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Offline Hydra009

Springtime for Authoritarianism
« on: November 19, 2018, 01:12:10 PM »
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Do you live in a backsliding democracy?

Offline Sal1981

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2018, 02:59:20 PM »
IDK. I live in a banana republic, basically, so maybe.
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Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 03:31:30 PM »
I really hope America's institutions can withstand the stress. It wouldn't be fun living in such a society as some of those regimes are.
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Offline Hydra009

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2018, 04:12:29 PM »
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I really hope America's institutions can withstand the stress. It wouldn't be fun living in such a society as some of those regimes are.
They can...sorta.  But damned if it's not stressful watching them warp - but not snap - under pressure.

We're okay for now.  Next time, we might not be so lucky.  Either a president with authoritarian tendencies meets less resistance or You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login among the public GOP (preferably through less obnoxious and brazenly incorrect memes)  Alternatively, this threatening of American values You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login in fueling a renewed appreciation for western-style democracy.  So who knows.  *creaking noises in the background*
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Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2018, 06:27:41 PM »
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They can...sorta.  But damned if it's not stressful watching them warp - but not snap - under pressure.

We're okay for now.  Next time, we might not be so lucky.  Either a president with authoritarian tendencies meets less resistance or You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login among the public GOP (preferably through less obnoxious and brazenly incorrect memes)  Alternatively, this threatening of American values You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login in fueling a renewed appreciation for western-style democracy.  So who knows.  *creaking noises in the background*
I like the direction you are taking this.  But I'm still not convinced that we have reached the crest of this movement.  I still really do see Trump winning in 2020.  I really, really do hope I am totally wrong!!
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Then he is not omnipotent,
Is he able but not willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able or willing?
Then why call him god?

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2018, 07:00:46 PM »
Hell, the way things are going we might not even have elections in 2020.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2018, 07:01:45 PM »
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I really hope America's institutions can withstand the stress. It wouldn't be fun living in such a society as some of those regimes are.

Dystopias in literature or in practice, are all experiments in desirable outcomes for the US (according to people who hate the US).
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Offline Baruch

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2018, 07:03:04 PM »
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They can...sorta.  But damned if it's not stressful watching them warp - but not snap - under pressure.

We're okay for now.  Next time, we might not be so lucky.  Either a president with authoritarian tendencies meets less resistance or You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login among the public GOP (preferably through less obnoxious and brazenly incorrect memes)  Alternatively, this threatening of American values You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login in fueling a renewed appreciation for western-style democracy.  So who knows.  *creaking noises in the background*

American values ... wild sex, drugs, campus demonstrations, bad Rock music, French existentialist poetry ... what is not to like?
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Offline Baruch

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2018, 07:04:06 PM »
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I like the direction you are taking this.  But I'm still not convinced that we have reached the crest of this movement.  I still really do see Trump winning in 2020.  I really, really do hope I am totally wrong!!

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Offline Baruch

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2018, 07:05:32 PM »
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Hell, the way things are going we might not even have elections in 2020.

Why bother?  All we need is Emperor Xi.  He will save us from Trump and Putin, he has the mandate of Heaven.

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Offline Cavebear

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2018, 02:26:45 PM »
I saw the start of 'Watchmen' last night.  Nixon had been re-elected to a 3rd, 4th, and 5th term.

I hope Trump didn't watch that.  Might give him ideas, ya know?  And I really don't want to die in a rebellion...  I have a nice retirement and hope to enjoy it another 20-30 years.
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Offline Baruch

Re: Springtime for Authoritarianism
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2018, 02:30:14 PM »
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I saw the start of 'Watchmen' last night.  Nixon had been re-elected to a 3rd, 4th, and 5th term.

I hope Trump didn't watch that.  Might give him ideas, ya know?  And I really don't want to die in a rebellion...  I have a nice retirement and hope to enjoy it another 20-30 years.

I am sure you would support Zombie Obama (it sounds right, so I pick on him this time).  No, you will die in the hands of Bob, while getting a sponge bath at the nursing home ... see you there!

Nixon was to the Left, of Democrats, since Bill Clinton.
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