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Would America elect a socialist to be President ?

Um, no. Why do you ask?



We are the scientist and engineers of...

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#ilooklikeanengineer - Who Doesn't ?

I work with (and for) some very accomplished , very talented female engineers. Designing and building spacecraft for some of the most challenging missions ever undertaken by human kind. I can imagine them having to put up with remarks like these.

#ilooklikeanengineer wants to challenge your ideas about who can work in tech

Alongside other social virtues, I value power....

Power is a positive, necessary, social force and no one actively engaged in politics, including you and Bernie, can do anything virtuous and beneficial without it. Running for office is running for power.

Since we humans are social animals, we need to systematically coordinate our efforts and cooperate in order to achieve just basic survival, let alone greater and more encompassing shared goals. Power is the mechanism that enables selection of such goals and effective social cooperation towards achieving them. If those goals are good, then power, the means to those goals, is good.

My conception of power is the ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments in order to influence behavior. I conceive of governance as the use of this ability in the service of justice.

My impression is that what those who...

... say they value "honesty and integrity" really value is a clear, unambiguous, public articulation of their own personal views. Which are often at the fringes of the general electorate; an electorate that is quite often ambivalent about the issues that concern the activists who demand "honesty and integrity". Another, less charitable, view of "honesty and integrity" is that it often devolves into "pandering to the base".

I personally appreciate candidates who take a broader, more inclusive and nuanced approach to the issues.

Obama’s push on trade splits Democrats along economic lines

Obama’s push on trade splits Democrats along economic lines


But the TPP also aims to strengthen patents for pharmaceutical, financial and information technology companies, extend copyrights for entertainment studios, and safeguard the free flow of data across borders for Internet and software firms. It is in those areas, independent economists have said, that the TPP could have the biggest impact in the United States....

“If we are going to capture the future, then we’ve got to open up markets to the kinds of things that we’re really good at, that can’t be duplicated overseas,” Obama said at the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce in April. “We’re good at innovation. Were good at services. We can create things that other countries can’t create.”

Over the past decade, high-tech industries and those that rely heavily on intellectual property have dramatically outperformed traditional manufacturing, Labor Department statistics show. From 2002 to 2012, the combined economic output of Hollywood and “high-tech” industries – including pharmaceutical production, engineering services, and computer and aerospace manufacturing – grew by 30 percent, after adjusting for inflation. Traditional manufacturing shrank by 1.1 percent.

Martin O’Malley: You heard it here first: I’m running for president

Things are almost ready here in Baltimore, where I’m about to step on stage to officially announce my candidacy. But first, I want to take a quick moment to thank you for all of the encouragement you’ve given me over the last few weeks. Our nation faces big challenges—from an economy that is severely out of balance to ever-changing threats to our national security. I know we can address these challenges and rebuild the American Dream as long as you’re standing with me.

(Social) Liberals are enjoying a comeback


That’s according to a new Gallup poll that finds the shares of American adults considering themselves “socially liberal” and “socially conservative” each total 31 percent. (The remaining respondents either called their views “moderate” or had no opinion.) Gallup has been tracking these categories since 1999, and the latest numbers simultaneously signify the highest share ever recorded for liberals and the lowest recorded for conservatives.

Let's examine some of these assertions....

... in a bit more detail.

1) I oppose the local food movement ....

I don't oppose the local food movement, I just don't support it, and I don't want to be part of it. I don't think there is anything wrong with a preference for local food, and I'm glad there are folks who are able to serve a need in their community and to profit from it. I don't think it will ever be anything other than a niche market, but I've got nothing against it.

2) I support and defend the corporate factory farm meat industry....

Yes, I support it in so far as it puts food on the table. I put my money where my mouth is, so to speak. In a country of 322 million people, 81% of whom live in large urban areas, large scale industrialized agriculture is a necessity. And providing larger, global markets for our country's agricultural products drives our costs down by allowing economics of scale.

3) I oppose point-of-origin labeling, and call it a protectionist ploy.

No, I don't oppose it in an absolute sense. I oppose it being advocated for reasons of "health and safety". It isn't a health and safety issue, its an issue of solidarity with our fellow citizens as opposed to citizens of another country. That is, it is a protectionist policy.

Is there anything wrong with promoting solidarity with your fellow citizens? No, not in general. In the specific context of a trade agreement that is of mutual benefit to both "us and them", however, there may be. If that was the deal (apparently it was) then it is reasonable to protest it if the deal isn't kept up by both sides.

4) Those opposed to TPP (and NAFTA) are "protectionists"

"Protectionist" is the proper, normal, technical term for those who support trade barriers and oppose their reduction. Trade agreements like NAFTA and TPP tend to reduce and attenuate those barriers. Those who oppose them are, in fact, protectionists.

Protectionism is the economic policy of restraining trade between states (countries) through methods such as tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, and a variety of other government regulations designed to allow (according to proponents) fair competition between imports and goods and services produced domestically.... The term is mostly used in the context of economics, where protectionism refers to policies or doctrines which protect businesses and workers within a country by restricting or regulating trade with foreign nations.


5) You seem to like the word "protectionist", and use it as a derogatory term

I don't believe that "protectionist" is a pejorative term. It's purely descriptive and appropriate to use in the context of discussing trade agreements. Protectionism is a tactic, and may be a useful tactic in some circumstances while not being so in others. For instance, copyright and patent laws can be protectionist. The TPP is, in this regard, protectionist in our favor. Generally, protectionism is a useful tactic for second-tier, struggling economies, and more disadvantageous for top-tier, global economies. Since we are a top-tier, global economy, protectionism does not tend to be to our advantage.

Some administration officials defend trade pact as national security policy

The Democratic Party’s civil war on trade has taken a sudden national security turn.

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said President Obama’s Pacific trade deal was as important to the military as a new aircraft carrier.

Former State Department official Kurt M. Campbell warned that U.S. diplomacy in Asia would earn a failing grade if the pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), perishes in Congress.

“The Asia-Pacific is the single most dynamic part of the globe today and where much of the history of this century will be written,” Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday during a speech on the trade at a Boeing plant near Seattle. “There’s a need for American leadership.”

Some administration officials defend trade pact as national security policy
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