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Signed On Apr 16, 2000, 22:56
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News Comments > Microsoft Break-up Broken
138. Re: Capitalism, etc. Sep 13, 2001, 00:51 apeman
 
Whether it is jealousy, fear, or any other emotion, it is quite obvious to me that the end result is a severe dislike or hatred towards the US. On a much smaller scale this may be compared to seeing the smartest kid in the class getting a faling grade on an exam. People find comfort in seeing successful (no matter how they got there, legally or not) fail.

Hmm, this almost proves my point... maybe it's not jealousy? Maybe other nations just don't think you guys are that fantastic?

Anyway, it's late here, and this is probably coming out all wrong, so I'd better stop.

 
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137. Re: Capitalism, etc. Sep 13, 2001, 00:40 apeman
 
We are in NAFTA. We are in the UN. You are in the EU. You are in the UN. Make a point, that has some truth to it.

Your ignorance just becomes more and more apparent. The EU is far more than just a free trade zone (which is what NAFTA is). Please, inform yourself just a little bit!

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127. Re: Capitalism, etc. Sep 12, 2001, 18:23 apeman
 
I would think that part of the reason that Europeans tend to have a more wordly view is because of the size of their countries (you can drive from one end to the other of most European countries in 2 days max), the large numbers of neighbor countries (the US has 2), and finaly the large number of languages spoken in Europe versus the few (2 major
English and Spanish) spoken in North America.

Good point - I think that probably does have a lot to do with it, yes. I guess here in Europe we are constantly exposed to different cultures and languages, whether we want it or not.

Do the French and Germans truly view each other as a New Yorker and a New Jersian would now, members of a larger group? I can't imagine they all do.

No, I think you're probably right there. Of course each nation state within Europe still has its individuality - but many people are also aware that above all, we have an awful lot in common, that we are all parts of a greater whole.

I can't imagine having totaly different languages, cultures, histories, beliefs, etc. only an eight hour drive away.

Heh, you bet. Even within a country as old as Germany there are significant differences - think different accents, heritage etc. maybe like in the US, only more so.

This isn't an excuse for America's ignorance of Europe and the rest of the world. Just a possible reason.

I think another reason is that like it or not, the USA is pretty much the hub of the Western world these days. Hence if you live in the "centre of the world" (note the sarcasm...) you don't really have to look far afield, do you?

Look, there are good and bad aspects to the US. The same can be said of any other country

Again, I agree with you 100%. However, I would say that from my experience Americans tend to be particularly ignorant (that doesn't mean ALL of them are of course) and what's more, convinced they're in the right. There is the stereotype of the ignorant Yank who still argues his point loudly and aggressively even though he has no idea what he is talking about. Do you guys get taught that kind of sentiment in school? I'm just curious.

Well anyway, thanks for your post,

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126. Re: Capitalism, etc. Sep 12, 2001, 18:08 apeman
 
You might also want to note that there is no one saying 'yup, im a socialist.'

Oh yes there is! Maybe not in America, but in other parts of the world, GASP! there are "socialist" parties, and even "communist" parties! And people actually vote for them - now would you believe it?!

ill be sure to take your hard earned money by legal extortion and give it to poor people who are addicted to drugs.'

How pathetic. You wouldn't happen to be somewhat biassed against socialism, would you?

Example please. I need examples, im an arrogant and ignorant American.

Well, if you weren't able to figure out that I was talking about the European Union (EU) then maybe you really are ignorant.

Anyone with a good idea can become rich, if they work at it. Thats one of the problems of welfare, however; giving handouts decreases the need to better ones self, and corrodes the work ethic. After all, why would you work for something you can get for free?

So would you say you're completely against the system of welfare? Do you think anyone - no matter how unfortunate - can work their way up if they only try hard enough?

Im curious, what would your proposed system be?

No - you tried this once before, and I actually responded. Now it's Shingen's turn.

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122. Re: Capitalism, etc. Sep 12, 2001, 13:41 apeman
 
Shingen, I can't believe just how blinkered you are. You are certainly eloquent; let me respond to a few of your points (if I respond to all I'll be here all night...)

1. Stop using the term "statism". It's a made-up word. There is nobody out there saying "yep, I'm a statist".

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This is why most of Europe has been stagnant for a hundred years.

What?? Look at Europe, please. We actually are moving towards living in harmony with our neighbours, knocking down borders, cooperating with one another. That is more than the USA can say about itself. And you dare call us "stangant"?!
Its's probably statements like this that make foreigners call Americans "arrogant" and "uneducated".

