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    [–] Tom Hanks: 'If you're concerned about what's going on today, read history' slash196 1 points ago in politics

    The United States wasn't the only country with slavery. Most of them didn't need to fight a war to end it.

    While true, that doesn't mean that the South would have abandoned slavery voluntarily. After it was wrenched from their hands, they went about reconstructing nearly every element of it they could, from civil rights restrictions to segregation to nearly indentured servitude (sharecropping) to prison labor. They WANTED slavery.

    [–] Tom Hanks: 'If you're concerned about what's going on today, read history' slash196 1 points ago in politics

    If you have a massive stock of human chattel, I imagine you'd find some way to put it to use somewhere else in the value chain.

    [–] Tom Hanks: 'If you're concerned about what's going on today, read history' slash196 2 points ago in politics

    Slavery in one form or another probably would've existed until the 1940s, because it wasn't until then that agricultural machines eliminated the need for large amounts of labor for crops like cotton.

    Improving the efficiency of cotton production didn't reduce the demand for slaves before that. The cotton gin led to a massive increase in demand for slave labor in the cotton fields, not a decrease.

    [–] Tom Hanks: 'If you're concerned about what's going on today, read history' slash196 8 points ago in politics

    The only problem I have is that "what if the Confederacy had won the war" isn't really alternate history. They kept their systems of social control, they wrote the history books, they erected monuments to their heroes...

    [–] Tom Hanks: 'If you're concerned about what's going on today, read history' slash196 2 points ago in politics

    I'm convinced the Civil War would not have occurred without the slavery issue.

    This was how literally everyone viewed the Civil War, even the Founders, who failed to solve the issue and more or less figured it would result in a civil war. It was obvious that the conflict wouldn't be resolved peacefully. The idea that slavery had nothing to do with the civil war was cooked up decades later, after defending slavery directly became untenable.

    The only halfway reasonable argument that the "states rights/way of lifers" ever have to proffer is that most confederate soldiers were not slaveholders, as if personally owning slaves was the only reason a white man might have to fight to preserve slavery. Thomas Jefferson himself saw it clearly - slavery was like holding a wolf by the ears. You didn't much want to keep it but you didn't dare let it go. Southern whites were basically convinced that they had to keep the black population subjugated or, since they were hilariously outnumbered, they would BE subjugated by the blacks. This fear of usurpation is possibly the oldest continuous social anxiety in American history, persisting of course to this day.

    [–] Five former presidents are raising money for hurricane relief. Trump is playing golf. slash196 1 points ago in politics

    It's an academic issue anyway, since history and the general public has judged him as guilty, and the pardon was seen as confirming that, he's guilty as far as it makes any difference.

    [–] Five former presidents are raising money for hurricane relief. Trump is playing golf. slash196 101 points ago in politics

    Bingo. Trump is totally politically isolated. Also, Nixon was forced to resign under threat of certain impeachment, and in accepting the pardon officially admitted guilt. THAT'S what Ford wanted when he offered Nixon a pardon: Nixon to officially come out to the nation and admit what he'd done.

    [–] Trump screening of U.S. attorney candidates unheard-of slash196 3 points ago in politics

    Oh my god I can't wait to hear the tape of Carter Page wired up and snitching like a bitch.

    [–] Trump screening of U.S. attorney candidates unheard-of slash196 30 points ago in politics

    , trump jr admitting he honestly tried but fail at collusion

    The fuck do you mean FAIL. he SAID he failed. LITERALLY EVERYTHING ELSE HE'S SAID ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN A LIE. Yet now he's suddenly coming clean? Yeah fucking right.

    [–] Full video of Frederica Wilson's 2015 FBI speech shows John Kelly got it wrong slash196 3 points ago in politics

    Republican VOTERS are people you disagree with. Republican POLITICIANS are all massive pieces of shit. I mean, you'd have to be, wouldn't you?

    [–] The blood on George W Bush's hands will never dry. Don't glorify this man | Ross Barkan slash196 9 points ago in politics

    I am no fan of HW but if he was the worst the Republican Party had to offer we would be in good shape. Sadly, he might be the best.

    [–] Presidential Executive Order Amending Executive Order 13223 slash196 2 points ago in politics

    If Trump really tries to kick off a war, I hope to GOD our Congress will finally step up and stop him, and then impeach him. You're article one of the constitution for god's sake, act like it.

    [–] Breaking News: Florida man visits California for the first time. Reaches orbit. slash196 2 points ago in trees

    No argument there, but A'dam is no longer on the cutting edge of weed capitalism. Which is a shame, really.

    [–] Quaker oatmeal advertises 35% less sugar, but in reality they're just selling 35% smaller portions - but for the same price. slash196 1 points ago in mildlyinfuriating

    Yeah no. There are strict laws about these types of claims. The box is a clusterfuck of facts and figures because of said laws. You can't just find some sneaky-ass way of selling old wine in new skins and put it on a shelf - misleading claims are a great way to lose a lawsuit.

    [–] Perfectly imperfect slash196 6 points ago in comics

    My life, but with the fridge door instead.

    [–] Breaking News: Florida man visits California for the first time. Reaches orbit. slash196 16 points ago in trees

    Don't buy pre-rolls unless they're specifically marked as "pure", they mix it with some sort of stank-ass smoking herb otherwise. Edibles aren't regulated so the doses are almost always a lie, fewer and fewer places are even selling them because the manufacturers basically rip you off. Amsterdam is no longer the weed capital of the world, but in every other respect it's one of the coolest cities in the world, so leave room in your schedule for all the other great things about it.

    [–] President Trump Is Once Again Sweating About 'The Dossier' slash196 16 points ago in politics

    It's so totally consistent with his behavior that it would be a bigger surprise if it DIDN'T exist.

    [–] Russian invasion? Roy Moore sees spike in Twitter followers from land of Putin slash196 14 points ago in politics

    There has been so much focus on the direct Russian ad buys that the social manipulation operations of actual people directing networks of bots has been overlooked.

    I have data on Facebook users, so I know exactly who is receptive to my message - I shoot out friend requests, hook a few into my network, then amp up my "human" posts with my bot network of likes, stuffing my message into my new friend in Wisconsin's feed, and if THEY like it, then I'm now stuffing my news into THEIR friend's feeds. Now I have the seed of a disinformation network. And Facebook is specifically built to encourage this kind of stuff.

    The news feed really kind of destroyed the old facebook and replaced it with something utterly different and much worse.

    [–] Russian invasion? Roy Moore sees spike in Twitter followers from land of Putin slash196 2 points ago in politics

    Moore’s team says they want to know why.

    I'm shocked, shocked to find the international white supremacist movement interested in my campaign.