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Oh, and by the way, the method of removing fortunes from the population is inheritance tax. It worked in the US, and it worked in Europe. THAT was what happened to l'ancien regime.
Understand that compared to the historical situation with nobles and kings and so on, today IS an egalitarian paradise. Sure, the billionaires have tons of money and influence... but it is STILL far from what a duke or a king had back in the day. And you know what? That system fell.
Guys, every party needs to think long and hard about how to remain RELEVANT. The key to doing this is to bring up things that people find relevant. There is always, always the temptation to focus on the internal circle-wankery about how pure the ideology should be in this and that way - but this is NOT what gives you followers. People start to follow you when they believe that you want things that will impact their lives positively, and that you will have the ability to push this through.
On the right, the circle-wank is about how different concepts of ownership and freedoms relate to one another, how tiny government should be, why reverting to the golden standard is a good concept etc etc etc. On the left, it is what words nobody should be allowed to use, how the details of intolerant ideas relate to one another, and so on. These are important to the closest followers, but it turns away or leaves cold the rest. So do that, but don't build your policy (except indirectly) on it.
Also, reverting policy to an earlier age is a non-starter. Communism is dead and will not return. See, just as it was an answer to a specific situation back when, it is also a concept the political world knows well and has answers for. With all due respect to various Anklebiters and such.
Find a message that people want. Give them the hope that their schools will be better, that their youths will not be unemployed, that work will not just be a race to the bottom, that they will be allowed to be who they want to be, that the endless wars will stop, that they don't need to feel ashamed or afraid of their government. Make them see that police forces that mistreat people can be reined in. And so on. They will vote for you.
Seriously guys... TALK RADIO is your problem??? What are the other issues you have? Defect horse buggy whips? No reliable way to get colour in movies? LPs not giving good enough sound quality because the player crank is not properly aligned?
Get over yourselves. Let the dinosaurs use talk radio. Show them what modern, low-cost media can do. Perhaps you need to consider what your message is, not just the medium it's sent through?
Investing in talk radio as a counter? Sheesh...
The jury is still out on whether Trump is Hitler for this generation or not. If he is, s#!$ is going to get so bad that whatever happens after him will need a new book of rules, since our current ones weren't up to the task. Hopefully more enlightened people will carry our torch. However, even if Trump is not Hitler for today, he will serve as a massive reminder of why democratic principles are important - and why authoriarianism stinks. Perhaps some good will come of him after all.
Every generation discovers the importance of voting for itself.
One pitiful thing that may actually explain rather a lot of what is going on is that the cost of buying congresscritters and senators has gone down pretty significantly. Whenever you see the amounts people get investigated for, it's a few tens of thousand dollars, maybe a hundred grand. To people on that level? People who have more than ordered economies? Selling out for such paltry sums? Deciding on budgets of billions, and doing something significant FOR SUCH LOUSY MONEY? Come on. I could sort of understand selling out for sums that would change your life radically, but this is just pathetic.
There was a truly atrocious story in Sweden a while back. A 22 year old had been murdered and dismembered, then found. The investigation didn't find much at first, but the media did. They focused on his interest in Vampire live games. He had a website, and they took a photo from there, darkened it, and published that alongside an article about how his death could probably have something to do with his RPG interest. They even invited our resident paranoid kookyhead RPG-hater from the 80s to write as 'an expert on RPGs' because she had apparently been threatened by someone somewhen. They let her write anonymously, but nobody missed who she was. And she blathered about how dangerous RPGs were and how they increased the risk of suicide.
Apparently by their theory the young man had not only killed himself because RPGs, he had also managed to DISMEMBER HIS OWN BODY because RPGs.
After a while, of course, the police found some druggie lowlives who had invited the young man to rob him, then killed him and butchered him. After this came out, there was no retraction, no apologies, nothing. The 'expert' has not opened her mouth in public again, so if anything good came of this, that is it.
The "built for lack of trust between GM and players" was the number one thing that killed interest in 4th edition for me.
Put me up for a snog with the Empress over taking the holy avenger any day. Seriously, it's a whack situation, it will have far-reaching consequences, it ties my character into the world, it makes an NPC more interesting in the campaign. What was the alternative again? A better chance to hit stuff?
