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I have no PhD, I am almost entirely self taught. I like physics, but I think the professionals are, for the most part, completely incompetent. I have a lot of my own personal theories about physics which I like to spread online. I am unemployed and not by choice. Despite this, I consider myself to be the next Isaac Newton.


Sep
16
comment How much of the success of the Soviet forces in WWII can be attributed to the modernization efforts enacted by the Soviet/Bolshevik leadership?
@FelixGoldberg: The industrialization under Stalin was in two five year plans, and was complete in 10 years. There is no way in heck to do this without a command economy, it's the only thing command economies are proven to do quickly and well, industrialize a pre-industrial economy. They did this is Russia, in China, and in Yugoslavia.
Nov
3
comment Who was the last US president who did not start a war?
What was Carter's war?
Nov
3
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Mar
29
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
@Anixx: I don't think ancient Christianity permitted Christians to own Christian slaves, but I might be wrong.
Mar
29
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
This is indeed the first statement of universal Christian rights, but it required you to be Christian! It excluded pagans and Jews, and later Muslims. Muslims only excluded Pagans. The only difference is today we include everybody.
Mar
29
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
This is a terrible answer, since the Bible specifically presents these Noahide laws as an reduced subset of laws which are generally applicable to all people. Jews are required to follow a more detailed law. The Noahide laws do not advocate equality, just the opposite, they advocate that Jews have special rights and privileges towards each other than toward non-Jews. The universal faith, which made no such discriminations, is Catholicism, but it considered Jews heretics. Islam considered pagans unworthy. It is only the enlightenement philosophy that gave us universal rights.
Mar
29
comment Has a foreign power ever sought to compel another country to abide by international law by means of that country's internal judiciary?
@Anixx: In colonial circumstances this happens. The Native American nations brought suit against the U.S. in U.S. courts, and Palestinians routinely sue for rights infringement and contract enfringement or property violation in Israeli courts (sometimes successfully, sometimes not). I am not sure if these entities are sufficiently differentiated to be considered countries, or just internally separated nationalities.
Mar
29
comment Is the claim that Hitler came to power democratically justified?
It is well known that the Nazis set the Reichstag fire, I don't know why anyone would contest this.
Mar
29
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@Anixx: By "liberal" I assume you mean "economic liberal", or what would be called "conservative" in the U.S. Liberals in the sense of leftists, generally understood that Fascism was the opposite of Communism, and designed to stop it in the face of pressure from lower-classes for massive state meddling in the economy.
Mar
29
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