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u admit ignorance about whether we should have gotten the moon, but you also make strong clear statements in your reply. Lots of people either hedge constantly, or argue points they lack knowledge about. How'd u learn to approach discussions and be firm but also humble? Seems beyond almost everyone

i know that i haven't studied the apollo program much. i know some philosophy relating to the government, scientific inquiry, etc. and i know some modern politics about government biases and propaganda. so i briefly said each of these. doesn't seem hard.
i know a lot about some relevant concepts (easy to be confident), but not a lot about the particular historical case (so maybe there's some details i don't know about that change the application of the concepts).
hedging doesn't help anything. i paid attention to hedges over time and put some attention into not doing them and noticing them and seeing what's bad about them and looking out for any times they were good.

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Ah so there's a need to not just look at the visible tech progress but the unseen anti progress effects of govt involvement. But still that seems like a more NUANCED point than contradiction in terms

real scientific inquiry involves freedom to pursue ideas in an open-ended way, not predetermined government-overseer-set goals. you can see today how the government is largely destroying science in many areas in all countries. e.g. most environmental "science" is government propaganda.
i have no idea whether we should have gone to the moon at that particular time. i kind of doubt it on general principles because there are a great many urgent problems on Earth such as bad schools and aging. i suspect NASA misused a great deal of wealth because the government wanted a propaganda program -- which is still having an effect on you decades later.

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Would you answer my question if I give you 5$? Is there a refund policy if you don't feel like answering a particular question.

depends on the question. i have to be interested in it or it could be super short to answer (like a yes/no question).
to actually hire my time would cost a lot more with questions that aren't super short. i charge a lot for paid work (more than $100/hr to give you some indication. i don't want to post an actual rate in public for negotiation reasons. no one ever pays more than your posted rate! and also because i try to charge for value instead of time now). so it has to mostly be something i'd do anyway.
no refunds. you could say "i will send you $5 if you answer this question" if you want and then send after. i would expect you to then pay regardless of answer quality. if you mean you will only send $5 if you *like* my answer, then say that upfront and I'll have low expectations. on Twitch people routinely lie about sending money in the future ("I will subscribe if you..."). i'm willing to assume good faith from anonymous *once*, so i recommend no one be a liar and screw it up for everyone!

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Your response to the person who told you about Tomi Lahren is a bit out of order. You asked a question, got the answer, and instead of thanking the person you just complained about them. Do you think that could have been done better? (There's your question). Happy new year.

they could have posted self-contained questions, instead of information about Tomi Lahren with zero reference to any question about him or reason for posting it.
don't make questions depend in an unstated way on something written elsewhere, such as in a prior question.
also i'd already answered. i don't know about him. that actually answered the original question about what i think (answer = i don't know). so the prior question was already addressed. if i actually wanted to know who Tomi is I would have googled. i was providing the information that i have no answer.

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I have started ripping minds apart cargo-culting you. People cry when I crit them and even say suicidal things. Should I stop? Should I not call people broken and list a hundred bad things about them when they come to me for help.

you could run some of your criticism by FI. maybe you're mistaken. maybe you're mean. i don't know.
you should learn more philosophy so your criticism can be more accurate and helpful. get more skilled before giving out tons of advice, especially since it's being poorly received!
did these people ask for criticism? i usually criticize the ideas of people who ask for it by coming to my forums, or public figures like authors.
you did say they came to you for help. maybe they didn't know what kind of help you offered though. maybe there's a miscommunication there. i try to be pretty clear about what sort of place FI is but people still have incorrect expectations sometimes.
getting people to cry openly and even say suicidal things out loud (usually people hide those even if they think it) sounds quite extreme and is a big warning sign to pause and reconsider and do more learning.

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> who dat? Tomi Lahren is an American television and online video host, and a conservative political commentator. She currently hosts Tomi for TheBlaze.

use quotes that end ("here is a quote") b/c questions here don't have paragraph breaks to show where the quote ends. you don't seem like a conceptual thinker. you're just mindlessly copying an FI style where it doesn't work without thinking about why it's used and how it functions to indicate which text is and isn't quoted and how that isn't working here.
and make questions self-contained. you didn't ask a question here, at all.

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In which country are taxes taken by force using armed enforcers? How and when? This isn't the middle ages. We pay tax by PAYE or as part of a payment. Are you seriously suggesting that soldiers turn up at your door to extract money from you?

the United Stats for example. if you don't pay your taxes, the "authorities" use a sequence of escalating measures to force you to pay, which includes potentially escalating to sending armed men to arrest you who will use guns if necessary. if you had a bunch of armed bodyguards or something so more than a couple cops were necessary, then the government could use a SWAT team or FBI raid team or whatever (trained armed gun fights).

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"u starving to death cuz u didn't want to work," - No-one has ever starved to death because they didn't want to work. Beccause they couldn't *find* work, yes. "govt regulated industry so there's less jobs" - So it;s the government's fault, so shouldn't the govt feed them?

things will get better when govt does less stuff outside its proper role (protection from force -- courts, police, military), not increased as you propose.

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"bro, where does the welfare money come from? it's taken by force from individuals." - But killing poor people by denying them welfare is evil. Why can't people with money just suffer a little so that the poor can eat?

u starving to death cuz u didn't want to work, or cuz the govt regulated industry so there's less jobs, ain't a rich bro's fault.
it's also not what most welfare has to do with.
if ur idea is so great, PERSUADE some rich ppl.

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> depends why they're poor and weak. is it their fault? Most people who are poor are born poor. They have to start from -10 level when the middle class get to start from 0 and the rich from level 10+. They also get destroyed by their environment.

i disagree.
in the US, most people over age 30 are poor b/c they are immoral. they could have become non-poor if they were better people.
in various third world countries, most people over age 30 are poor b/c their government sucks. e.g. it's corrupt and doesn't protect them from violence and theft. some of these people can be blamed for lack of effort to move to a different region of the country or a different country, but others don't really have much opportunity to move.

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