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  1. No, you are confusing capitalism with free-market capitalism or laisser-faire capitalism. Free-market capitalism is a subset of capitalism, but is not the only form of capitalism. Capitalism is about using private competition to allocate capital within society. You can have more redistributive forms of capitalism such as in Norway. No, communism and nazism are subsets of socialism, at least under the traditional definition of socialism.
  2. Then how do you explain national socialists such as the nazis, along with other fascists? They were socialists because they believed that the means of production should be controlled directly or indirectly by the state. I don't think your definition of socialism is the most correct nor the most useful definition.
  3. It would be better to abolish things now, before they get worse. And for all we know, the queen might remain alive for another 100 years. Do we really want to wait that long?
  4. I agree. Lack of separation of media and state has very bad implications for democracy. If the state controlled media has a strong financial incentive to ensure that certain parties win elections and that other parties lose elections then they have a conflict of interest when it comes to covering elections. That said, we can advocate both for the abolition of the monarchy as well as support separation of media and state.
  5. Politicians in Australia have. They have elected republican prime ministers under both major parties.
  6. Have a national referendum. After the referendum passes, which territorial or provincial government would dare go against the will of the people to support an unelected monarchy? We should open up the constitution, our constitution is terrible. We don't even have proper constitutional protections for freedom of speech. This COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted how little rights the Canadian people actually have. Because the political establishment is against them. Replace the political establishment with governments or parties that better support freedom and
  7. I don't remember any of this. I'm not that old. None of the politicians have ever tried to abolish the monarchy, so references to the past seem of little value here. Have a national referendum on abolishing the monarchy. With a majority vote of yes, most of these barriers to abolition would crumble.
  8. Then how do you explain the fact that many other countries have gotten rid of their monarchies, including France, the United States, and India? Australia has even had referendums on abolishing the monarchy. Not with COVID-19.
  9. Or she doesn't use the power that she has. Do you think it would be a good idea to wait until we have a monarch that abuses power before trying to change things? It would be far better to get rid of the monarchy before problems arise, especially under the queen's children or grandchildren. Prince Harry is a dangerous authoritarian who even wants video games such as Fortnite banned. He also thinks that COVID-19 is punishment from nature for climate change. So instead of getting a real job like everyone else, we need her to be a ceremonial figure? Wouldn't it be better to have an
  10. Meanwhile, the military swears allegiance to a foreign Queen and her successors instead of to Canada or to Canadians...
  11. Because the queen is unelected, just like Xi Jinping. I support democracy.
  12. I love not being able to edit previous posts. This is such a greater feature of these forums!
  13. I having a thread title with opposite meaning as your poll title was confusing. I accidentally voted yes.
  14. Ultimately, there are going to be some trade-offs between creating incentives for productive behaviour (such as incentives to work, incentives for capital investment, incentives to create new technologies, and incentives to increase human capital) and reducing income inequality through transfers. The incentives for productive behaviour are important since they allow for a society to produce and consume more goods and services, but some redistribution of income can be important since the value of an additional dollar to a poor person can be much more than the value of an additional dollar to a
  15. Thank you for your curiousity. A variety of definitions of 'capitalism', 'socialism' and related words. But, I would argue that the most useful of these definitions are the traditional definitions, which you will still find some version of in dictionaries. Here are definitions from the Merriam-Webster dictionary: Capitalism: an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
  16. It would be very helpful if you could provide your definition of capitalism. I see a lot of definitions thrown around by critics of 'capitalism' and a lot of people saying 'capitalism' is bad with out providing a definition (or even people pushing the idea that capitalism is systemically racist so needs to be dismantled in order to create the inclusive and non-capitalist economy). I would argue that any definition of 'capitalism' that does not involve the word 'capital' is probably wrong.
  17. Communism was also a great idea to reconfigure the word economy to make it better for everyone. Communism was supposed to make things more equitable and inclusive.
  18. I think that the AI polling by Advanced Symbolics is pretty reliable (they predicted Trump winning in the last election). https://advancedsymbolics.com/us-election-2/ So I will say, Biden: 350, Trump: 188
  19. I don't think it is necessary to refer to Arruda's weight, and it may break forum rules. Perhaps you should edit your posts and the thread title?
  20. As-tu un lien? https://www.journaldequebec.com/2020/09/22/covid-19-et-regles-sanitaires-les-policiers-pourront-ils-entrer-dans-les-maisons Is this link relevant? https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/guilbault-police-covid-19-warrant-ticket-gatherings-1.5735339 The charter is a lie. We don't actually have charter rights. Sections 1 and 33 make sure of that. Of course Canadian nationalism prevents Canadians from seeing this, which means they never demand having actual constitutional rights.
  21. Thank you for catching my typo. I meant the Communist Party of China.
  22. I saw a random tweet by Andrew Coyne of a O'Toole advertisement and it just reminded me how awful O'Toole can be. This guy is a protectionist who wants to have "industrial policy", get out of trade agreements and have mass central planning of the economy. He literally calls free trade the result of 'big government' and says this unironically, as though the government putting up trade restrictions and tariffs counts as 'small government'. In his platform he mentioned wanting government funded greenhouses in Canada. Does this mean he plans to have state funded banana and orange planta
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