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Mahollinder(893) Clarified
1 point

More specifically: Stokley Carmichael, the man who popularized the slogan, defined it pretty clearly in his speech at Berkeley. What Black Power ultimately represents is the capacity of blacks to act freely and of our own will within society, or to not require permission to perform x or y action.

Mahollinder(893) Clarified
1 point

Some do. Some are also just assholes. Being in the military in and of itself should never warrant respect or admiration or gratitude. Good conduct, first and foremost, and service, second, should.

Mahollinder(893) Clarified
1 point

The computer is a product of labor--and labor exists independent of the market system within which it operates. To attribute the very existence of things to an economic system is misguided.

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Fascism is philosophically opposed to liberalism. This was actually explained quite explicitly by Mussolini and Giovanni Gentile in the treatise "The Doctrine of Fascism".

National Socialism is actually a fairly apt nomenclature of the German absorption of Fascist ideals from a political standpoint, because Fascism specifically views the society, and its subsets of individuals, corporations and other legal entities as only relational to the nation-state apparatus.

It's also important to note that the Nazi party was quite literally the most right wing political option during Germany's elections, while they were still going on.

Mahollinder(893) Clarified
1 point

This isn't a very helpful answer, and I don't think you're able to provide me the type of answer that I'm looking for.

Anyway, have a good day.

Mahollinder(893) Clarified
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Thank you for the response. Let's ignore whether animals evolve in the scientific usage. For the purposes of this discussion, I don't care if speciation occurs. Or whether limbs can be grown or lost, or an alligator can turn into a snake or vice versa.

I'm just concerned with clarifying what you mean when you say "adaptation".

So to my first question: if genes are programmed to be adaptive, what is happening in or to them? Mechanistically, how does adaptation occur at the genetic level?

Mahollinder(893) Clarified
1 point

I need some clarity on this.

Let us agree for the moment that genes are programmed to adapt, whether by some kind of externality or basic chemistry. I don't entirely disagree with using the word adaptation as an overarching term, but I don't think it's particularly precise enough.

We're still left with (1) identifying what mechanism activates to allow adaptation to occur, and to occur in beneficial ways, when genes are put up against new selective pressures. And I think more importantly, we still have to identify (2) whether adaptation occurs within the same generation first encountering new selective pressures or between/across multiple generations experiencing new selective pressures.

So, when you argue that genes are adaptive, what is happening in or to the genes when adaptation is occurring? And does it occur within or between generations?

Mahollinder(893) Clarified
2 points

Liberal here:

most of the federal debt is government owned: a mix of inter-state and inter-agency debt from federal bond issuances. That is, the government owes itself a lot of money. Of the total debt, a significant but not remotely debilitating portion is foreign debt. However, America is owed more in loans that it owes in debt to nearly a 9:1 ratio.

There's nothing wrong with wanting to reduce the debt. But it's not as significant a problem in the way that many conservative republicans suggest it is.

Mahollinder(893) Clarified
1 point

The story of Judah and Tamar strongly suggests that your view of sex and marriage is out of sync with god's.

Whether god does or does not exist seems irrelevant to our moral considerations. Morality is a fully human convention.

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