in reply to Re^7: Patience is a Monk Virtue
in thread Patience is a Monk Virtue

I'm in favor of all states being broken up into the smallest possible units
Then, I'm sorry to say, you're an idiot. We already had that. Consquences: poverty, a plethora of currencies, division, war. No, we as humanity must think bigger. One world, one people, one government.

Sleeping a night over this, I apologize for the "idiot".


You can lead your users to water, but alas, you cannot drown them.

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Re^9: Patience is a Monk Virtue
by Your Mother (Bishop) on Nov 14, 2017 at 22:44 UTC

    I will take your critique will all the tremendous value and historical backing it contains.

    If the US were divided by even 2 major states like New York or California seceding, there would not be military bases littering the world like cigarette butts, 1 million dead Iraqis, 10 million refugees in the mid-East, a seven-fold worldwide increase in terrorism in just 15 years, and the chance that any given moment in any given day the world will be plunged into nuclear war. China and Russia long tried to conform to your view. They killed 100 million of their own citizens in the last century without needing a single war to do it.

      The flaw in your reasoning is that the EU is not a super state.

      It's an economic block of independent members who can veto decisions, guaranteeing citizens equal rights and freedoms.

      Not least minority rights ensuring peace in complex ethnic settings.

      It's not engaged in military operations. For instance the stupid operation in Libya was orchestrated by France and the UK ( plus a bunch of borrowed US missiles), not the EU.

      Cheers Rolf
      (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
      Je suis Charlie!

        My reasoning is chiefly freedom based. Economics is a defining factor in freedom so I see no flaw. Without total freedom of money, there is no individual freedom. Economics was the copilot in all the death described in this thread.

      Despite the impression one can get when watching the news, the world has become more and more peaceful, better if you will, ever since the middle ages. Look up talks by Hans Rosling if you don't believe that.
      This development is in parts due to first the invention of the nation state and later supranational organisations like EU, ASEAN, the UN and the free trade they make possible. Hence the only logical forward is even greater unity, not more division.

      You want to lead us into the past and I will speak out against that, no matter the number of negative votes.


      You can lead your users to water, but alas, you cannot drown them.

        Yes, the world has become more peaceful. It has nothing to do with centralized power. And giving it as a reason to justify or, better, we'll say, ameliorate, US foreign policy would require all ad hominems in the world to address adequately.

        Collectivism, what you are preaching, is all the past is; from religion to every flavor of statism and tribalism. Everyone must live for something greater, something other than herself. The extent to which a political entity is successful is the extent to which it can escape that. Freedom and individual rights can only flourish in a decentralized world where everyone can have an efficacious voice and choose for herself. But I don't suppose an idiot such as myself can fairly form cogent opinions on any topic at all really so you just go ahead and take the last word–

      a seven-fold worldwide increase in terrorism in just 15 years

      Your Mother thinks terrorism is different from war

        Tea is not coffee. Words have meaning no matter how hard one wishes or conflates. If war were terrorism, the US would be the greatest terrorist entity in the world today.

Re^9: Patience is a Monk Virtue
by erix (Parson) on Nov 15, 2017 at 11:33 UTC

    poverty, a plethora of currencies, [...] [more Bad Things]

    Surely the one-currency-experiment we still have here (the Euro) hasn't worked out so well.

    I'm all for European cooperation (and even pro-EU) but national currencies seem to be a Good Thing (or at least for as long national peoples are not willing to pick up each other's debts)

      Size matters even with bad apples in the basket.

      The fact alone that we can just print money now, without being punished* proves the benefit of size...

      Cheers Rolf
      (addicted to the Perl Programming Language and ☆☆☆☆ :)
      Je suis Charlie!

      *) a privilege once limited to the then only reserve currency.