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Citadel Tavern / Re: Capitalism is the new Feudalism
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on March 02, 2015, 12:40:58 PM »
Why, yes.
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Capitalism is the new Feudalism
« Last post by Scrasamax on March 02, 2015, 12:35:55 PM »
The government is owned by the well funded special interests, and they are selling us the illusion of success.
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Capitalism is the new Feudalism
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on March 02, 2015, 12:15:32 PM »
Barack Obama's mother had a PhD, and his father served in the Kenyan Government. That is not very humble. That is upper middle class, with the ability to educate your kids whatever way you choose.

He may be the President of the United States, but he is hardly filthy rich and he is hardly calling the shots. Have you seent he way the light in his eyes have extinguished? Do you think that is because he is fine and dandy with he way his vision of change is working out?

No: The only difference between feudalism and capitalism, is that in a capitalist democracy, the head of state is not the head of state. Big money is. The President is just a figurehead.
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Capitalism is the new Feudalism
« Last post by Aramax on March 02, 2015, 12:06:38 PM »
I'm the first person to agree that things are far from perfect and yes the truely wealthy are in a class of their own, But there is enough freedom for everyone in most western democracies to truely better themselves, look at the last two Democrats who served in the White House, they both came from VERY humble roots. I belive Prime Minister Nicalos Sarkozy of France was only a first generation Frenchman. Change is needed but it must be very very carefully implemented
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Citadel Quiz #2
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on March 02, 2015, 11:58:02 AM »
Munchkins?
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Citadel Quiz #2
« Last post by Aramax on March 02, 2015, 11:56:42 AM »
Correct(I had a guy take a 90 point enemy, Fu Manchu, instant campaign builder!)

! point apeace for scras,muro,val and LS!


What popular card game is keeping Steve Jackson Games afloat?
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Capitalism is the new Feudalism
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on March 02, 2015, 11:50:07 AM »
Quote from: Scrasamax
...and we are moving to the point where the public education system is the mold stamping machine that turns students into college applicants, for further indoctrination. Smart enough to pull the levers and push the buttons, but dumb enough to not ask questions.

Those folks are what I have met in the industry!!!

I am somewhat of a maverick, and you should have heard the incessant chanting of the mindless drones that were my colleagues. "Oh, AG, you shouldn't do that. Smile, be grateful for what you have, don't question anything, don't criticize him... Don't you know who he is?"

No one questions society. Hell, no one even know why society is like it is.

In Norway one of our Viking kings nationalized the use of force. They called it a force monopoly, and no one but the government had the right to raise armies (and police) or apply force. The rest of Europe got the same in the wake of the mercenary pillaging of the 30 year war. I guess our previous state, of continual warring between the Viking clans, was not optimal, but right now people obey the law without even questioning why the law exists in the first place. They don't know that it was emperor Justinian of Rome (Byzants) that created the first laws, nor do they care. They have been indoctrinated to do this or that, and they NEVER question the way of things. To do so mark you as an outsider, even a criminal.

In many ways that makes us like German Shepherds with diplomas; well trained, smart enough to pull sticks and levers (like Scras said), but little more.

In a healthy society everyone should be taught everything. How it came to be that we got a force monopoly (in Norway). How it came to be that the laws were created, starting with King Magnus the Maker of Fines (Lagab√łte).

When you need lawyers to interpret arcane laws, you have made it inaccessible to populace - A monopoly on what is right and wrong.

When you take away peoples' right to arm themselves, you have made them into toothless sheep - They are unable to defend themselves.

When you force them to get a mortgage in order to eke out a living, you have forced them into servitude - They are now your slaves.

When you give them the distractions that keeps them content, you keep them in a state of inaction - 99% of them will not fight to change anything.

...and the 1% that do fight... MLK, Gandhi, Rosa Parks, John Lennon... They are made examples of, and even if they succeed, like Gandhi did, the change they bring is ephemeral.

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Aramax: I believe the American Dream might still have a grain of a fragment of a chance to affect people's lives. But have you ever asked yourself how hard it is for someone unprivileged to rise, as compared to the son of a CEO?

Are not the 0.000001% who make it, made into circus animals, lifted into public view as a shiny example of how you could potentially make it one day too. In effect they become part of the bread and circus of ancient rome, while the old, moneyed families stay out of view - living within walled compounds, enjoying a quality of life we can only dream of... unless we are ridiculously good looking girls, willing to spread our legs for a few years of material bliss.

And perhaps therein rests the remains of the chance of achieving the American dream...
Between the thighs of good looking girls.
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Capitalism is the new Feudalism
« Last post by Scrasamax on March 02, 2015, 11:42:41 AM »
I will agree it's pretty sick, but I think there is room for hope!

There is hope, have you seen who the new judge is on The Voice????
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Citadel Quiz #2
« Last post by Longspeak on March 02, 2015, 11:35:14 AM »
In 3rd Edition, there was a 40 point limit for disadvantages for 100 point characters, but if you took one disadvantage it could break the 40 point limit.
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Citadel Tavern / Re: Capitalism is the new Feudalism
« Last post by Aramax on March 02, 2015, 10:52:47 AM »
I will agree it's pretty sick, but I think there is room for hope!
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