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Eric Paul Jacobsen

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  • Why the White Working Class Rebelled: Neoliberalism is Killing Them (Literally)
    • No, not "due to imported workers."

      There is no reason to employ imported workers in place of native workers unless you can pay the imported workers less, work them harder, or respect them less. The only reason employers get away with doing this is because we foolishly ration work permits, thereby creating a class of undocumented workers who are too frightened to complain when they are underpaid and mistreated. The only reasons why we foolishly ration work permits are (1) xenophobia and (2) the ridiculous notion that foreign workers come to our country demanding to be cheated and exploited.

      It is not possible to have "too many workers" as long as demand on the general market keeps up with the supply. If demand fails to keep up with supply, then businesses may indeed not sell enough to afford to hire more workers. But we can easily help demand keep up with supply: Simply pay workers, both foreign and native, more.

      It would help if we had a stronger union movement and weaker xenophobia.

  • The Violent Christian West should drop Islamophobia and work on itself
    • Eric Paul Jacobsen 09/07/2016 at 5:31 pm

      I have sympathy with some rational and even spiritual perspectives, but Johan Galtung's rational and spiritual musings could use a heavier dose of empiricism in general, and of materialism in particular. It seems never to have occurred to Galtung that political and economic circumstances might influence religious faith and practice more than the other way round, and that these circumstances might account for the differences between the so-called West and the so-called Islamic world more than religious precepts.

  • Donald "Dr. Strangelove" Trump and some of the Times We almost had a Nuclear War
    • Eric Paul Jacobsen 08/04/2016 at 3:28 pm

      'I have long wondered why no one in Hollywood has remade Stanley Kubricks’s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove: Or How I learned to Stop worrying and Love the Bomb.” They’ve remade almost everything else from the 1960s, but that classic Peter Sellers film languishes in black and white and I’m not sure most Millennials have seen it.'

      I share the views of others who have already cautioned against trying to improve upon perfection. What I have to add is that "Dr. Strangelove" is not in any way "languishing" and cannot possibly be unknown to Millennials. Any young person who takes a film course is likely to see it. Any young person who has access to the Internet will see "Dr. Strangelove" sooner or later.

      The question that I have is whether Donald Trump has ever seen this film. After all, he was born in 1946, and "Dr. Strangelove" came out in 1964, so he's had five decades since he was 18 to see this movie.

      To those commenters who can't stop reminding us of the flaws of the Democratic Party in general and of Hillary Clinton in particular, I would like to point out that there is a long, long way you can go as a military hawk before you will contemplate using nuclear weapons. If you are afraid that Mrs. Clinton is going to start a nuclear war, you are not only paranoid, but your paranoia needs to get its priorities straight. The next opportune time to criticize Mrs. Clinton – rightly – for her hawkishness will be AFTER she is safely elected President, not before.

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