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  1. DrZoidberg

    Does your ideology include a clause that says you should raise hell against evil religions?

    Loaded language. How isn't this just a carte blanche to label anything you don't like as evil and then attack it? I think you need more qualifiers.
  2. DrZoidberg

    The root of Christianity

    Waiting until your deathbed before getting baptized was a common strategy among noble Christians at the time. Since, it was understood, the baptism would wipe the slate clean. So until baptism the Christian was free to sin as much as they liked. Considering the amount of murder nobles of his...
  3. DrZoidberg

    The root of Christianity

    I didn't say they were monotheistic. I said they were drifting towards monotheism. And that's certainly true for all of the cults I mentioned. What set Christianity apart is that it was open to poor people and slaves. That's what made that one unique, and ultimately why it beat the others. No...
  4. DrZoidberg

    The root of Christianity

    Another fun fact about Constantine. In his day, Christianity was a bottom up movement. Ie, the troops were Christian to a larger extent than the officers. The nobility were the least degree Christian. This would have been true just as much for Constantine as Maxentius. Considering the utter and...
  5. DrZoidberg

    The root of Christianity

    Yes. But the nice thing about paganism is that you can hedge your bets and sacrifice to all of the gods all at once. This little detail changed with the rise of Christianity. Constantine cleverly avoided to make public sacrifices to Jupiter. He did it in private. Or not. Nobody knows. But before...
  6. DrZoidberg

    The root of Christianity

    Constantine the Great. Now I’m listening to the podcast, History of Rome. It’s a great well researched podcast, that does not go into great depth. It’s more to give a big picture of this giant of an empire. Which is a perspective I can recommend, because Rome is such a huge topic, it is easy...
  7. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    It is regrettably clear that Europeans are prepared one bit to sacrifice anything to protect Ukraine against Putin's advances. Which is the same thing as not being willing to fight for democracy. It's a problem.
  8. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    It's not a fair fight. It's inherently easier to tweak an electoral system in a small country. The bigger the country the more complicated it is to balance it correctly
  9. DrZoidberg

    Where did the idea of eternal life in Heaven come from?

    This topic came up at Christmas leading to quite a discussion. I have quite a brainy group of close friends, so it was an interesting discussion. One guys theory was so good, it needs to be repeated. I can't say that I am fully convinced, but it's a solid argument. Here is goes: Stupid...
  10. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    Political parties is unavoilable in a modern democracy. Its just too much shit to keep track of for one person. Ruling has to be a team effort. I also don't give much weight to the pipe dreams of the founding fathers. In 1776 democracy was a wild and fanciful thought experiment. No, shit they...
  11. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    Busted. I didn't look it up. Thanks for the lesson. I still think it's ill advised to fuck with an electoral system that is working. The US economy is still very healthy. So the elected politicians could do a hell of a lot worse of a job
  12. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    In politics everyone thinks their side is rational and that the other side is swindled by demagogues. The truth is of course that it's a bit of both on both sides. What sets liberals and conservatives apart is basic values. I can recommend The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. He...
  13. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    No democratic country on Earth is perfect. They're all riddled with exploitable loopholes and exploits. They're also all different, can into existence in different historical contexts, have different economies and different cultures and ethnic compositions. The ones that are stable have found...
  14. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    My Hungarian ex-wife explained it to me. People think in dichotomies. In Hungarian politics the divide is between socialists and the conservatives. In 2006 this guy won the election for the socialists. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferenc_Gyurcs%C3%A1ny It turned out that he was a Putin...
  15. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    I think what makes a democracy is the populations general attitude towards politics. In authoritarian regimes people don't talk about politics. It's not safe to. And their opinion doesn't matter anyway. In authoritarian regimes political discussions among the citizens is reduced to poking fun at...
  16. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    I was not referring to that particular historical event. Hitler grabbed power in a coup. Which is the opposite of democracy. I only posed a hypothetical. But fascists have historically gotten into power lawfully. In the 2012 Egyptian election Mohammed Morsi won on a openly anti-democratic...
  17. DrZoidberg

    Weakening democracy lol

    "hampering the US moving forward." The measure of success for democracy isn't the degree of socialism in a society. If a majority of the people would vote for the Nazi party and the Nazis as such got into power that isn't a failure of democracy. That's exactly how democracy should work. If...
  18. DrZoidberg

    Covid-19 miscellany

    The experts at TWIV have made a statement about Omicron. "I agree that a new public health threat requires quick action. In this case that quick action is to get vaccinated. There is no need to do anything else". https://pca.st/episode/4f76f872-9289-4188-ba06-4c0525b0f991 More good quotes...
  19. DrZoidberg

    This is an important place to comment

    This is an important place to comment
  20. DrZoidberg

    Is it now forbidden to be wrong?

    I question the accuracy of the news piece. Daily Beast is like the Daily Mail of the left. Both are garbage https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/daily-beast/
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