Dustin Booth

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Dustin Booth
Posted 9 months ago
Pia Mancini: How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era
I think this is a step in the right direction but even if we actually fix our "democracy" we will still need to regulate the sway big advertising has over public beliefs. I'm so tired of seeing ads push agendas without any regulation. As long as this is able to continue, allowing citizens to decide on policy would still be a facade, allowing big business to push agendas at their whim.
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Dustin Booth
Posted over 1 year ago
Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action
He also made a much of ridiculous generalizations in his post. Of course I agree children born into a wealthy family have an advantage; I just maintain that the biggest advantage they have is having parents capable of teaching their children how to succeed. If your parents deliver the mail to pay the bills, they are not good role models for being financially successful. Children learn from what you tell them as well as how you behave.
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Dustin Booth
Posted over 1 year ago
Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action
Disagree with everything you said. Wealth comes to those who work the hardest. Children of wealthy parents learned you have to work hard if you want to succeed. Poor out number the rich and control the vote. Who is the harder worker determines who is hired and who is fired.
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Dustin Booth
Posted over 1 year ago
Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
Saying "I don't know" about believing in Santa isn't wise, it's kinda the opposite. When you get to the point where God is about as plausible as Santa, you can say "There is no God."
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Dustin Booth
Posted almost 2 years ago
Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
No, atheism does not have an answer to those questions. Atheism has an answer to exactly one question: Is there a god? No. Enjoy your balls, we enjoy honestly.
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Dustin Booth
Posted almost 2 years ago
Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0
Hmm, sounds like you're on your way to atheism. "I don't know" is just a step you go through in realizing that there is no god. It will feel good when you finally have the courage to admit to yourself that god isn't real.
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Dustin Booth
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why does the Western world think democracy is a magical, catch all solution?
Because they are under the illusion that democracy means responsible government. Unfortunately when all parties you have to choose from are taking graft to fund the advertising campaign that puts them in power you have no vote that can save you from corrupt, inept and irresponsible people getting into power. And then they have the gull to say "if you don't vote, you're part of the problem." How about "if I don't rally the citizens and incite a revolution, I'm part of the problem?" I feel like the tipping point is fast approaching in United States.
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Dustin Booth
Posted almost 2 years ago
How we can reduce poverty and inequality in developing countries?
It really depends on your measure of success. The economy is going to do better under a free market if we're talking about GDP but if you want a country where there isn't a large portion of your population in poverty you really need equalization measures in place. You can achieve this by having some or all of people's needs provided for by the state. In Canada we have free health care and people who are in a bad situation can get financial assistance from the government. There's also minimum wages to further help the lower class. I think giving less money but providing more of people's basic needs is a good solution. Nobody wants to just live, they will still strive to improve their lives but if everyone is provided a safe place to sleep, a doctor if they are sick and a meal if they are hungry it limits how bad things can get. Also progressive taxes help even the playing field. If you only make minimum wage in Canada you pay almost no taxes while people who earn more pay as much as 37%. I won't say Canada has the best economy or the smallest lower class but we're doing pretty good.