@slutmagazine I can't even relate to the concept of "Voting [party.]" I consider each candidate and proposed legislation on their own merits and vote accordingly. If there are no candidates or outcomes I accept for a line item I will leave it unvoted.
This paper is ridiculous and anyone who does not or cannot easily point out the methodological black holes all through this thing deserves whatever happens to them.
This paper completely ignores several HUGE factors.
First, populations that select for socialist policies due to cultural and historical factors tend to do worse. That is not the fault of capitalism. There have been so so many explanations for this, one would have to literally get academic amnesia, or ignore huge swaths of literature to not know this.
Second, it does not account for the brain drain, flight of capital, and other phenomena that lead to such declines in some areas. When the collective begins to steal the intellectual property and productive capacity of talented and hard working people, they tend to leave.
What do you think happens when they leave? Don't answer emotionally or from the bible you use, just follow the logic. How bad would things have to get before YOU moved away? Well, just imagine some people move before you would. Now multiply this out times several million. You don't need half the population to go, just a critical mass. And that could mean a few hundred thousand in some cases. Imagine all the most talented chemical engineers leave. What then? (See former USSR when the iron curtain fell)
This is what happens. They move to a "capitalist" place and the old place becomes impoverished.
To ignore THE BASIC factors that make this a repeating global issue, makes this paper a complete joke. It is not scientific in any way - it is an ideological attempt at cherry picking data and the authors should be ridiculed.Read More
You'd expect someone to bring up race in the controversial comments, but looks like they've been removed.
@slutmagazine It's been a long damn time since I've watched or caught any of their acts. Stewart was okay as I recall, though I wasn't a fan of his show's formula and pacing so would only ever watch him because someone else was. Colbert has that Saturday Night Live reputational curse of "Used to be better." He seemed to get insufferably smug and snotty when The Colbert Report was peaking and I have no idea what he's talked about in recent years. Oliver... didn't make an impression on me; I can't remember a single thing he said or even that I ever watched his act really.
@slutmagazine Bill Maher has always called out wacko lefty bullshit, it's one of the reasons I like and respect him as a comedian. I'd say he makes a solid showing of holding a candle to the likes of Carlin, whose comedy was based not on partisan differences but frankly universal human foibles and shortcomings.