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18-06-2014, 07:22 PM #3141
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Hobbit: The Game
19-06-2014, 02:42 PM #3142
19-06-2014, 02:58 PM #3143
I actually read that tweet but the penny didnt drop it was an rps dude such is my scanning speed due to the incessant drivel from bbc sport about the england match tonight.. doh
19-06-2014, 03:42 PM #3144
Hello All and especially Glasgow residents,
As you may or may not have noticed I've not been playing for last six months. This has been due to no longer being able to able to hit anything with the H-V45 post nerf but mainly due to writing up a thesis and having a full-time job. Anyway, I'm up to Glasgow on Monday for my pre-viva-viva (essentially a check to make sure I don't embarrass the university before defending it with an external examiner).
I've got an evening in Glasgow and need to find somewhere to eat around George Square. Any recommendations?
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20-06-2014, 05:32 PM #3149
Last edited by laldy; 20-06-2014 at 05:37 PM.Live, Learn, Laugh, Love.
Never Fear Love.
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20-06-2014, 06:02 PM #3152
I am also a liberal airhead. Probably even more than the test thinks since I was worrying that I was being a little too fascist in answering some of the questions.Originally Posted by Kanye WestOriginally Posted by Kanye West
20-06-2014, 06:06 PM #3153
The website authors definition of Fascism:
“Fascism is a form of political and social behavior that arises when the middle class, finding its hopes frustrated by economic instability coupled with political polarization and deadlock, abandons traditional ideologies and turns, with the approbation of police and military forces, to a poorly-defined but emotionally appealing soteriology of national unity, immediate and direct resolution of problems, and intolerance for dissent.” (Chuck Anesi, 2008)
a. Middle Class. In the United States, the term “middle class” as used here includes the high prole, lower middle, middle, and part of the upper middle classes. Americans generally think themselves one class higher than they actually are. To paraphrase Crane Brinton’s Anatomy of Revolution, the lower classes have their peasant revolts, the upper classes have their palace coups, but the middle classes make revolutions.
b. Economic Instability. Economic instability played a prominent role in the rise of fascism wherever it was successful, and was more perilous to the middle classes than to the lower classes (who had little to lose) or the upper classes (who were insulated from its effects). Demographic analyses of fascist party membership (Mann, op. cit.) shows quite clearly that members were on the whole younger and better educated than population means – precisely those who would be most likely to have their opportunities blocked by economic instability.
c. Polarization and Deadlock. In all cases where fascism was successful, its rise was preceded by a period of political polarization and parliamentary deadlock. In Italy, forming a stable parliamentary majority had proved impossible since 1919, and making Mussolini Prime Minister in October 1922 offered a convenient way to break the deadlock. The celebrated “March on Rome” could have been easily resisted by the government (and in fact most fascists on their way to Rome were prevented from reaching it by police forces), but it offered a handy excuse for Victor Emmanuel II to invite Mussolini into the government. In Germany, it had been impossible to form a parliamentary majority from March 1930 until Hitler’s appointment as chancellor; Hindenburg had been ruling with emergency powers article 48 of the German constitution until the appointment of Hitler as chancellor in January 1933 allowed formation of a conservative majority government. Ironically, the failure of leftists to compromise and work with centrists was a major enabler for the rise of fascism in both Italy and Germany.
d. Abandonment of Traditional Ideologies. To paraphrase Thomas (not Michael) Mann, World War I fired the mine beneath the Magic Mountain of pre-war Europe when the Enlightenment heritage of individual rights, progress, and equality collapsed into unprecedented carnage. The war left the victors exhausted and demoralized, the losers angry and resentful, and everyone wondering what went wrong.
e. Approbation of Police and Military Forces. The police and military forces are responsible for execising the state’s monopoly on violence to maintain order and defend the state. They are highly organized and skillful at what they do, and respect competence and efficiency. They will not long respect a government that is incompetent and inefficient.
