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@ joey, that's silly. Without unions, workers are worse off than slaves and it's not a coincidence that we're experiencing this slash and burn economy with record unemployment and record corporate profits at this point in history when unions are at a nadir. Of course unions are political, their purpose is to find power in numbers to offset the otherwise abusive position (influence and affluence) of corporate management and win improvements in their conditions. Unfortunately, they are susceptible to corruption just like any human institution and the members of unions must be vigilant of their leaders and make efforts to prevent abuses. @CA no one said corporate management shouldn't be allowed to vote. "Excercising their right..."? That's precisely the problem, campaign contributions shouldn't be a right any more than special favours and kickbacks from lobbys.
"Unfortunately, they are susceptible to corruption just like any human institution and the members of unions must be vigilant of their leaders and make efforts to prevent abuses."
Do you really think that labor unions don't use their not insubstantial purses to make campaign contributions? The problem with your defense is that, in the way that you use it, it applies equally to the corporations. The shareholders have voting rights within the corporations. However just like any human institution it is susceptible to corruption. It's up to the shareholders to make sure that they their investment is with a company that has integrity. Surely you're not arguing that every corporation is evil and bent on running the world, are you?
No. I'm saying neither corporations nor unions should be allowed to make campaign donations. I thought that was clear, sorry. Also, integrity is only of interest to (the majority of) investors / shareholders when there's a possibility of hurting their benefits. Layoffs, salary freezes, exportation or outsourcing of production and waste disposal are all decisions that are taken with the bottom line as the primary if not only concern. Maybe evil is not the word, and yes there are certainly some more and some less ethical models, but there is no question "corporate interest" tends to be a rather one-dimensional concern.
I thought I understood this part of the rules, but after looking things up, I've become even more confused. The question is, can a fleet from say Marseilles support a fleet from Gascony to the north coast of Spain?
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We are a team of 3 members, and are looking for a team of 2 or 3 facing members to challenge us on a Classic Game. Please check under the name "strategyonly" it's already open for new members it starts Monday!
The 3rd game of the Gobbledydook series is now on! This time, the format has changed to 55 bet WTA, noting the nature of win all/lose all Expatriates. Join now, 36 hours left to join, gameID=42600 It's only 55 this time!
I've just wanted to open a new game, but something stopped me from doing so. I realized that Diplomacy right now... bores me too much. In this new game everything will be the same, same tactics, same guiding principles, etc. What should I do?
Perhaps I do not fully understand the rules concerning when a game starts, but I was under the impression that once all players joined a game, it would start soon. However, gameID=42381 has had all 7 players for the past several hours, and as it is getting pretty late, I imagine that many players, myself included, will not be able to enter orders. Therefore, can I request that a mod cancel this game?