Gandalf: Hey, why am I the Pink?
Tolkien: Because you're a f$~$@~.
Gandalf: Why can't we pick our own colors?
Tolkien: No way, no way. Tried it once, doesn't work. You got four guys all fighting over who's gonna be the Black, but they don't know each other, so nobody wants to back down. No way. I pick. You're the Pink. Be thankful you're not the Yellow.
Radagast: Yeah, but the Brown is a little too close to the S$+&.
Gandalf: the Pink sounds like the Pussy. How 'bout if I'm the Purple? That sounds good to me. I'll be the Purple.
Tolkien: You're not the Purple. Some guy in some other book is the Purple. You're the PINK.
Saruman: Who cares what your name is?
Gandalf: Yeah, that's easy for your to say, you're the White. You have a cool-sounding name. Alright look, if it's no big deal to be the Pink, you wanna trade?
Tolkien: Hey! NOBODY'S trading with ANYBODY. This ain't a g%@$#+n, f*!~ing village council meeting, you know. Now listen up, the Pink. There's two ways you can go on this job: my way or the highway. Now what's it gonna be, the Pink?
Gandalf: Jesus Christ, John, f!~&ing forget about it. It's beneath me. I'm the Pink. Let's move on.
Tolkien: I'll move on when I feel like it... All you guys got the g%%!&&n message?... I'm so g@#**$n mad, hollering at you guys I can hardly talk. Pssh. Let's go to work.
If we assume the government is only going to be corrupt, terrible, nasty and ignore everything in the rule book, this discussion is completely useless. However, it's not there quite yet. What they are not allowed to do IS STILL IMPORTANT to them.
Which means "don't give them any further leeway in choosing what to protect and not in speech" still holds serious weight. If we ignore the concept of imminent harm, and let them expand the territory of "stuff people will know after the fact if what they said was protected speech" into ANY sort of speech, so long as they can consider it "harmful", then that is just what they will do. As brutally as they can, in service of their own interests.
I am sorry, but it's a stupid idea to work on furthering censorship at this point in time. It usually is. Only, now it's catastrophic.
Find something better to do with your time than thinking up ways to get at hate speech.
That at least one state of fifty has laws that specifically protect children from religious parents letting them die should not be comforting to you, KC. If nothing else, that fact shows such a law is necessary. Do ALL states have such laws? Likewise, that MOST religions allow exceptions to their rules in life or death situations is not good enough. There are enough examples of religions that do not. Scientology and mental health is a famous one, Jehova's witnesses and blood transfusion is another.
Second, what about criticizing people who are doing bad things specifically because they are religious? People who murder obstetricians comes to mind. It is utterly clear that those cases have been motivated by religious fanaticism, i.e. without those religions, those people would not have done the deed. Is it okay to say "So-and-so is a fanatic murderer, his congregation should have reported him"?
Third, what about people with an official role in a church, with responsibility and power in the organization? Say, covering up child molestation on a grand scale, by people who had the opportunity to do those things because they were in a church hierarchy? It is so easy to conflate faith (which is each person's individual sense of the divine), and religion (which is the organizational entity) - but it is also enormously dangerous. So, is it okay to say "church so-and-so is a monstrous entity because its leadership allows its ministers to molest children and helps them cover it up"?
I wrecked some serious face with reach weapons. Sure, it's an intricate build, but...
Dwarf. Starts out as fighter for some feats and stuff, then druid to level 8 to get a variety of fun things, most importantly Huge Earth Elemental form for 24 hours a day with the feat that boosts wild shape levels. Also tremorsense and ability to cast deeper darkness. Then go into Stalwart defender, to get Bulwark and then Halting blow. Use a huge dwarven dorn-dergar.
You get the ability to smash people as far away as 45' or so, depending on the GM's interpretation of weapon sizes. Every time you hit someone you get an AoO on, they can't keep moving. And you can do it in perfect darkness, while still pinpointing exactly where everyone is standing. A wild stone plate gets you amazing AC, your saves and hp should be legendary, and your dorn-dergar is a pretty serious wrecking ball.
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