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Apr
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comment What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
@sbi Absolutely. I've been reading John Reed's "Ten Days that Shook the World", and he goes into great detail on the conflict between the mensheviks and so-called moderate socialists against the bolsheviks. This goes back to the concern of having to proceed through each "historical stage" as the former factions felt that Russia needed to complete a (bourg.) political revolution before proceeding to a (comm.)social revolution. Yet, in the face of the reactionary pressure on the Petrograd Soviet by the cadets, the mensheviks declared they would not support the former in repressing the latter.
Apr
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comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
@sbi I would argue that most countries are not formed on genocide per se. Many are founded on war, and I would argue that the European settlers simply had such an advantage due to technology (and disease) to turn a territorial war into a genocide. While the settlers motive may not have been morally justified to many of us, it is unfortunately a common human impulse to consider one's own supposed cultural superiority to be justification for oppression and war.
Apr
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comment What happens after a widespread social chaos?
@Russell I don't see that in what I have written. I do mention the need for establishing a "system of just governance". What this means is entirely dependent on the specific political desires of a population. In the west (such as revolutionary France) political freedom is typically a central component of such desires. The point is less what type of government is formed but if it is responsive to the demands of its people.
Apr
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revised What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
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revised What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
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revised What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
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revised What was Lenin's major criticism of or differences with Marx?
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Apr
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answered What were the operating principles of Japan's MITI during the 1950s and 60s?
Apr
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comment Has mercantilism ever been successful?
Your question seems to be coming from a very American perspective of economics, its particularly evident from the quote "An overwhelming majority of mainstream economists view trade restrictions as a net loss to society", in which you are noting a 2006 study from ONLY American economists. The truth is that this is not the predominant view of ALL economists and is mostly based on the very politicized cold war atmosphere that American economics developed in. I would note that US economists regularly ignore similar US manipulations of trade. I do appreciate that you are questioning this.
Apr
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comment How would slaves have addressed their masters in Ancient Greece?
Welcome to the site Onion. Great work on your first answer, but there are some points which might lead to improving your answer here. To go off what previous posters have noted there are differences between modern Greek and ancient Greek (I'm certainly not an expert on this, but I do believe the difference is quite vast). Is the reference you are using in the connotation of King? Also is the reference a modern Greek translation of the odyssey or an ancient writing (I also am not aware if there are any as I don't believe Homer wrote any of his works, although I could be wrong on this).
Mar
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accepted What was the response of the general Iranian public to the modernization policies of Reza Shah?
Mar
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answered What was the response of the general Iranian public to the modernization policies of Reza Shah?
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comment Why are many African nations poor?
@AlainPannetier it is referenced in the last sentence of the second paragraph, I just didn't go into detail. +1 for making JD's argument more clear!
Mar
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revised Is the Cold War still going on?
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Mar
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comment Is the Cold War still going on?
Your answer takes all the often quite varying forms of socialist philosophy, and even progressive liberal ones, and assumes that not only are they equivalent, but that any government that can be said to be guided by any of these "left" philosophies is an automatic enemy of the US. Your answer is quite invalid in terms of factual basis as the US has not only been allies with left European governments, but had a close alliance with the Ba'ath party in Iraq (going so far as to provide chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein) and were seeking to normalize relations with Libya before the revolution.
Mar
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revised In Battle of Zama, how did Hannibal's use of war elephants lead to a Roman Victory?
The question title is a little vague. The question is really focused on the use of elephants in this battle and the title should reflect that.
Mar
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comment Is the Cold War still going on?
@Sardathrion, I agree with DVK. I see the term "cold war" as more of a euphemism for something more difficult to define: a series of what would have been otherwise isolated regional conflicts if not for the interference of the two major world powers at the time. This kind of conflict is totally unlike a "hot" war in the fact that the latter have more easily stated goals and determinable outcomes. Yes, there was an ideological dimension, and arguably the cold war is over. However, elements of the conflict remain with no real ideological "winner" due to the complexity of both concepts.
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