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    [–] Newspoll - LNP 49 (+1), ALP 51 (-1) Leadback 2 points ago in australia

    For Labor to be within the margin of error is an indictment on their limp lettuce of a leader. There is a Royal Commission going on that was more or less achieved by an opposition. Their lacklustre performance isn’t down to policy, we can all see that.

    [–] Newspoll - LNP 49 (+1), ALP 51 (-1) Leadback 7 points ago in australia

    Let’s see if all the people telling me Bill Shorten isn’t a recurrent drag on Labor’s 2PP vote chime in. Any second now.

    [–] Mods are asleep, Upvote Charlie Leadback 2 points ago in The_Dennis

    Now, are you gonna let me fill you up or what?

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 3 points ago in australia

    So having to pay for your own education is in the same category as climate change? I think it's funny how people that bitch about boomers and their economic mismanagement also bitch about having to pay for non-compulsory education.

    Seeing as how the boomers took the spoilers of polluting the environment and warming the planet to enrich their generation, and ensured tertiary education was free for themselves but made the subsequent students pay for it... not sure how you're doing anything but proving my point.

    Interesting how you moved the goalposts from "no generation has ever been worse off than their parents before" to "okay, but that didn't suck as much as the boomers0rz".

    I moved nothing. That remains the case.

    And what are the post-boomers doing about it? Absolutely nothing that the boomers aren't.

    Oh yeah. One demographic in the Western world reliably votes for conservative parties that undermine, delay and prevent action on climate change - the demographic that, more than any other, voted en masse for a US president who describes the phenomena as a Chinese hoax and for a Coalition in Australia that repealed the carbon tax. Meanwhile the youth are heavily slanted towards parties that recognise climate change exists and want to address it.

    So, sure, the boomers are only doing everything they can short of opening their own oil refineries to delay action.

    You need to stop seeing the current problems we're facing as "generational problems" and start seeing them as "human problems".

    I love this meme. It dishonestly tries to downplay the generational marriage of boomers to climate change denial (and surging economic inequality as well, mind you). The Greatest Generation truly bestowed upon the world the worst fucking generation in modern history.

    Or do you think the world is going to get better when the boomers die out? Not long now....

    Oh no! What will the world look like without boomers electing Donald Trump as president, holding onto their negatively-gearing properties and tax concessions for super while the youth can't even enjoy stable or cheap renting, voting for endless war in the Middle East, for events and politicians that want to ethnically cleanse or murder foreigners, and for a hundred other vile and toxic things that serve their own selfish desires? However shall we cope once these enlightened souls shuffle off the mortal coil?

    I readily admit I've had a good life so far and I say this with conviction: fuck the boomers. They have left us a boiling planet to inherit.

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 1 points ago in australia

    Subsistence farming on the edge of poverty doesn’t change much when the only technological development genuinely relevant to you was the introduction of the plough two hundred years ago.

    Crop yields, on average, have gotten higher and higher, no?

    And there certainly no tangible and consistent increases for generation upon generation—the very concept of it was alien to intellectual discourse. Quality of life rise and fell with political stability more than anything else. Roman citizens living during Pax Romana in the second century were almost unquestionably better off than every generation in the region for the next five hundred years.

    Political stability is variable and irrelevant to the advancement of human civilisation as a whole. You may as well say modern Africa was better under colonialism than the present day given the Central African Republic, Somalia and other failed states. Those people are still living longer, eating healthier and are wealthier on average despite that lack of political stability.

    There’s still a strong point to be made here about industrial and post-industrial countries. But it requires nuance. I don’t see you having the credibility to provide that when you’re making such vast and fanciful generalisations about all of human history—particularly when you seem to have no basis to comment on it beyond “everyone knows it’s true.”

    Even if you restrict the field to 'modern civilisation,' the continuous improvement for the next generation has been arrested by the imminent catastrophe of climate change.

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 2 points ago in australia

    The idea of linear progress over time is one of the greatest pieces of rubbish to come out of the last three centuries

    The evidence for material increases in lifestyle for each successive generation is obvious and universally understood. World pandemics and wars do not change that fact. More to the point, the absence of such things today (on an equivalent scale) make what the boomers have done worse, not better. They can't blame a Spanish Flu or a World War II for their best efforts in impoverishing and robbing Gen X and Gen Y of their future, with climate change as the undefeatable trump card.