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Capitalism isn't sink or swim, and there is nothing "cutthroat" about it - it is a system of justice; those that have not earned values are not given them as though they had (at the expense of those that did earn them).

Ah, the old myth of the "American dream". I see where you're coming from, but you completely fail to acknowledge the fact that some people are born into less privileged circumstances that others. Someone who grows up in a poor family, in some bad inner city neighbourhood, might work and work all his life and still never manage to escape his low-down life. Where in your system are the provisions for charity? For helping the less fortunate?
And don't tell me this is going to happen through voluntary donations. I think it's very noble if Gordon Moore gives millions to charity, but if you want to ensure a steady flow of money you will need to do more than just rely on the occasional goodwill of some millionaire.

Anyway Shingen, a few posts back I asked you to outline how the US (or any other country) would look under your proposed "pure capitalism" - you haven't responded yet... Please? I would be interested to hear of a system as unregulated as the one you're proposing being made to work in a country containing well over 200 million people.


 
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News Comments > Microsoft Break-up Broken
100. Re: Individualism Sep 9, 2001, 20:52 apeman
 
Id be more interested in how you think things should work, since is appears to me you are merely trying to incite something.

Hey, I'm not the one here who is railing against governments restricting the right of the individual. Personally, I think it's all down to give and take - having a government means you have certain rights, privileges, protections that you would not have on your own. In return, you give up some of your individual rights as well. There's no such thing as a free lunch!

nothing less than a revolution will turn the US around from its path to socialism.

Uhhh....
Are you serious?
"US on its path to socialism"?! You seem to have an odd perspective on things. Are you one of those militia guys or something? The USA is about the most un-socialist country I can think of.

Also, Apeman, may I ask what nationality you are?

Sure. I'm a citizen of the European Union.

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96. Re: Individualism Sep 8, 2001, 18:50 apeman
 
No, but that a government exists does not mean that government must exploit by force.

Right then... so since you see so many things wrong with this government, or even with government per se, I would be interested to see your vision of how things should be run in a non-contaminated capitalist way. Please make sure your ideas could be made to work in a country numbering 200 million people...

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News Comments > Microsoft Break-up Broken
95. Re: Capitalism Sep 8, 2001, 18:47 apeman
 
I'm not a libertarian. I am a capitalist, and I am an American.

See? I know one when I see one.

 
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90. Re: socialism Sep 8, 2001, 01:51 apeman
 
You don't know what you're talking about, and by twisting history you insult those who died to fight the real fascists.
Your ignorance sickens me.

Hear hear. Not to worry though, this guys looks like a troll to me - don't even take him seriously. Anyone who isn't able to elaborate his political beliefs into more than one sentence shouldn't bother.


 
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89. Re: Capitalism Sep 8, 2001, 01:48 apeman
 
I've never claimed to be an American, you're assuming; why don't you just ask (then you can be more certain in your attacks on me based on my nationality)?

Fair enough. I don't think I need to resort on attacks based on nationality, you are quite right. It was not my intention. But given your particular virulent strain of libertarian capitalist political philosphy, I'd think it's highly unlikely you are anything but American. Am I right?

Colonialism ended in Africa for the most part decades ago, individual rights have gone unprotected in the vast majority of African nations since then, and no coincidence, conditions have not improved in such nations.

Can you give me an example? And please, don't mention Mugabe and the white farmers in Zimbabwe...

 
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81. Re: $LAVE$ Sep 8, 2001, 00:02 apeman
 
I think if anything, the 19th century and early 20th century demonstrate WHY unrestricted capitalism doesn't work. Companies will squeeze the life out of their employees to make a profit, and few will offer a better alternative, because they don't HAVE to and can still generate profit. That's brutal.

And interestingly enough it was exactly this kind of thing that brought about the rise of communist ideology in the early 20th century. Seeing the way workers were mercilessly exploited by their masters during the heyday of the industrial age was what led Marx to conclude that the only solution was the dictatorship of the proletariate. Might seem a bit of an anachronism nowadays, but it helps if you see it in its historical context.


 
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79. Re: Capitalism Sep 7, 2001, 23:56 apeman
 
It isn't unfair because a third world country is a third world country on principle; most African nations for example are in such horrid conditions not because of 'fate' or some other mystical reason, but because few (if any?) countries in Africa have ever had protected individual rights, specifically property rights.