Fascists did not “seize power” through any credible threat of violence. Once in office, they proceeded to consolidate and expand their power through technically legal means.
f. Poorly-defined. Fascist ideology was vague and protean. This is a source of endless frustration to those who expect to find a coherent definition of fascism in the the writings of party “philosophers”. But it reflects nothing more than fascism’s pragmatic approach to attaining its goals and its unwillingness to be bound (like its predecessors) to failed dogmas. Like all popular movements, fascism tried to encapsulate ideology in terse slogans – “Believe, Obey, Fight”, “Strength through joy”, “Work makes you free.”
g. Emotionally appealing. It is commonly observed that fascism was more a matter of the gut than of the head. Clearly those who joined fascist parties often did so from shrewd self-interest, but the same could be said of those who join any party. It was the emotional appeal of fascism – the notion that through sheer hope and force of will difficult and long-standing problems could easily be resolved – that set it apart. Triumph of the Will. This idea of course was not new and is still popular. The New Age doctrine of “Manifesting” holds that ideas firmly held will become reality. This doctrine appears in many forms – e.g. “The Power of Positive Thinking”, “The Law of Attraction”, “Change You can Believe in”. In its weak form it holds merely that positive thinking is more likely to achieve a result than negative thinking. Generally this form is harmless and often productive. In its strong form, it holds that positive thinking will in fact produce the intended result. In this form it is indistinguishable from magic.
h.Soteriology of national unity, immediate and direct resolution of problems, and intolerance for dissent.
i. National unity. This was a fixed core goal of fascism. It held that social conflict could be transcended through service to the nation-state as the embodiment of the will of the people. With all serving the same master, internal conflict would disappear and the people (with certain out-groups excluded of course) would achieve their destiny.
ii. Immediate and direct resolution of problems. This is often confounded with violence. Practically however it had more to do with cutting through red tape and taking shortcuts. Sometimes this involved squadrist violence, and sometimes it did not. It is important to realize that excessive bureaucratization and ineffective justice systems played a role in the rise of fascism. An example will be helpful.
(a) Shopkeeper sells wine to children. Fascist thugs beat up shopkeeper.
(b) Shopkeeper sells wine to children. He has bribed the police and nothing happens.
(c) Shopkeeper sells wine to children. He has bribed the judge and his case is dismissed.
(d) Shopkeeper sells wine to children. The police arrest him, and he is promptly fined and imprisoned.
(e) Shopkeeper sells wine to children. He is cited and the case drags on for a year, ultimately disposed of with a plea to a lesser charge or a deferred prosecution agreement.
A person interested in doing substantial justice with proper safeguards for individual rights would choose scenario (d) as the most desirable. But if scenario (d) is not working, is scenario (a) worse than the remaining choices? At least with scenario (a) substantial justice is done. And these were the kinds of choices that fascists had to make. Direct action did achieve immediate results and contributed greatly to the popularity of fascism in its ascendant stages.
iii. Intolerance for dissent. It would be trivial to observe that since the fascist model required individuals to serve the nation-state as the embodiment of the popular will, and subordinate their interests to it, dissent would be unthinkable for any true believer. A stronger reason for suppressing dissent can be found in the emotional characteristics of fascism. Accepting that ideas firmly held become reality, a dissenter imperiled the collective spell, and dissent was seen as a species of malefic witchcraft.
Soteriology is the study of religious doctrines of salvation. Salvation theory occupies a place of special significance and importance in many religions.Live, Learn, Laugh, Love.
Never Fear Love.
20-06-2014, 07:30 PM #3154
21-06-2014, 03:30 AM #3155
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Fuck the police! Apart from those just looking out for our best interests without any sort of power trip. Not that I've ever met one of them.
21-06-2014, 10:23 AM #3156
2.1 a liberal airhead. I did have to answer some questions awkwardly though.Itsbastiat, Dawngate
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21-06-2014, 01:34 PM #3157
4.7 I may want to practice doing things with my left hand. It's a good thing i'm ambidextrous then.
21-06-2014, 02:53 PM #3158
Ah shit, I might have to cave and buy a console after all.
Originally Posted by Kanye WestOriginally Posted by Kanye West
21-06-2014, 10:37 PM #3159
2.7: Liberal Airhead
Apparently socialism is liberalism these days. I guess that's what happens when you try to draw a one dimensional triangle.
21-06-2014, 10:39 PM #3160