Post # 856
Political compass is great. As you’ve found, it rates people on a left-right axis and an authoritarian-libertarian axis. It then plots people’s political beliefs on a graph so that you can see your political position plotted against other world leaders. I tried it two or three years ago and found that I was further left than Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. My family tease me about my left wing, libertarian views. It’s all very interesting.
If anyone would like to try ‘Political Compass it’s a series of questionnaires at:
Post # 857
Thanks for your interesting, intelligent and thoughtful corrections and analysis. I think I am going to officially adopt you!
Post # 858
my dot is right where Jill Stein (Green Party) is. Left libertarian. I’m guessing our beliefs are very similar!
ETA: In other news, the Harvard Republicans will not endorse Trump. They are the oldest College Republicans group in the US and they said this is the first time they will not endorse the Republican candidate. I can’t say I am surprised, actually.
Post # 859
I think this explains a lot about the phenomenon that has many of us shaking our head regarding Trump’s popularity. For the record, I’m for Hillary.
Post # 860
For those who have insisted they are voting for Trump based on his amazing business acumen.. let me just drop this link here:
Post # 861
It’s a shame that Trump doesn’t simply make his tax returns for the last few years public. I wonder why he hasn’t done this. We’d all love to see them.
Post # 863
I’ve seen a few highlights of the live Clinton-Trump debate.
It’s a weird way of doing things – more about scoring points, and winning or losing, than engaging in proper debate on all the issues.
Also, why are candidates allowed to interupt each other? It’s rude, it’s irritating and it just wastes time. Finger pointing and referring to the other person as he/she or him/her when the candidates are standing in front of each other isn’t terribly polite either.
I think it would be better for the first third of the programme to separate the candidates and ask them identical in-depth questions. For the next third of the programme the candidates would have a proper dabate. Then in the last third of the programme there would be questions from members of the general public.
I would love to see Clinton and Trump debating in front of a young audience of children and teenagers. The two candidates wouldn’t be allowed to leave until they had answered all the young people’s questions.
Any thoughts from anyone else?
Post # 864
- Wedding: January 2021 - City, State
I honestly do not understand US politics, the TV campaigns are extremely bizarre (UK here) I don’t see why you need to slate someone to win, it seems petty and high school to me.
As for interuptting people wow thats just not the polite and considerate way to be an adult. Nope.
Post # 865
Personally I love political debates. Our Prime Minister recently was thrown out of the chamber for not settling down! I would love to see more of these presidential debates, but with work and study and everything else I doubt I’ll get to see much. I still struggle to believe that Donakd Trump has actually made it this far though – if it wasn’t so concerning it would be funny.
Post # 866
I’m watching an extended version of the debate, courtesy of the BBC. It is a little more measured than I thought (at least at the beginning) but so far Trump needs to stop interrupting.
I wish someone would give me a small loan of a million dollars – or in today’s money $4,557,321.77.
Hilliary can’t possibly have been fighting ISIS all of her adult life – ISIS has not been around for many years. Its origins can be traced back to 1999 when the group were very small compared with larger and, at the time, more worrying terrorist groups.
Trickle down doesn’t work very well. It’s been tried in the UK too. The countries with the greatest financial inequalities between rich and poor are the USA and the UK.
You do need to have industry regulations otherwise the rich and powerful simply become richer and more powerful and you’ll end up with a feudal society.
You do need Trump’s tax returns because you need to know whether a future president has debts or conflicts of interest. This shouldn’t depend on Hillary’s deleted emails.
Home grown terrorism is a worrying trend across all Western nations. Neither candidate had particularly good answers on this topic and yet it is so important. Everyone, please keep asking questions about it.
I actually protested against the Iraq War. I can’t remember Hillary or Trump protesting against the Iraq War.
It is, of course, easy to say whether wars were right and wrong in hindsight. I’m sure if I had been around in the late 1700s Britain wouldn’t have got into a big fight with the American Colonies. I would have had a much more enlightened approach to taxation.
I’ll stop now. From my perspective (and it is only a personal perspective) Hillary seems to have much more than an edge in the debate. She was measured and well prepared. Trump depended on hindsight and bluster. It’s a good job for him the debate was only 90 minutes. I think any longer and more cracks would have appeared.
The debate was more civilised than I expected and I look forward to watching the other ones.
Post # 867
Trump could learn a lot about interview technique from the calm, considered, articulate, heartfelt and yet poised Alicia Machado.
Post # 868
All of this. Hilary seemed way more informed and measured, Trumps defence was just to deny things he had clearly said before. He had no real strategy.
Post # 869
So, Trump seems (allegedly) to have been Tax Avoider Trump. That’s not very nice. It may not be illegal but it is certainly immoral.
I hope that he’s planning on giving back the tax that he has avoided paying.
If he becomes president is he planning on giving all Americans an 18-year tax rebate so that no one has paid more than he has during the last 18 years? I think that you should insist on it. Presumably if he hasn’t paid any tax at all you’ll get 18-years’ worth of tax back. Wow, that would be interesting – bankrupting for America, but still interesting!
If it is found that he has not been paying tax you can ask why are you all subsidising him? Why are you paying for hospitals when he doesn’t? Why do you have to pay for the roads that he travels on? Why does he think that you have to contribute financially to society but he doesn’t?
(Of course, it may be that lots of other politicians, financiers, property developers, lawyers and accountants also avoid tax. Shame on them too.)
Post # 870
Trump’s tape denigrating women and saying what he could do to them has become headline news in the UK.
I wouldn’t want my daughter (aged 20) anywhere near him.