OK, you're treading on thin ice here mate... and once again displaying your US-centred ignorance. The real reason Africa is the mess it is today is because it was exploited for over a century by European colonialist powers, who left a legacy of poverty, dependence and in-fighting. I'm not saying that is the root of all the problems we are seeing, but it sure accounts for much of the status quo.
Did you know, before the Europeans arrived in Africa there were already advanced civilizations there, such as the Benin, Zulu, and of course Ethiopia.


 
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58. Re: Capitalism Sep 7, 2001, 13:11 apeman
 
#53, you are talking out of your arse. You quote an impressive number of facts from the Nazi era, but in trying to equate that to Communism you completely fail to take account of the fact that the fundamental ideologies are diametrically opposed... why do you think one talks about "right-wing" and "left-wing"? It is true, that in extremism, both ideologies converge towards totalitarianism. That doesn't mean they're the same. Methinks you have gone totally overboard with your all-American commie witch hunt.

You also failed to separate the theoretical foundations of an ideology from their implementation. I suggest you read Das Kapital before throwing Marx (a political philosopher and economist) in the same category as Hitler (a despot who murdered millions, for Chrissake!) That alone is enough to disqualify your post completely.

And as for Kant: if you're not intelligent enough to read the original texts, then please refrain from passing judgement on this great thinker. His epitaph was (and I paraphrase): "There are two things that will never cease to amaze me - the glory of the firmament above, and the power of the moral imperative within." Does that sound like the grandfather of absolutist dictatorships to you?

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16. Re: Boooo Sep 6, 2001, 13:24 apeman
 
Ha ha, well said.
Is it just me or do these message boards contain a disproportionately high number of right wingers and libertarians? (judging by past discussions, too.) I guess FPS gaming and left-leaning ideology do not necessarily go hand in hand...

Proud to be a pinko,

apeman

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News Comments > Black & White 2 Announced
10. Re:Obviously Sep 4, 2001, 22:53 apeman
 
Magic Carpet rocked. Mind you, they'd have to come up with something pretty innovative for a part 3; part 2 was a great game but didn't really have much new stuff compared to the first one.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Bad MS, Bad Sep 4, 2001, 13:39 apeman
 
Actually, "BCC" stands for "Blind Carbon Copy". That way you can CC stuff to people without their addresses being known to the other recipients.

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News Comments > C-S Player Dead After All-Nighter
28. Re: Sad ... Aug 26, 2001, 17:11 apeman
 
Hear hear, anon@195.92, I couldn't have said it better myself. I almost feel ashamed for being a gamer when I see all the immature jerks here laughing at this unfortunate guy's death, and then ranting on about how people are blaming it all on video games... again. Take some responsibility, dammit. Nobody is saying "video games kill" because of this, so get out of your stupid paranoia mode. It was a freak incident, not without some irony, but if you think about it it's quite sad. Your thoughts should be with this guy's family, not on how to make some cheap joke out of this affair.


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: *nix fix Aug 2, 2001, 13:51 apeman
 
Hey JCC, God knows where the floppy drive has gone but the new UltraSPARCs actually are no longer purple, just the usual, boring, eggshell white...
As for Mozilla: yep, I use it at home but for some reason it won't compile on our system here and the binary doesn't seem to work either. Besides, I don't have root access... :-( Thanks for your suggestions though.

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6. speaking of which... Aug 2, 2001, 12:25 apeman
 
Well funny you should mention that - this stupid Flash ad is causing me grief too. I use Netscape 4.78 under Solaris, and I can't even view your page nowadays! (Instead I get an empty page with some some kind of HTTP error.) I have a Flash plugin for my browser, but I guess those advertising idiots assume everyone uses Windows.
Blue, I have emailed you about this, but you obviously chose to ignore it - could you please do something about this ad? If you can't get rid of it, could you at least try and ensure it won't screw up the whole site on platforms that aren't able to view it? I always thought you pride yourself on how many different browsers and operating systems your site can be viewed (which I think is very laudable, by the way).

Thanks...

apeman

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News Comments > Thief 3 Shots, Art
1. :o) Jul 19, 2001, 13:50 apeman
 
Wow, that cathedral shot, and especially, that final night-time in-game shot, look amazing... just imagine what that will be like coupled with the usual atmospherics and storyline. Boy I can't wait for Thief 3!!


 
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