Page 18 of 18 FirstFirst ... 8161718
Results 171 to 176 of 176

Thread: Ubuntu 14.04 Codename Revealed, Mir Haters Attacked

  1. #171
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    232

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish Wilson View Post
    Because it is harder to enforce a global understanding of human rights and the need for diversity in smaller more clannish environments.
    This is self-contradictory. Smaller, clannish governments are inherently diverse, while larger unified government inherently means reducing diversity of community, viewpoints, and styles of governance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hamish Wilson View Post
    Which is completely unethical unless you believe that every single disadvantaged person did something to justify the treatment they have received.
    Consider the same argument in other attributes of life beyond money that government traditionally does not redistribute: social status, athletic accomplishment, physical health, academic achievement and credentials. Did every single disadvantaged person do something to justify the treatment they have received? Of course not! That also doesn't justify involuntary intrusive redistribution. In many cases the redistribution is a greater injustice.

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisb View Post
    Society does adapt to extreme inequality, but not in the way that you hope. Historically, extreme inequality has led directly to revolution, both violent and non violent. It turns out that the majority of people will not accept income inequality if they are poor. And if the majority of people reject something, then it can't be sustained without removing their power, ie denying them the right to vote and shifting to a non representative government. That's one of the reasons why income inequality is historically correlated with civil conflict. That does not mean it will always be that way, and perhaps some society will discover a way to have both stability and a stratification of income classes through extreme control over the lower classes (ie. something like current Dubai, although even there the economic slave class has been showing signs of dissent, and there have been riots involving thousands of people, so I doubt it is really sustainable in the long term).
    These are good, valid points and potential problems with a stratified society. Every society has minorities at the tail ends of the distributions of money/status/power. Those don't always trigger problems. The poor or middle classes don't always resent or clash with the rich.

    Dubai has problems much deeper than basic wealth stratification. 90% of the demographic doesn't have basic citizenship or a path to such citizenship. Even families that have lived in Dubai for generations of don't have citizenship or the same basic rights as the nationals. The society is also not a democracy with public elections. That's more of a blood line apartheid system.

    Brazil or South Africa is probably a better example of a semi-Democratic society with extreme wealth stratification. And yes, it seems to correlate with conflict.

  2. #172
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    205

    Default

    PLEASE STOP THIS OFFTOPIC NONSENSE, FIND ANOTHER FORUM TO DISCUSS ABOUT THAT OR USE PRIVATE MESSAGES...

    Thanks

  3. #173
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Posts
    19

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by timofonic View Post
    PLEASE STOP THIS OFFTOPIC NONSENSE, FIND ANOTHER FORUM TO DISCUSS ABOUT THAT OR USE PRIVATE MESSAGES...

    Thanks
    +1. There is off topic, and there is this. Trying to argue about politics is like arguing with the wind. Please stop and let's get back to the original topic of Mir.

  4. #174
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    220

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by vivo View Post
    +1. There is off topic, and there is this. Trying to argue about politics is like arguing with the wind. Please stop and let's get back to the original topic of Mir.
    This thread is yet another example of how bad Phoronix needs more active mods. Between the off topic banter and piss poor atitude of so many posters, its getting really hard to find relevant information.

    Sorry for the threadjack.

  5. #175
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    1,353

    Default

    somebody has to stand up for the rights of the majority. too many times minorities have taken power and collapsed the infrastructure that the majority built.

    Maybe the teaparty analogy was pretty good after all.

  6. #176
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    232

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by vivo View Post
    +1. There is off topic, and there is this. Trying to argue about politics is like arguing with the wind. Please stop and let's get back to the original topic of Mir.
    I will move the politics discussion to a more appropriate forum, however, Shuttleworth did raise US politics and the tea party and so did the original post.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •