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    [–] How does communism handle things that aren’t strictly “necessary”, but a lot of people like them anyway? RickAndMorty101Years 7 points ago in DebateCommunism

    Thank you! It is my goal to accurately voice the positions of people in a way that they would agree with. Basically following the "Rapoport Rules", if you've heard of them? I'm more into understanding than advocating, though. And my brother is something of an anarcho-syndicalist who has given me things to read and good discussions.

    Yes, with respect to communism I'm probably considered a "liberal". Or even an "Edmund Burke-style conservative". Since my first thought when seeing a practice is to assume it is serving some functions in our complex world and I'm always slow to say "that thing should obviously be gotten rid of." Which is no disposition for a revolutionary to have! Haha.

    [–] Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to let the government manufacture generic drugs RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in politics

    Ah, ok. I thought you were saying that market pressures would make them charge less. My mistake!

    I guess I'd just be skeptical that a good price control could be implemented by regulators. They could easily set the price too high by being manipulated by the company (they fight for $1000/pill when their real goal was $500/pill. End up with $600/pill. Look, we are charging $100 less than we need to. Aren't we so nice?) Or they could set the price too low and cut into the incentive.

    I'm pretty skeptical of price regulations in general, though. Since they require understanding complex things like the demand, production costs, R&D cost, etc. I just would be very cautious about setting up an organization that will probably get it wrong. But I have a libertarian disposition that can be swayed by empirical data, so if there are good examples of this kind of thing being effective, I will look into it.

    [–] Dave Rubin’s recent show with Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson gives you all you need to know about how much Rubin has lost his spine in regards to secularism. RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in samharris

    If someone said Obama was a Communist or that Trump is Hitler, I’m done right there. I need no follow up question to such baboonery statement. Someone who makes those kinds of statements is either lying, unreasonable, or to uniformed to even carry on a conversation.

    I guess I just see a lot of statements like that on Rubin's show. David Horowitz actually said that Obama is a communist. What should Rubin have said to that? Don't you think he should have asked some kind of follow up to that?

    I guess we differ because I wouldn't even write someone off 100% if they say something crazy or seemingly absurd. They may still have insight into certain things. I just want them challenged. I'm a researcher in a very specific field, and I have colleagues say some things that sound absurd or wrong to me. I challenge them when I hear those statements. I don't know if you'd call that debate? This is how I expect intellectual exchange to go: clarification and challenge should always be part of it and something the speaker is fearful and prepared for.

    I mean, Peterson said something along the line of "Sam Harris isn't an atheist because he isn't a murderer. That means he's a Christian." (paraphrasing but I assume you know what I am referencing?) That is absurd, I want it challenged, but it's ok to still talk with him on that and many more topics.

    [–] Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to let the government manufacture generic drugs RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in politics

    Once they have the patent, they are always trying to maximize their income from the patent. They won't reduce the price just because they have a known monopoly longer (according to classical economic models, unless I am missing something here?)

    Year 1, if they can charge $100/pill, they will do that. Same with year 2, 3, etc. Why would they reduce the price if they had it longer? The companies just want to maximize profits.

    [–] How does communism handle things that aren’t strictly “necessary”, but a lot of people like them anyway? RickAndMorty101Years 24 points ago in DebateCommunism

    Not a communist. But my discussions with them lead me to believe that non-essential things will still be produced. Eventually the goal is to have everything that isn't inherently scarce available to all those who desire it. So beer would eventually flow like tap water once we are in a post-scarcity society. Which isn't that crazy as a lot of mass-produced beer pretty much costs as much as tap water to produce already (Blue Moon, Corona, Bud, etc.). Most of the cost is in transportation, I believe.

    Anyway, this still leaves: things that are inherently scarce (ex: Broadway tickets) and things that aren't yet post-scarce (ex: High Quality VR setup). This is handled by work paid for by labor vouchers and voluntary work. You can obviously design and build your own VR setup as long as you don't sell it. Or, the community can vote to pay for the labor with labor vouchers.

    Exactly how the voting and labor vouchers work is up for debate by communists. But, some common features of labor vouchers are that only the person who earns them can use them, they expire, and they can not be used for investments. (Bertrand Russell discusses these in "Proposed Roads to Freedom", if you're interested.) The voting might work by, say, each person getting an equal say in the kind of products they want researched and produced. So maybe 10% of the community decided to vote for 5% of their free resources towards VR systems. Those systems are created and anyone who earned labor vouchers can buy them.

    (Any real communists please let me know if any of this is dramatically wrong. I am trying to understand the system better.)

    [–] Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to let the government manufacture generic drugs RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in politics

    Ah ok. I'm open to seeing the economics on this and a discussion on how they'd work out which patents to buy. Warren's idea sounds like she just want to undermine the patent incentives and give a middle finger to private R&D departments (though, I haven't read the article.)

    >since most drugs are actually very cheap to make per unit, but extremely costly to develop, we end up with an extremely perverse distribution structure

    Yes, I remember reading some research that polled different industries on what percentage of technologies would not have been developed without patents. Most industries were 10% to 20%. But pharmaceuticals averaged something like 75%. So people in the industry believe the majority of new drugs would not be developed without our current patent incentives.

    [–] Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to let the government manufacture generic drugs RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in politics

    Ah ok. I'm a Chemical Engineer but am not too familiar with the business side of the pharmaceutical industry.

    [–] Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to let the government manufacture generic drugs RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in politics

    Sorry, could you explain this a bit more? Increase the patent length but regulate the pricing? Patents are so they don't have to deal with market pressure so the price control would have to be above what the market price would be. And the regulator would have to work that out, which seems like a difficult task. Am I understanding the proposal correctly?

    [–] Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to let the government manufacture generic drugs RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in politics

    Wouldn't pricing regulations defeat the point of patents? You can just reduce the length of patents to reduce drug prices. Though, that will reduce the incentive to create new drugs.

    [–] Dave Rubin’s recent show with Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson gives you all you need to know about how much Rubin has lost his spine in regards to secularism. RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in samharris

    I disagree that all debates outside of your proposed style are "stupid".

    But I'm not even saying "debate". I am saying "as challenging questions and follow up questions to illuminate the person's view." I rarely learn about positions if I don't hear them challenged. And people say the stupidest stuff if they think they can get away with it.

    If someone says "Obama is a communist" or "Trump is a Nazi", those should be strongly challenged and focused on. Dave fails to challenge or followup on such questions when they come from the right. Even though it would be revealing to hear people explain "what do you mean by communist?" or "does Obama support seizing the means of production?"

    [–] With old men being charged with Nazi war crimes committed during WWII many decades later, and the court proceedings being about whether they were a willing participant, could the defendants argue that they knew better than to defy the Führer and pretend to be willing when they knew it was wrong? RickAndMorty101Years 5 points ago in Ask_Politics

    I'm trying to remember the source on this. But I remember that there are some interesting historical documents that show certain scenarios where there is no doubt at all that that was not the case.

    There was one story where the soldiers were order to kill a town of civilian Jewish people. The officers allowed any one of their soldier to be relieved of this command, but almost none of them took the officers up on it. They also showed a lot of signs of knowing what they were doing was wrong (depressed moods, heavy drinking). So I believe that there are many cases where execution or severe punishment for disobeying orders was highly unlikely.

    There's also evidence like that seen in "Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil" where Eichmann was sending loads of people to their deaths at an incredible rate even though it was obvious the war was lost and Germany was soon to fall.

    Sorry, need to collect my sources on this. But just trying to say that people can try to claim "I effectively had a gun to my head" but there are a lot of cases where context highly undermines those arguments. Not even sure how relevant those arguments in court.

    [–] How inaccurate would the gps location on my phone be if time dilation was not considered in the trilateration calculation RickAndMorty101Years 11 points ago * (lasted edited 8 hours ago) in AskScienceDiscussion

    It wouldn't be accurate at all if you ignored time dilation for too long. It's a compounding error of around 40 microseconds per day. Which in length terms would be around 10 km/day (according to some of the sources I am seeing. Not sure all the numbers used in this estimation.).

    [–] Photo of the JRE studio from an uncommon angle RickAndMorty101Years 4 points ago in JoeRogan

    Jamie, pull up that weirdly angled photo of the JRE podcast.

    [–] “I feel sorry for your kind”, a quote from a co-worker. RickAndMorty101Years -2 points ago in TwoXChromosomes

    I hate when people disrespect cleaning people. My father is a janitor and I grew up helping him on certain jobs. It made me a much cleaner person and respectful of the work. I agree that cleaners deserve more respect. At my job a lot of us try to learn some of their names and say "thank you" when they're passing through to clean.

    Related: did anyone listen to the recently "The Daily" podcast on an undocumented housekeeper who worked for Trump? It was so sad. She seemed really proud and happy with her work and things abruptly changed once the campaign started.

    [–] Gamers of Reddit, which games have aged really well? RickAndMorty101Years 2 points ago in AskReddit

    I got really good at getting an intuitive sense of the hitboxes of all the characters and moves in the first one. I can still beat a lot of people easily in that game. But I tried melee a few times and was terrible as all those things change, haha.

    I get that original is broken, but I still have a soft spot for it.

    [–] Gamers of Reddit, which games have aged really well? RickAndMorty101Years 7 points ago in AskReddit

    I forget what element it was, but Videogamedunkey claims that one modification to it makes one of those the best shooter of all time. (He mentions this in his "remasters" video. Need to watch it later to remember.)

    [–] Gamers of Reddit, which games have aged really well? RickAndMorty101Years 5 points ago in AskReddit

    I like it more than Ocarina. I got so much closer to all the characters. And I loved the feeling of impending doom.

    [–] Gamers of Reddit, which games have aged really well? RickAndMorty101Years 1 points ago in AskReddit

    A lot of games that weren't trying for realistic human faces: Portal, Wind Waker, Banjo Kazooie.

    [–] Dave Rubin’s recent show with Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson gives you all you need to know about how much Rubin has lost his spine in regards to secularism. RickAndMorty101Years 4 points ago in samharris

    If he has A BLM guest, who would you recommend?

    He's not exclusively a BLM guy, but Thomas Smith. He's pretty biased honestly, but is great at putting points out there. There's also Sam Seder, Michael Brooks, Rebecca Traister, Ezra Klein, and a lot more for left-commentators in general. (TBH, a lot of those people annoy the hell out of me a lot of the time. But so do all the Shapiro types.)

    Honestly, it would be pretty revealing of Dave if he really is just a "Larry King type" or if he will defend his principles when they are challenged. Will Dave just nod his head when someone says "America is a racist country because of x, y, z" or "we live in a rape culture"?

    I mean, are there any episodes where Dave talks with the "crazy radical left" that he rails against all the time? It's crazy to me that he never talks with his enemies. All I are things like "See I'm finally talking with a feminist... about how crazy the campus lefties are!", "Look a gay guy... who hates trans people.", etc.