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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


Aug
25
comment What did the word 'unconstitutional' mean to Americans prior to the Revolution?
Macroeconomics was invented by Keynes in the 20th century; Parliament in the 18th century didn't have access to macroeconomic theory. Mike Duncan's podcast does a pretty good job of covering the hypocrisy of the Colonists on taxation. I think I've dragged out a conversation in comments beyond what is wise; if you're interested in the topic, let's move this to a new question.
Aug
25
comment APUSH — Identities of Indigenous Peoples
What is "APUSH"?
Aug
24
comment What did the word 'unconstitutional' mean to Americans prior to the Revolution?
The second comment however is less useful; judgement of the past interferes with understanding the past.
Aug
24
comment What did the word 'unconstitutional' mean to Americans prior to the Revolution?
All of the things you suggest @Broseph are true from modern eyes; remember that macroeconomics simply didn't exist at the time, and contemporary economic theory was ill prepared to confront the questions.
Aug
24
comment What did the word 'unconstitutional' mean to Americans prior to the Revolution?
Rather a fascinating question in that it reveals some interesting varieties of constitution.
Aug
24
revised Have economic sanctions prevented or inhibited wars?
changed title to question to clarify question; omitted request for speculation at the end - speculation is not history.
Aug
24
comment Have economic sanctions prevented or inhibited wars?
Example questions tend to generate more argument than education; this may be an exception to the rule. I'm going to edit to make the title a question so that it is clearer what you're asking.
Aug
24
reviewed Leave Open Why is the Stamp Act of 1765 known as a “direct tax?”
Aug
23
revised What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
added 2 characters in body
Aug
23
reviewed Reviewed What legal or moral mechanism ensured Stalin's grip on power?
Aug
23
comment What legal or moral mechanism ensured Stalin's grip on power?
This answer relies too much on emotional assertions and analogies. I don't think it is prima facie wrong, but I won't be convinced until I see research.
Aug
23
reviewed Leave Open Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
Aug
23
comment Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
I think that it is possible (someone more schooled than I) to discuss Tito's role in the creation of Yugoslavia, and potentially to discuss the forces that argued for and against Czechoslovakia. One hint might be that I think many of the decisions were made by people who were employed by strong central governments and preferred to deal with strong central governments. There really isn't a strong constituency for ethnic tribalism in international relations (or anywhere else).
Aug
22
comment Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
I could argue that Rome most definitely went through a feudal period implicitly where governors carried out the will of the Emperor, and then explicitly when the Empire was split into administrative districts and dioceses.
Aug
22
comment Has feudalism been a programmed event for nations in the past?
What is "feudalism"? What is "programmed"? if you mean "is there a period in most states where power is consolidated in the center but partially devolved to local agents?" then the answer is probably "yes", but you've abstracted the question to "What are techniques to control a state larger than your attention".
Aug
22
comment What legal or moral mechanism ensured Stalin's grip on power?
Re: the edit; only the living cast votes. Those who failed to assure Stalin that their votes would support Stalin were "elected" to the house of the dead, where their votes didn't count. Stalin practiced what Glen Cook called "preemptive revenge".
Aug
22
comment Was the Italian campaign a strategic mistake?
This is a good example of a question that educates as well as inquires. I'd upvote if the assertions were linked to references/research.
Aug
22
comment What were the Japanese defenses for an allied invasion of Kyushu?
I would upvote if the assertions in the first paragraph were linked to resources. This is an great example of a question that can educate even if it is never answered.
Aug
22
reviewed Reviewed Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
Aug
22
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
These assertions would have been more valuable if they'd been backed up by research/citations.