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by Sertorio
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: History of Europe
Replies: 36
Views: 13408

Re: History of Europe

I of course agree "that the Roman Empire in its heyday was quite an advanced entity" (duh). Who is judging it badly? In Roman times there was Roman exceptionalism, in our times some people claim there is an American exceptionalism. In the not so far future people will laugh about the self-decreed e...
by Sertorio
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: History of Europe
Replies: 36
Views: 13408

Re: History of Europe

I of course agree "that the Roman Empire in its heyday was quite an advanced entity" (duh). Who is judging it badly? In Roman times there was Roman exceptionalism, in our times some people claim there is an American exceptionalism. In the not so far future people will laugh about the self-decreed e...
by Sertorio
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?
Replies: 29
Views: 8915

Re: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?

I clipped it out because one doesn't treat workers well - paying them what is fair - for the sake of a firm's bottom line, to increase their productivity or to satisfy customers. One pays them fairly because they contribute to the value added to the product and thus deserve being paid fairly. Just ...
by Sertorio
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: History of Europe
Replies: 36
Views: 13408

Re: History of Europe

You missed Izzrdgrll's point, neverfail. ""The problem with the Roman Empire was its misunderstanding and misuse of human potential." This was only resolved ("still not a finished project") by the achievements of Americans (it began with Ben Franklin and hasn't yet ended). Hence - American Exceptio...
by Sertorio
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: History of Europe
Replies: 36
Views: 13408

Re: History of Europe

Returning to John Carl Nelson's book Historical Atlas of the Eight Billion , the author provides compare-at-a-glance statistical tables which show percentages of world population for various regions in each time period mapped and the really striking thing is that: 1. Over the last 5000 years South ...
by Sertorio
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?
Replies: 29
Views: 8915

Re: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?

The purpose of a factory is to manufacture goods, not jobs. Labour is a source of cost to the firm, and pretending otherwise isn't conducive to reality. Right. Machines are also a source of cost to the firm. Would it be smart to reduce costs by saving on the lubricating oil needed to the working of...
by Sertorio
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: History of Europe
Replies: 36
Views: 13408

Re: History of Europe

The problem with the Roman Empire was its misunderstanding and misuse of human potential, which ultimately took many centuries to resolve *.....'>...... * Still not a finished project BTW....... Are we to understand that American exceptionalism is the solution to the misunderstanding and misuse of ...
by Sertorio
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?
Replies: 29
Views: 8915

Re: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?

The purpose of a factory is to manufacture goods, not jobs. Labour is a source of cost to the firm, and pretending otherwise isn't conducive to reality. Right. Machines are also a source of cost to the firm. Would it be smart to reduce costs by saving on the lubricating oil needed to the working of...
by Sertorio
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?
Replies: 29
Views: 8915

Re: What is the difference between an Indian slum and a Brazilian one?

I suppose most people - including socialists - will recognize that private initiative is a good thing, as far as a means to create wealth. What concerns socialists are the excesses that go together with such private initiative. Too many entrepeneurs see labour as a source of cost to the firm, and re...
by Sertorio
Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:01 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Australian government bungles foreign policy chasing votes.
Replies: 75
Views: 17156

Re: Australian government bungles foreign policy chasing votes.

Then why do ledtists like yourself support undemocratic regimes like Putin’s government where political opponents are killed. You should have understood by now that I do not give a damn about Putin or his regime. The only thing that I am interested in is Putin's ability and willingness to stop US i...