56 PM, vortex86 wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:40:09 AM, YYW wrote:
At 9/21/2016 4:27:39 AM, thett3 wrote:
how will you react when the Trump triumph occurs?

I don't know exactly what you mean by "Trump Triumph." If by Trump Triumph you mean "Trump" restructuring and reconfiguring US politics--probably forever--then I think that's already occurred. Trump has forever changed the Republican party, and I think forced them to either accept that they must become either a libertarian or a populist party

And what's your opinion of this? Sounds like a good thing to me.

There are benefits and detriments.

In the "benefit" basket, the pathetically fake charlatans of the GOP (e.g. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, etc.) are waning in political power. That's a good thing. The GOP has to stop playing the race card, and it needs better people. In Rubio's case, they need smarter people. In Cruz's case, they need less psychopathic people. The lunatics on the fringe as well, needed to be reigned in, and Trump has in some sense done that, but in other senses, not done it. Mike Pence, for example, is a vile human being who has been elevated to national prominence due to Trump's bad decision making. This is surely a harm.

In the "detriment" basket, I lament the establishment's fall. Mitt Romney would have been an excellent president, and I wish he was running instead of Donald Trump. John McCain would have made an acceptable president (although I strongly would have preferred Romney). What Trump has done means that there will, in all probability, never be a place for another candidate like Romney to run again. It also means that the old guard which held most of the GOP together is fragmented, and this is largely due to internal disputes about Marco Rubio's future. Rubio more or less set the stage for the Establishment to fall, and Trump just brought that harm to fruition. This is a harm, and it's an impact of the Trump "triumph."
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9/21/2016 4:03:28 PM
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At 9/21/2016 1:24:44 PM, kevin24018 wrote:
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

if you could choose any person, anyone at all for president, who would it be?

That is a really fantastic question, and I have an answer for you: Robert Gates.
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9/21/2016 4:09:05 PM
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At 9/21/2016 2:10:41 PM, NothingSpecial99 wrote:
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

Let's rewind to the point where we had three Democrat candidates and seventeen Republican candidates. Which one would you select to be POTUS?

Chris Christie would have been my choice on the GOP side.

I'd probably say Hillary, on the Democratic side.
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9/21/2016 4:09:08 PM
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At 9/21/2016 4:03:28 PM, YYW wrote:
At 9/21/2016 1:24:44 PM, kevin24018 wrote:
At 9/21/2016 3:23:41 AM, YYW wrote:
Ask me anything about politics, political philosophy, international relations, etc.

You can ask me for my opinion, for the range of perspectives that exist on a particular issue, for objective factual background, etc.

What would you like to know?

if you could choose any person, anyone at all for president, who would it be?

That is a really fantastic question, and I have an answer for you: Robert Gates.

cool, what are the top 2 social-ital issues should be addressing , general answer is fine.
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9/21/2016 4:11:09 PM
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At 9/21/2016 4:03:28 PM, YYW wrote:
That is a really fantastic question, and I have an answer for you: Robert Gates.

I'm curious, why?

I'm not even sure if he has revealed his positions on economic policy, for instance.
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9/21/2016 4:11:51 PM
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At 9/21/2016 4:09:05 PM, YYW wrote:
I'd probably say Hillary, on the Democratic side.

Over even Bernie Sanders?

Why? What changed?
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