It amuses me that you still think you know my political system better than I do.
I believe that I actually proved that I did - because I am certain it was you who mentioned the Quebec case and then I went and gave you the full scope of their separatist ideology, after which you had to admit that you weren't really that well up on their policies and that I had a point! I used google BTW!
I think we eventually agreed to disagree since neither of us were swayed by the other's arguments! I'm still claiming it as a victory though!
I'm not an expert on the cold war, but it always seemed to me that the communists defeated themselves.
That is essentially correct. Certainly the notionally Communist states fell apart from the inside. However, could they ever have been really Communist when these countries were run by a political elite who certainly lived better lives than the proletariat forced to live under the ideology that they themselves seemed singularly unwilling to impose on their own selves, and that ideology being reinforced by secret police and harsh imprisonment for dissidents. Who was really a Communist in those countries? Not the ruling elite and certainly not the people who brought these regimes down!
To be fair to Quebec, we have Texas.
Well, that's a topic for me at the moment because one of my American pals has recently moved from Chicago to Texas and I'm fascinated to learn about the differences between the two states from the point fo view of an American who has moved. I'm sort of assuming that it must almost be like moving countries, and I listen with interest - currently she's a Democrat negotiating her way through Republican territory, but she praises the Texans for their good manners. However, even a Brit can see that certain US states could be considered as nations in their own right and maybe there are Texans who would like to be their own state as something quite apart from the rest of the United States. Certainly I sense a degree of self-regard in realtion to the "purity" of a certain kind of political thinking.
I could also cite the Scots and Welsh closer to home who want greater devolved powers. They already have their own parliaments - but there is some extremist thinking in Scotland in particular that would envisage the English needing passports to cross the border, and one politician who rather provocatively suggested that the Scots should make laws for the English. Meanwhile, there are English politicians who would rather the Scottish politicians no longer had any right to vote in our parliament.
Edited by JulesLuvsShinzon, 22 March 2011 - 07:57 PM.