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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    For those who don't know me, here's a quick intro. I'm a long-time junkie of political chat boards, having shared a few with various users here. I'm a forty-something corporate lawyer and family man living in Massachusetts, with a love of travel, languages, and science. I'm pretty hard-left, politically, but I tend to think in terms of market-oriented solutions and efficiency, which might be a little unusual among liberals. I also generally lean away from an identity-politics approach to issues (favoring class-based approaches, instead). I voted for Bernie Sanders in both the primary and the general election, but would have voted for Clinton if I were in a competitive state. I'm currently pushing a lefty-solidarity vision, because I think the last thing we liberals need, at the moment, is to be indulging in in-fighting. I feel myself to be allied with every centrist and liberal in this country who is opposed to the dark turn taken by the GOP leadership, and so I'm not inclined to do things that would undermine that much-needed unity in opposition.
    You sound like someone with whom I could look forward to disagreeing, as well as perhaps agreeing from time to time.
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    Jesus, Ian! I thought you were a grown man.

    You are so YOUNG.
    Ugh. Doesn't feel that way.
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    Hotwire could use another corporate lawyer to tell how wonderful the market is. I look forward to you avoiding reality.

    Welcome anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BitterPill View Post
    True, true....

    Yet he is a lawyer, so he probably has respect for rules.

    Face it, none of us like being censored; I hate it even when I deserve it, which I normally do.
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    Hey guys, it's an intro thread. No need to argue here. Save it for the threads!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    For those who don't know me, here's a quick intro. I'm a long-time junkie of political chat boards, having shared a few with various users here. I'm a forty-something corporate lawyer and family man living in Massachusetts, with a love of travel, languages, and science. I'm pretty hard-left, politically, but I tend to think in terms of market-oriented solutions and efficiency, which might be a little unusual among liberals. I also generally lean away from an identity-politics approach to issues (favoring class-based approaches, instead). I voted for Bernie Sanders in both the primary and the general election, but would have voted for Clinton if I were in a competitive state. I'm currently pushing a lefty-solidarity vision, because I think the last thing we liberals need, at the moment, is to be indulging in in-fighting. I feel myself to be allied with every centrist and liberal in this country who is opposed to the dark turn taken by the GOP leadership, and so I'm not inclined to do things that would undermine that much-needed unity in opposition.
    welcome to you. we may seem to be a motley crew, but things normally end up in a somewhat sane state - thanks to the moderators.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Welcome. Are you from ex-CCCP originally? I am from Moscow myself, and Abkhazia before that Now live in Canada.
    Nope. I am working on learning Russian, though.... not making much progress, sadly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatist View Post
    Bernie wasn't in the general election.
    I wrote him in. I had a real problem with Clinton's vote to give Bush authorization to use force in Iraq, and since I'm in a state that effectively disenfranchises me (if Massachusetts were to go Republican, it would already be such a landslide for Republicans that Massachusetts still wouldn't matter), I have the luxury of a protest vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    Howdy, Arkady! We've already said hello, but hello again.

    A liberal corporate lawyer? Now there's a rare breed. But I like your market-oriented approach to solutions. So what drew you to support Sanders over Clinton considering your own political-economic ideology? I would have thought HRC would have appealed to you more taking that into account.

    Anywho, I agree with the lefty-solidarity concept. Until the GOP regains their sanity, any lefty is a good lefty. Unfortunately, I have liberal family and friends who disagree and want purity. They don't seem to realize that ideological purity brought us to where we are today with an embarrassing orange shit gibbon as president.

    But I'm so glad to meet you and please don't be a stranger at our little corner of the intertubes.
    As I mentioned above, it was mostly about the Iraq vote. But I also saw a Sanders vote as moving the "Overton Window" in a good direction. In this country, we've spent so long fighting between centrist Democrats and arch-conservative Republicans, that some decent options have effectively been taken out of consideration. I like the idea of readmitting full-throated liberalism into the mix. And I liked Sanders's class-based analysis, since I think the identity-group approach of mainstream Democrats has been politically detrimental.
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