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Member since Mar 2008 • Last active Aug 2018

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    The review differences between places that require having purchased the game (Steam) vs those that don't (GoG) is interesting and unsurprising. Tempted to give it a go.

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    I think I have it on Steam (humble bundle). If it's what I'm thinking it is, there was a TV show length cut scene, and this is apparently a selling point.

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    Unless you're predicting interest rates post-Brexit, take another look at cost of government borrowing. Then take discounting into consideration. The UK should have been borrowing over the last handful of years and doing exactly that.

    Additionally, Japan's problem is also demographic. Comparisons are not particularly useful.

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    I'm not sure. I suspect he'd really like the gammon bit...

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    1) the goal should be avoiding recessions not reacting to them. Managing the economy.

    2) infrastructure is good, but a classic example of KE is buying pencils at a loss.

    3) who wouldn't support this? Free market economists. Classical liberals. I.e. a chunk of the Tories and the lib Dems.

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    Good reasons. I'd add recessions result in unemployment which is bad for the unemployed as well as the state rich relies on tax revenues. The state, however, can attempt to avoid these things (it's argued) by spending money (even if it requires borrowing) on things which encourage employment and will result in taxpayers. Theses taxes will eventually go back to paying off the extra money spent by the state.

    So having passports made here - even if more expensive - provides more benefits for those who are paying for those passports (taxpayers in Britain) in the long run. In theory.

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    And what are the reasons you would want to do this?

    prevent recession / depression

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    If it will contribute more to government coffers and local industries (and, the argument being, supporting British industry will do this) then it does. If the argument is British industries should be supported out of some form of British exceptionalism, then it does not.

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    It's funny how, what looks like, Keynesian economic ideas are now versions of Trump-era protectionism.

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