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 2 points ago in australia

    That's not shortening my claim, that's specifically refuting his post-WW2. Human history has been the subject of a continuous rise in living standards thanks to first agricultural, then medicinal, then technological advances. I posted that article to counter the fallacious 'muh WW2' counter-argument.

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 5 points ago in australia

    Nice, so the boomers achieved a feat that only the Great Leap Forward could otherwise produce?

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 9 points ago in australia

    I just gave you a bunch of reasons why things are better now, and still you pretend you're worse off.

    I'm at the same level as, or better off than, my parents were at equivalent stages in their life. I have no complaints with my life so far, but among millennials my story is an exception or definitely not the norm, and I still have tens of thousands in HECS which will take me a decade or so to pay off.

    Do you really, honestly believe that the generation that fought WWI and suffered through the Spanish Flu (which itself killed 5% of the world's population) was better off than the generation before? There was a brief boom time for some nations in the '20s, followed by a crushing depression and then another incredibly destructive war.

    So the boomers are in the same category as World War I and the Spanish Flu - that is, making their children worse off. Nice!

    You really need to drop that victim complex, because there have been plenty of generations that were worse off than their previous ones. And you're not really worse off anyway - there are plenty of ways in which you're better off. Here's another one: have you ever had to risk conscription, to be forced to go off and fight in a strange land?

    Has any other generation inherited a world heating up so rapidly that modern civilisation will be incompatible with several increasingly more realistic projections of the future? Once you take in the planetary, existential threat of climate change, all other concerns are trumped (since unlike global nuclear war climate change has happened and is happening).

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 6 points ago in australia

    If anything it's occurred during World War II. And putting in outlier events like a world war (or the Black Plague) actually makes boomers look worse, not better, since they have wrought upon us destruction comparable to catastrophic world events.

    [–] We're starting to give up on the ideal of Australia as a nation of equals Leadback 31 points ago in australia

    Just because there's a wealth disparity that's increased a bit

    Funny way of phrasing the likelihood that the post-baby boomer generations (X and Y) will be the first generations in human history to be worse off than the one that preceded it.

    [–] Kangaroo dies in Chinese zoo after visitors throw rocks 'to make it hop' Leadback 13 points ago in australia

    To be fair, not many countries go through a world war, a civil war, a Great Leap Forward, a Cultural Revolution, a Tiananmen Square and now Mao 2.0 (while trying to reconcile all of that with 5,000+ years of culture and history that has been supplanted) and come out of it with a healthy culture. It's similar to British cultural delusions that led to Brexit.

    [–] Mike Pompeo, C.I.A. Director, Met With Kim Jong-un Over Easter Leadback 1 points ago in politics

    Who said he was acting in the capacity of the Secretary of State? James Clapper went to North Korea in 2014 as Director of National Intelligence.

    [–] Mike Pompeo, C.I.A. Director, Met With Kim Jong-un Over Easter Leadback -2 points ago in politics

    This is nonsense. Trump has the prerogative to send staff to meet with Kim Jong-un, just like Obama sent Clapper to North Korea and corresponded with Ayatollah Khamenei in secret during the nuclear negotiations.

    [–] The Greens will introduce a bill to legalise recreational cannabis Leadback 2 points ago in australia

    Can’t believe nobody took their policy seriously, wedged between their abolish the Reserve Bank bill and their legalise recreational nukes bill.

    [–] The Greens will introduce a bill to legalise recreational cannabis Leadback 11 points ago in australia

    As a libertarian you should support the tobacco tax since it saves the state expenditure on healthcare.

    [–] The Greens will introduce a bill to legalise recreational cannabis Leadback 36 points ago in australia

    If you think progress in this country is a matter of such trifling things as policies 'making sense' logically, reasonably or with evidence, then you haven't been paying attention for a long time.

    [–] The Greens will introduce a bill to legalise recreational cannabis Leadback 167 points ago in australia

    Smooth way of transitioning from their party name being historically related to the environment.