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  1. To put Germany in the same category as the USSR...

    This is false. Socialism has elevated the well-being of the population almost everywhere it has been tried, relative to what it was replacing, and there are no examples of a socialist economy failing...
  2. But why does it have to be forced on all...

    But why does it have to be forced on all companies?
  3. That's my feeling too. I have nothing at all...

    "The" stealing? What stealing? Who says there's any stealing going on? What, you think employees are paid whatever the buyer decides is fair, just like you "buying out" HB's company without his...
  4. I'm not sure about "postponing", the Soviets were...

    I'm not sure about "postponing", the Soviets were pretty surprised when the Germans attacked. And part of the pact was dividing up Europe between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, and the latter...
  5. Incidentally you forgot that the Soviet Union and...

    Incidentally you forgot that the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany made a treaty dividing up Europe between them that started WW2, and that the Soviet Union as a result launched aggressive wars against...
  6. Why wouldn't, say, Sweden, be good for...

    Why wouldn't, say, Sweden, be good for businesses? Wouldn't businesses prefer a stable society with decent infrastructure, a society with minimal corruption in which contracts are enforced, and an...
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    A little correction: Early on Iran was Sunni. It...

    A little correction: Early on Iran was Sunni. It was later on that it became Shia:
  8. Forbes's list of "Best Countries for Business"

    Here is Forbes' most recent list of Best Countries for Business.

    What we can see there is that many of the supposedly "socialist" European countries are in fact more business-friendly than the US....
  9. I agree. The American debate when it comes to...

    There you are; equal representation for all American citizens is socialism. Sorry, it's full-bore socialism. I'm sure we all recall what a socialist hell-hole the United States became back in the...
  10. When it comes to Afghanistan, did that really...

    When it comes to Afghanistan, did that really apply to the rural parts outside of the cities? I presume those village elder systems, clans, etc, are older than half a century.
  11. These are good points. My opinion was mainly...

    These are good points.

    My opinion was mainly that the Saudi regime seems harsher than the Iranian regime. I would not take any side in their regional conflict, two tyrannies fighting each other. I...
  12. I assume that they refer to themselves as...

    Indeed. My hometown had a large Persian population; I never heard anyone refer to themselves as Iranian. But then, refugee communities are not the most unbiased ear on the ground. I wonder how much...
  13. I think what he meant was that the identity of...

    Racism aside, Saudi Arabia's creation was no different in basic character than that of any other imperial nation.[/QUOTE]

    I think what he meant was that the identity of Saudi Arabia is pretty much...
  14. I too get the impression that while Iran is...

    I too get the impression that while Iran is repressive, and the current regime is worse than the tyrannical Shah, Saudi Arabia is far harsher. I don't know if the reason for this is history or...
  15. Well we are apes. Without religion, people...

    Well we are apes.

    Without religion, people would accept evolution to a higher degree. But irreligious people can also mix it in with pseudoscientific concepts like souls etc.
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    I see. Though in this case, I understood he was...

    We’re still working on what to use for a sarcasm font for Tom Sawyer, tho. Sometimes the newcomers take a while to learn the translation code, and they say things like, “How was I supposed to know...
  17. Iranians are becoming more and more secularized

    This article is a few years old, but certainly still relevant.

    There is reason to be optimistic about Iran in the longer run (unless global warming boils us all). The population has secularized to...
  18. I would say that decreased religiousity should...

    I would say that decreased religiousity should lead to increased acceptance of evolution. Of course not all religious people are evolution deniers, far from it. But creationism and its various...
  19. This is absolutely true. Consider the life of...

    This is absolutely true. Consider the life of Democritus:



    I.e.he traveled widely around the world, and within Greece, to gather knowledge.
  20. Why did certain religions manage to become world religions, while others ended in historical obscurity?

    Have you heard of Mithraism? Likely so, if you have engaged at all with Jesus mythicism, regardless of your position on it. Have you heard of Zoroastrianism? Also pretty likely. It was the dominant...
  21. The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe (book)

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    The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe: How to Know What's Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
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    I think the level of discourse here is higher...

    I think the level of discourse here is higher than at certain other places. Sure, (political) discussions can get a little heated sometimes, but my impression is that people here for the most time...
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    They seem to be a distinct minority...

    For comparison, could this forum be considered a skeptic forum? I guess it really leans more toward atheism, but I would guess that most people here are skeptics as well. Though a few seem prone to...
  24. The division into races (i.e white, black, etc)...

    Yes, I saw the Wiki page, thanks.:)

    I have to say though, not living in a country that practices it, that it seems like a very strange system that some people based on skin color or ethnic...
  25. Yes, I saw the Wiki page, thanks.:) I have to...

    You are right, it came across in an incorrect way.

    And I didn't know that those other countries in the Wikipedia link practiced it.[/QUOTE]

    The Wiki link I posted did go into some detail for a...
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