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The basic and crucial political issue of our age is: capitalism versus socialism, or freedom versus statism. For decades, this issue has been silenced, suppressed, evaded, and hidden under the foggy, undefined rubber-terms of “conservatism” and “liberalism” which had lost their original meaning and could be stretched to mean all things to all men.

“‘EXTREMISM,’ OR THE ART OF SMEARING”
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 178
 

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Capitalism is defined, in part, by an inviolate protection of individual rights, particularly property rights, properly defined and a government limited to just that purpose and nothing besides.

But it is a complete philosophical system and as such because of the hierarchy of all philosophical systems the politics of it are based on the moral/ethical answers one comes to from their metaphysics and epistemology.

Capitalism is the most rational system ever devised. Therefore I have no party affiliation as none uphold reason and individual rights as supreme.

I am a radical for capitalism.
 
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Giant rats overtaking NYC's Central Park, Upper West Side of Manhattan​

Rat school is in session as fed-up New Yorkers try to learn how to deal with a surging rodent population.


Rats as big as bunnies are roaming the streets in broad daylight, nesting in trees and chewing through car engine wires that can cost thousands to fix. And there are so many that residents are kvetching about them every chance they get — 311 hotline complaints about rats have totaled 12,632 so far this year — a third more than the 9,042 for all of 2019.

With the Upper West Side teeming with the hungry critters, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and the city Health Department sponsored the latest incarnation of “Rat Academy,” two hours of rat prevention training livestreamed Tuesday to nearly four dozen supers, tenants and homeowners. The city began such training sessions about 10 years ago.

Gail Dubov, president of the West 83rd Street Block Association, has a “Ph.D in Rat Academy” from sitting in on a couple of sessions, including Tuesday’s. “Rats are devious,” she pronounced with authority, “and they’re smart.”

Dozens who belong to Upper West Siders for Safer Streets have posted their gargantuan vermin sightings on Facebook, including Melanie Sloan, whose daughter is Scarlett Johansson.

“Central Park is overrun with huge fat rats,” Sloan wrote. “I saw a man on a bench in the rambles swatting them unsuccessfully with a rake.”

Not a day goes by that Amanda Levine doesn’t see at least one rat. She sprays her Jeep Grand Cherokee with a cocktail of cinnamon and mint oils and water — under the hood and on all four wheel bearings — to ward off the critters. In her apartment complex, at 107th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, her neighbors tell her they hear scratching behind the walls.

Levine ticks off four reasons why she thinks rats have invaded the UWS: outdoor dining, more homeless New Yorkers, shoddy street cleaning and the biggest — trash not being picked up often enough, both from the cans on sidewalk corners and the stacks of bags hauled to the curb by building supers.


I'm not sure if this belongs in this thread because I'm not convinced that this is a political issue (which is why I didn't post the portion of the article blaming DeBlasio). I'm merely posting because reading this had me saying, "YIKES". :eeek:

I'm someone who is petrifed of mice which isn't a good thing when you live in an old home in a rural area. So, I don't even want to think about living anywhere that is infested by rats.
 

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Who cares if they remove Confederate leaders' names from the bases? Do we name other bases after people who fought against the United States? Nope.
 

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I know gun owners who voted for Biden because they didn't like Trump. Despite Biden flat out saying he wants to outlaw certain firearms that they probably own. When questioned after the election, they simply said, "we didn't know he wants that". Thing is, even someone with half a brain knows a Democrat would want more gun control, let alone when Biden put it on his website.
 

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Collectivism kills and so many either never learned that lesson or openly embrace it. How truly sad.

From an old friend:

"Witness all the collectivist experiments throughout history, from slave-owning Southern states in the United States, to Stalin’s Soviet Union, to Mao’s China, to today’s Venezuela. They have all been disastrous destroyers of human lives because of their anti-human collectivist ideology.
An important requirement of human survival and flourishing is individuals’ ability to think for themselves and support themselves by the work of their own minds. A crucial part of such work is the creation of material values, from food we eat to the goods we need to survive and to make our lives better." - Jaana Woiceshyn

 

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I know gun owners who voted for Biden because they didn't like Trump. Despite Biden flat out saying he wants to outlaw certain firearms that they probably own. When questioned after the election, they simply said, "we didn't know he wants that". Thing is, even someone with half a brain knows a Democrat would want more gun control, let alone when Biden put it on his website.
I have heard the right cry about them taking their guns away for 30 years and it never has happened. Maybe they just dont want any tom dick and spree shooter to be able to go get one. You have to do more to get a drivers license at this point.
 
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