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Rangoon - 2017-02-15

Auto-5 for the Dalai Lama

Anaxagoras - 2017-02-15

I don't care for the guy, (I found his books to be way too pandering) but he's almost always interesting to listen to.

I do wish he would stop giggling during interviews, though. It's kinda irritating.

Also, he doesn't need subtitles, guys. His English is quite good.

Old_Zircon - 2017-02-15

I've heard from people who've spend a good amount of time (years) living in Tibet that a lot of people there are pretty unhappy with his celebrity status and with the whole western "free Tibet" stuff because the only thing it really does is draw attention to them, which makes the Chinese government crack down on them harder and generally makes their day to day lives worse when it does anything at all. No idea how widespread that is but it sounded like it wasn't uncommon.

StanleyPain - 2017-02-16

The problem with the Dalai Lama is that for all the good things he does (mainly encouraging Buddhists to drop all the touchy feely mystical bullshit and acknowledge that you can still be Buddhist and live in the real world with things like science and technology and politics), he also does bad things, not the least of which is his weird support of the archaic hierarchy in Tibetan Buddhism which creates castes and all sort of in-feuding, factional bullshit which is completely the opposite of what Buddhism should stand for and has resulted in a rather chilly atmosphere in his own sect.

alitheiathricechastened - 2017-02-15

look namtar, i know you're upset that people would even think about violently attacking nazis, a group of people whose raison d'etre is the extermination of "undesirables" with themselves as the sole judge of who those "undesirables" are.

but did you really have to drag into the debate some guy who wants to free Tibet... to go back to being a feudal theocracy with anointed lamas and lowly serfs?


even the Beastie Boys have smartened up about this.

Anaxagoras - 2017-02-15

...except that's not the Dalai Lama's position.

Look, let me reiterate, I don't like the guy. But don't go making up shit. It's true that he's been kinda slimy when talking about Tibet's past, often dodging difficult questions. But he has explicitly stated that he has no interest in taking Tibet back to where it used to be. He's explicitly called for some kind of democratic institutions, were he to come back to power. When talking about Buddhism's role in a theoretical future Tibet, he'd like Buddhist values to be the bedrock of the society, much like they have in Bhutan; a theocracy like they used to have is kinda off the table in his mind.

Void 71 - 2017-02-15

This might have been true when nazis still existed 80 years ago, but modern day white nationalists want racial separation. The word you'll hear them say more than anything else is 'ethnostate'. Ironically, the fash who got smashed (Richard Spencer) uses Israel (a jewish ethnostate) as an example of what he wants for whites in America. Strange that 'antifas' don't go around smashing zionists.

SolRo - 2017-02-16

We really should though

wtf japan - 2017-02-16

No you shouldn't, you anti-Semitic halfwit. Even if we indulge the slanderous delusion that Zionism is the same thing as fascism, why should you care if a fellow countryman wants to make a foreign country into an ethno-state? If an Irish American says "Ireland for the Irish" but is cool with America being for everybody, that's incoherent, but it's not something that needs a violent intervention.

Sounds like Void is cool with the salt-right, and you are still trying to reckon some ethical equation which allows you hate Jews and still be a leftist. I'm pretty sure the Russians already solved that riddle, and the solution is called "being an evil pile of shit." Go punch yourselves in the face, please.

SolRo - 2017-02-16

keep sucking that zio cock!

you're just another retard that likes to pull the fascist line that zionism = all jews.

SolRo - 2017-02-16

I'll even simplify it for your simpleton ass;

your dumb argument is that zionists = all jews and hating zionists means hating all jews.

nazis could also say anyone that punches them hates white people.

You're basically a fascist sympathizer, and need to be punched.

Monkey Napoleon - 2017-02-16

What's that buzzword you're fond of using again, SolRo? Right.


SolRo - 2017-02-16

here comes Mr. Dontdoanythingaboutnazisuntiltheystartgassingtheundesirables.

Monkey Napoleon - 2017-02-16

Despite being a gross oversimplification, you say that like there's something wrong with it.

You know, punishing people *after* they've actually committed crimes and not because they bear a superficial resemblance to someone did.

wtf japan - 2017-02-17

Of course not all Jews are Zionists, but you seem to have a fetish for hating Zionism, which suggests to me that you are trying to find an acceptable outlet for your anti-Semitism. Of all the evils and fucked up countries in the world, why do you keep talking about Israel all of the time? Why aren't you getting this upset about Saudi Arabia? Or Hungary? OR RUSSIA?

SolRo - 2017-02-17

Keep parroting that zio talking point, you mindless, dickless shill.

wtf japan - 2017-02-17

It's not a talking point. You just hear it a lot because you're wrong all the time.

SolRo - 2017-02-17

You're sucking the cocks of literal middle eastern nazi-likes that are actually carrying out an ethnic cleansing campaign that often engages in small-scale genocide.

You're a fucking fascist apologist and I'd break your nose if given the chance.

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