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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Hint: brother
  2. Re: Did you ever visit any place where a particular battle took place?

    I live in Europe, so the odds are I've been on the site of dozens, possibly even hundreds of battle site without knowing it or paying much attention to it. In my home province I can name 3 off the...
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Ok, wasn't really expecting anyone to get that, but you never know.

    Hint: 1903
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Nope. Guess he looks a bit east asian in this pic but he was not (afaik anyway!)
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    https://i.postimg.cc/5t4P8w5Y/pic03.jpg
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Anacharsis Cloots



    found here :D
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    Re: Name that Battle!

    Correct, it's the Battle of Seven Oaks




    I thought that would be harder! The General has the floor....
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    Re: Name that Battle!

    https://i.postimg.cc/gk0593DN/pic03a.jpg
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    Re: Name that Battle!

    Well yes, with the name of the painter it's quite easy: The Assault On Messines Ridge - Flanders, 1917. Another battle around Ypres. I'm sure Mak must have found it.
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Well done! Yes, it's Bertrand du Guesclin.
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Next hint then. He was a, and eventullly the principal military leader for a French king.
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Well, it's closer than the Romans, but not particularly close.
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    I don't think it's a separate item of clothing, if that's what you mean. He's wearing a surcoat and it looks like the collar is an integral part of it, but I could be wrong.
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    nope
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Nope
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    I'll give a hint straight away. It's a military man.

    https://i.postimg.cc/vHLPR3pw/20191123-002504.jpg
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    Re: Name that historical figure!

    Roger Casement?
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    @Epic, I think that image is instructive, but with a a few caveats: IMHO this is the European way of framing left-right.

    I think the American way has at least one important difference and that is...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    I think not too many would understand the left-right dichotomy that way. We do not have to consider the Nazis to highlight that. Conservatives are generally considered right wing, yet in terms of...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    HH just out of curiosity, can you name some organisations that you would call far right?
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    I don't think it's been answered by HH though and I don't think this answer would be his.
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    For arguments' sake let's assume that's the case. So we have a commonality in the means. A bit of backward reasoning, but ok. Tell me where's the commonality in the ends. Because let's face it, no...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    ..... and they are?
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    So you already narrowed down a political philosophy to economic policies and then further narrow it down by qualifying it with 'in essence'. What is this 'essence' you are referring to?



    Well,...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    Then again, the burden of proof is not on him, but on you. You're the one arguing for a paradigm shift. I sure hope you realise that. The author of the article in the OP did. The only way he managed...
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    Re: Brexit - Time to scrap it and start again?

    Politicians love to blame others? How about voters? Politicians at least have a good reason to want to blame others: they are accountable. Voters blaming their politicians otoh is entirely...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    You know where this is going wrong? By conflating intent and outcome. I would not hesitate to agree that there are many similarities between authoritarian socialist regimes and fascist regimes,...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    Ok to summarize, if you disregard the nationalism, racism, fascism and mysogeny and the like, National Socialism fits 'socialism' perfectly fine, because it's not capitalism and has the word...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    Thing is, even parties everyone know are pretty much single issue parties, tend to formulate positions on a wide range of issues. That's pretty much the case with the populist right in Europe. They...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    Ludicus, it seems to me your point is that those economic models should matter greatly. I completely agree. My impression is though, that 'the left' are not succeeding to make that agenda central to...
  31. Re: Why do we respect people's lives but not their free wills?

    Yes basics, a side effect of our evolution has been our ability to reason ourselves (and others) out of our instinctive sense of guilt and into actions/behaviour we instinctively feel is wrong"....
  32. Re: Why do we respect people's lives but not their free wills?

    I admit this is going out on a limb, but there might be something to it: The phenomenon you describe might be a remnant from times when all (official) power was assumed to come from God. If all power...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    I didn't miss it. I just thought it was entirely unrelated to the bit I responded to.

    Nevertheless, taking the thread title at face value, is there anything left of 'the left'? I think there is,...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    Predictable:



    Pretty much confirms exactly what I said: If you don't consider the purpose of statism important, then there's no difference between fascism and socialism. As I said, this is a...
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    Same quotes, but this time by a right wing newspaper. I take it that will make all the difference. :no:

    Hitler was not a socialist, even if he did stash champagne


    As the article starts out...
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    Re: Brexit - Time to scrap it and start again?

    EU agrees extension to 31st of January 2020

    Bring on the elections (and the popcorn)!
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    I'm not going to bother arguing. It does not take 'modern leftists' to distance Nazism from socialism. You can read this and make up your own mind if you haven't already, that is.
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    Re: Is there anything left of The Left?

    There is of course an important difference between the concepts of an ideology on the one hand and how people interpret and apply those concepts in practice. For instance, all Christian sects as far...
  39. Re: Same-sex marriage and abortion to be made legal in Northern Ireland.

    Indeed and so it comes down to whether, a foetus has to be regarded a person before the law and what rights should come with it. Assuming we dismiss religious grounds for determining what makes a...
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    Re: Brexit - Time to scrap it and start again?

    Ah, that quote is 2 days old?
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