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  1. Ultimately, the American Revolution was simply a...

    Ultimately, the American Revolution was simply a conflict between two sets of wealthy elites, and so it was easy for the founding fathers to declare that their work was done and step aside, never...
  2. The way that it's always presented in American...

    The way that it's always presented in American textbooks, our revolution is the nice and clean one that achieved all of its objectives without much fuss, whereas the French Revolution was the crazy...
  3. It is a testament to the professionalism of...

    It is a testament to the professionalism of historians that a handful of aristocrats getting executed is labeled the "Terror" but the deaths of millions of innocent civilians in French imperial...
  4. There's a difference between some level of...

    There's a difference between some level of sexism, which is always going to be around in some form, and the kind of 1950s gender roles that the guy was talking about. And to be honest, I don't even...
  5. I mean, it's one thing to say that women...

    I mean, it's one thing to say that women generally don't have as much upper body strength and aren't as capable as front line fighters, I think most people then and now would probably agree with...
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    The thing is, the Phoenix isn't something that...

    The thing is, the Phoenix isn't something that should be explained in detail or have an extensive backstory, because that kind of ruins the magic of it. Somebody earlier brought up the comparison to...
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    I think it's just a recognition that all of...

    I think it's just a recognition that all of Marvel's efforts to try and make the Phoenix something that can be passed around to any character haven't really stuck or made the same impression on fans...
  8. India would be a useful partner to help contain...

    India would be a useful partner to help contain China, if America were ever capable of actually treating them as an equal partner worthy of respect and dignity rather than just another source of...
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    The framing is odd, usually with this type of...

    The framing is odd, usually with this type of scene the character is ripping off a costume she's wearing to reveal something underneath, but I suppose that would've been too provocative here. It is...
  10. Imagine if every country who was negotiating a...

    Imagine if every country who was negotiating a trade deal with the US demanded that we abolish our racist police departments first, you think any president would accept a deal like that? Western...
  11. The Philippines is actually a great example of...

    The Philippines is actually a great example of American foreign policy at work, being a former US colony they actually have a much greater imprint of Western culture and government than any of the...
  12. If adopting Western values would help countries...

    If adopting Western values would help countries succeed and prosper, why don't more of them just do that? Is it that the other 90% of the world is simply too stubborn or too stupid to adopt policies...
  13. If the worst thing you can accuse Asian people of...

    If the worst thing you can accuse Asian people of doing is buying up property then I don't think anyone would mind that stereotyping, not to mention that, last I checked, being a capitalist country...
  14. It's not racism, it's just a statement of fact. ...

    It's not racism, it's just a statement of fact. Many of the cultural cues that people from different regions in Asia use to distinguish themselves from each other will fly completely over the heads...
  15. Yeah that will never happen because white people...

    Yeah that will never happen because white people can't tell the difference between the "good" Asians and the evil commies.
  16. The thing is, most Trump voters are at least...

    The thing is, most Trump voters are at least honest about what they believe and who they support, and so while a lot of them can be pretty annoying to talk to, at least you know where they stand. ...
  17. My family is the same way, after all life in...

    My family is the same way, after all life in America is far more comfortable than back in the old country and who wants to be poor? But I would caution against falling into the trap that many...
  18. That's exactly the point though, eh? If you have...

    That's exactly the point though, eh? If you have spent your whole life surrounded by people like those on this forum who live relatively comfortable lives in wealthy countries and rarely have to...
  19. Except that it's not primarily immigrants that...

    Except that it's not primarily immigrants that are driving down wages in America, because by and large immigrants and native-born workers occupy different lanes in the labor market, because of course...
  20. Iím not sure if you know this, but the vast...

    Iím not sure if you know this, but the vast majority of people living on the planet canít just pack up and move wherever the hell they want and expect to be treated with dignity and respect. Of...
  21. We've tried nothing, and we're all out of ideas!

    We've tried nothing, and we're all out of ideas!
  22. The national popular vote has never mattered, and...

    The national popular vote has never mattered, and nobody has ever treated it like it does. Trump won by the rules that everyone knew about and agreed to going in, and there's still a pretty good...
  23. Social democracy isn't some "evolution" of...

    Social democracy isn't some "evolution" of capitalism, it was a compromise position devised to placate workers and prevent them from going full on Marxist. As there has never been much of a threat...
  24. Democratic socialism is a fine concept, it is...

    Democratic socialism is a fine concept, it is certainly far better than the insane economic system we have in the US and whatever steps we take toward a more equitable distribution of income would...
  25. Japan didn't need its own empire to rebuild after...

    Japan didn't need its own empire to rebuild after the war, because it could rely on help from America for that, as our military had a vested interest in building them up as a bulwark against...
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