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Oct
5
answered How significant was the US military role during the NATO campaign in Libya?
Oct
4
comment How easy one could start an artel in USSR after WW2 1945-1956?
@T.E.D. Similarly GDP can rise and fall with changed prices at the exchange.
Oct
4
comment How easy one could start an artel in USSR after WW2 1945-1956?
@T.E.D. For GDP it does not matter how much the production costs "on the black market". What means is for what it was sold actually, what was the self-cost or what the wages were paid (depending on the three methods of finding GDP). The same goes for capitalist economy: production of drugs or weapons by a legal enterprise that may cost enormous money on the black market is accounted for only by its legal selling price. Otherwise you should account for enormous price of say nuclear weapons in the black matrket :-)
Oct
4
comment How easy one could start an artel in USSR after WW2 1945-1956?
@T.E.D. I think it is much easier to count GDP in planned economies than in market ones. Of course in the result one comes to different numbers though. One of the methods to count GDP is by summing up the wages. Another method is to count the surplus value.
Oct
2
revised How easy one could start an artel in USSR after WW2 1945-1956?
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Oct
2
answered How easy one could start an artel in USSR after WW2 1945-1956?
Oct
2
comment Which country was the first to separate (Christian) Church from state?
@DJClayworth I do not know whether English monarch is a secular person or not. But note that the church structure can be headed by a secular person as well, this is how it was in Russian Empire where the church was headed by a secular ober-procurator for 300 years.
Oct
2
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
I was not referring to the black market. I was referring to contracts the ghettos administrations signed with German firms. These contracts gave high profits, but the people who lived in ghetto were allowed only a tiny part of it, mostly in the form of food. Still the Reich did not spend a mark for providing food and other supplies to the most of ghettos.
Oct
1
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
"somebody had to starve" - I completely disagree with that. It is well known that Germany did not have any food shortages. It had record-high wheat harvests during the whole war time. Also all Jewish ghettos were commercially successful enterprises that easily could food themselves and make profits.
Oct
1
comment Which country was the first to separate (Christian) Church from state?
@Louis Rhys this is from Wikipedia, "State atheism" article.
Sep
29
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
That there were no extermination camps does not mean that Nazis did not know what to do with Jews yet. They possibly hoped to kill them through traditional way by shooting.
Sep
29
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
You are wrong, the Holocaust already started in 1941 with mass shootings in the USSR. As you should know they shot 33 thousand Jews in Kiev in September 1941, just two weeks after they captured the city.
Sep
28
comment WWI trench tactics using shields?
If you tried to form like this and approach enemy, then just one grenade or shell would kill the entire company, lol. This MAY help against separated bullets, but it is suicide against artillery and machineguns.
Sep
28
asked Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
Sep
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Who is the most ancient Indo-European who is known by name?
Sep
25
comment Which country was the first to separate (Christian) Church from state?
@Brock Adams I cannot name any European or Western power where religious dogmas were ever declared being above state law. Do you know one? At the same time, it is quite common in Muslim world.
Sep
24
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Sep
24
comment What was the origin of religious tolerance in Europe?
There were also plenty of voluntary Christian martyrs. As Wikipedia says, proconsul of Asia, Arrius Antoninus, when confronted with a group of voluntary martyrs during one of his assize tours, sent a few to be executed and snapped at the rest, “If you want to die, you wretches, you can use ropes or precipices.” In fact Christian modus operandi was to harass other cults, provoke a harsh response and suffer martyrdom, this way they believed they became similar to Jesus Christ.
Sep
24
comment What was the origin of religious tolerance in Europe?
@brilliant the requirements to sacrifice to "Ancient gods" was put in place much after Christianity emerged as a response. Christians indeed attacked other temples and harrased the worshipers. There was never requirement to worship Caesar as God (there was a cult of emperors's genius, his personal guardian).
Sep
23
comment Which country was the first to separate (Christian) Church from state?
Secular person is not a synonym to "not baptized person", sorry.