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by Hummer
Sat Feb 19, 2011 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy 2.0
Replies: 35
Views: 5023

Re: Democracy 2.0

Proportional representation is a system of government which effectively translates representation into the precise vote. In these systems, there are clear balances to the types of problems the original poster mentioned. That is if 34% of America votes for a particular organisation, they get 34% of t...
by Hummer
Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Origins of the American Civil War
Replies: 91
Views: 12003

Re: Origins of the American Civil War

I am very sceptical at any attempt to reduce a continental war to three words. The issue of slavery is, of course, the centrepiece of the American Civil War. However, The South was the main aggressor against states' rights here. Free states restricted themselves to freeing slaves who managed to make...
by Hummer
Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Origins of the American Civil War
Replies: 91
Views: 12003

Re: Origins of the American Civil War

I agree with Yakk, that historical analysis of the Civil War is mired in all sorts of allegiances that are still present today. My intuition would suggest that other reasons facilitated secession, but most were interwoven with, at the very least, racist rhetoric if not slavery itself. There is a mor...
by Hummer
Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Origins of the American Civil War
Replies: 91
Views: 12003

Origins of the American Civil War

There has been a lot written in America in the last few days concerning the American Civil War particularly in light of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV; http://www.scv.org/) advertising campaigns. I was wondering if anyone has formed their own opinions concerning the American Civil War, partic...
by Hummer
Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange arrested, in custody
Replies: 220
Views: 18971

Re: Assange arrested, in custody

With the exception of these rape charges, which come at a very curious time indeed, what crime did Assange commit that the New York Times, the Guardian (UK), Die Welt, and nearly every other newspaper in the world do not? The American prosecution is all over the place on this, they have no idea what...
by Hummer
Tue Dec 07, 2010 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 484
Views: 268684

Re: Recommend a book

Time on a Cross by Fogel and Engerman The book's central hypothesis, that American slavery in the nineteenth century was both relatively productive and beneficial to the African-American minority in the South (compared to the decades preceding their emancipation and northern farm labourers) gives a...

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