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    Would you give up a significant amount of your first world comfort to elevate the rest of the world?

    There are plenty of factors more relevant than population explaining this, like say, global unionization, a sovereign wealth fund, universal higher education and healthcare, egalitarian distribution of economic gains, etc and so on. Beyond that though, your uninformed opinion on America's...
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    Would you give up a significant amount of your first world comfort to elevate the rest of the world?

    Lol, more BS? Bruh, median real incomes have increased by a tiny fraction of a percent YoY per your own numbers that use constrained definitions of inflation that are, again, exclusive of such essentials as healthcare and education, so Mark Blyth's fundamental argument, that real incomes for...
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    Would you give up a significant amount of your first world comfort to elevate the rest of the world?

    Your chart is looking at growth over a more limited period of time which featured a time of exceptional income growth for the lower/middle classes (the 90s) as noted in the paper Mark Blyth is quoting (which is not authored by academics looking to 'sell books') that informs a third of the...
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    Would you give up a significant amount of your first world comfort to elevate the rest of the world?

    Continue watching; he's talking about median hourly income gains in real terms post inflation/cost of living for 5 different quintiles from 1979 to 2016; this is his source (also these gains aren't annualized; they're total)...
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    Would you give up a significant amount of your first world comfort to elevate the rest of the world?

    Not true; timestamp to about 24:50; the majority of people's real incomes have barely increased at all over the past 30 years or so.
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    Would you give up a significant amount of your first world comfort to elevate the rest of the world?

    The difference is both globalization and outsourcing/work imports (i.e. H1B Visas and the like) has meant a labour pool that is unprecedentedly large and competitive, as well as the nature of modern day automation in that it is, as weaver pointed out, explicitly designed to minimize the need for...
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    Why did we win?

    Websites aren't campaign ads; which is how most people are going to be exposed to Biden's messaging, simple as, and those ads were almost without exception exclusively concerned with 'Orange Man Bad' and empty platitudes about 'saving the soul of the country' and the like, so yes, his strategy...
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    Why did we win?

    According to what evidence? Keeping in mind that of the vulnerable and contested seats, conservative Democrats did worse on average. What we do know beyond this is that Biden used the same strategy Hillary did which was a proven failure: Orange Man Bad, and say literally nothing else. Even...
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    Why did we win?

    Asserting that discussion of the issues was effectively shut down by the left, or far left, or whatever you want to call it is indeed ridiculous hyperbole; it was the choice of Biden and his campaign,and their choice alone, not to push policy (despite in fact, protestations from the left), even...
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    Why did we win?

    First off, the majority of this, particularly your description of the left or 'far left' is utter and ridiculous hyperbole. Second, we didn't talk about issues because Biden consciously chose not to talk about those issues; it has exactly diddly and squat to do with the left, and democratic...
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    Should Biden order gold confiscated like FDR did?

    It's not significantly more difficult for the govt to take your gold assuming you're in any kind of serious trouble, and the government is actually in a position where asset seizure is a thing; as a rule, govt seizure/safety from government isn't a leading consideration behind gold as an...
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    Should Biden order gold confiscated like FDR did?

    No, it's fear in general: whether that's fear of inflation, fear of stock price collapses and other asset markets collapsing. And no, gold isn't bought and held because it's more difficult for the govt to seize; if you're buying physical gold in any significant amount, you're paying a place to...
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    Should Biden order gold confiscated like FDR did?

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0264999315004095 Gold is not a hedge against inflation so much as it's an index of fear and economic pessimism, and the correlation you just espoused (a 75% uptick in value on 50% inflation) is completely unsupported nonsense.
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    Why did we win?

    Neither 'Democratic Socialism' or 'Defund the Police' were anywhere close to Biden's advertising and platform; he ran on the same terrible 'Orange Man Bad' messaging Hillary failed with, so it shouldn't surprise that he underperformed with pretty much the exact same shit approach in 2020...
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    Why did we win?

    Because COVID and because Trump was an epic **** up. Biden certainly didn't win on the basis of policy and his vision/ambitions for the country given the staggering preponderance of his ads, messaging and campaigning amounted to 'Orange Man Bad'; the same demonstrably terrible strategy Hillary...
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    What is Wrong With Canada That Can be Fixed by Reform?

    I mean, some of that mistrust is certainly deserved, given that yes, broad swathes of the mainstream media has obvious political skews and biases, even if they're not quite at the level of straight-up propaganda like in the case of Fox News. The worst thing about Trump's claims of 'fake news'...
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    What is Wrong With Canada That Can be Fixed by Reform?

    I mean, again, I don't find that these things are necessarily exclusive to political extremes, but I understand the gist of what you're saying post clarification though I find some of these definitions a bit dubious or too general for the meaning you wish to communicate (social violence seeming...
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    What is Wrong With Canada That Can be Fixed by Reform?

    I'm assuming 'lawfare' is a deliberate choice here, rather than a typo; what does that entail exactly? Using the law/legislative process to codify and advance one's agenda, i.e. one of the core objectives of politics? Also, verbal and social violence are basically universal in politics, as is...
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    What is Wrong With Canada That Can be Fixed by Reform?

    I'm curious as to what you two consider to be the 'far left' and the 'far right'.
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    Should Biden order gold confiscated like FDR did?

    Your extremely basic math is completely wrong. At 50% inflation in prices, not that a $15 minimum wage would ever cause such a ridiculously huge increment, the real purchasing power of $15 is in fact $10 dollars after adjustment, as you divide the hourly wage by 1, our baseline (representing...
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