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Al Swearengen (1000 D)
07 Mar 15 UTC
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Al Swearengen (1000 D)
09 Mar 15 UTC
The purpose of this column shall be to provide news, information, and analysis to users of web sites where the free flow of information is either banned by government authorities or not fully developed.

Please expect our first publishing in several days. Applications from qualified persons for non-salaried writing assignments shall receive all due consideration.
rodgersd09 (987 D)
09 Mar 15 UTC
Sounds exciting, can't wait! :)
Battalion (1868 D)
09 Mar 15 UTC
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So your aim is to get this website banned too? :p
Al Swearengen (1000 D)
12 Mar 15 UTC
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THE COMMON MAN AND FREE TRADE

by Andrej Gjorgievski with Al Swearengen

The title sounds like it is intended for a fairytale from 2 centuries ago. However, it is a harsh reality for many individuals in the world, for the average Joe and the common Jack who work in the local factory. Free trade does not take fairness in consideration. It does not have to be fair as long as it is profitable and efficient. That is the backbone of free trade.
**The role of the government**
Governments are doing something about this issue, making promises. “We are going to protect our workforce and our businesses. We are going to restrict the cheap products coming from overseas!” .These are the sayings you might hear when elections are around the corner. If only the politicians kept their promises. These same politicians have their campaigns funded by the corporations who are never satisfied with their profits, it is never enough. The greed reaches out to every country in the world. There are no borders for the free trade. Once the politicians are in power, policies that open the market for overseas companies follow. The government and the corporations act in the following way: “You scratch my back, I scratch your”. Guess whose back is not scratched? You’re right, Jack’s and Joe’s backs. In fact they are feeling the whip on their back. No job, no income and the bills keep piling up. It seems like the government remembers them only when tax is to be paid.

**The effects of free trade**
Cheap products are good for the society, but not for the businesses in it. Without any restrictions on imports, nothing stops the corporations and the big businesses to have their production facilities in a foreign country where the labor is cheaper. That is good, right? Wrong. Every U.S. major corporation has its production facilities in countries like Malaysia, China and Indonesia. This means jobs; jobs are going out of the states. For every single person working in a U.S. corporation factory in China, a U.S. citizen is unemployed. The main reason for this is, yet again, the labor cost.
There is one solution to the problems which are caused from free trade. Abolish it. The EU is an open market for its members. So far the only country who has/had benefits of it is Germany. The rest are in debt, with high unemployment or are on the verge of bankruptcy. Millions of people lost their jobs because of the open market. Businesses moved their facilities to the poorer countries to exploit the lower wages. Why shouldn’t they? There is nothing to stop them. It is an open market, free trade, no restrictions on products which come from overseas.
Benjamin Franklin said “No country was ever ruined by trade”. Well, trade did not, but free trade certainly did.

**What to do about it?**
There is not much the common man can do to fight free trade. Paying extra dollars to support local businesses and their products is the only thing the common man can do. In the short run it turns out costly, but your son/daughter tomorrow might get a job in that company. If the government is not protecting the small businesses, you do it by buying domestic products, manufactured by domestic workforce. That is fair. The small business and the common man should scratch their backs. By protecting domestic businesses you protect your future, your children’s future.

**Free trade in the future**
Free trade is the bane of the existence of the small business and politicians support it with their actions and policies. Let’s hope that there will not be free trade. Let’s hope that every market can operate as a separate organism. Any foreign products should be under tariff policy to discourage foreign companies from selling in our country. This will also move off-shore facilities home, which will provide local unemployed workforce with jobs they crave about.
However, this is highly unlikely going to happen. Globalization grinds the little guy, paves the way for the big business and their astronomical profits.
GOD (1552 D Mod (B))
13 Mar 15 UTC
Wrong century mate, mercantilism is outdated...
US Businesses manufacturing overseas isn't "trade". You need to take a class in international business. No, "trade" is when US businesses and consumers buy the product from foreign manufacturers. And the big problem there is when the foreign business is sponsored or outright owned by the foreign government, the government subsidizes the product so it can be sold for a loss here but still make the foreign business money from the subsidy. That combined with the cheaper wages (and child labor/forced labor) result in prices that US companies can't compete with. Therefore, we put tariffs in place to turn free trade into fair trade. But if we have to high a tariff, the foreign government complains and stops us doing any business altogether within their sphere of influence. And make no mistake, their sphere of influence goes far beyond their borders in the form of trade unions like OPEC.
Al Swearengen (1000 D)
15 Mar 15 UTC
Thanks for the feedback, guys. Please let me know if you have any ideas for the next article.
the.dibster (913 D)
16 Mar 15 UTC
The issue is, most products in the world require components from a number of countries-- you assume in your argument that for most intents and purposes that call products not only should but CAN be made at home, which is not true in the slightest. So protectionist policies would hurt all of these products, and being the majority of all products made, would drive prices up to unsustainable levels globally and thus decreases standard of living, which was presumably your goal.

In addition to this, the fact is that the infrastructure (factory locations, banking structures) is already in place to support the current system and your proposed scaling back of free trade would be terribly inefficient in finding uses for all of these factories and trying to rebalance. It would take decades.

In short, the idea of free trade is not the enemy. There exist potential policies to help small businesses outside of the downfall of the entire globalized free trade system.
the.dibster (913 D)
16 Mar 15 UTC
Also, you said "free trade is good for societies, but not the businesses in it". I would hope that our goal is in fact the PEOPLE in the world (read: society) not the business or corporate structures. If free trade is good of society then it is de facto good period.
Correct dibster. Regional advantages exist beyond cheap labor (like rice in China or oranges in Florida). There need not be protectionism for them. But there is nothing g inherently advantageous to textiles in Mexico yet free trade like NAFTA which even Hillary Clinton, whose pushed her husband to get it written is now for repealing. A time to every purpose. So an analysis needs to be made if a given product's cheaper import is A) hurting domestic business and B) if there is a true geographic advantage and not just child/forced labor in sweatshops and government subsidies making the price so much cheaper than domestic production.

And yes, I took an economics class last year when I return to college at 47 years old.
Al Swearengen (1000 D)
21 Mar 15 UTC
Thank you for the additional criticism. Do you have any suggestions for the next article?


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Tyran (817 D)
17 Mar 15 UTC
Welcome me back with a good game.
http://vdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=22648
Been a long time since I played on vdip. I have a game under my belt recently but I'm hoping I can get a good one together to welcome me back.
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Mapu (2086 D (B))
11 Mar 15 UTC
Fellow WWIV experts and other Dip Players
You should do well at this. I got 16 out of 18 and would have gotten about 3 out of 18 if I'd never played Diplomacy.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/the-hardest-name-that-country-quiz-youll-take-today#.arM1nb0z5e
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Anon (?? D)
05 Mar 15 UTC
Play Me - I Need to Avoid Working
http://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=22486
1 reply
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nschaumann (951 D)
05 Mar 15 UTC
Help!
How do I create a private game?
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Anon (?? D)
04 Mar 15 UTC
Fog game
Hey guys. Looking for people to join my new fog of war game. Just wanting to see how to variant plays out, casual game.

http://vdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=22466
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Teams Torunament (2v2 or 2v2v2)
This would require special adjudication in the end game, I guess, but the idea sounds interesting. Anyone else interested. Please don't come in spouting how it isn't real diplomacy. Some of us don't care. We just want to have fun playing a game that uses the fundamental rules set of Diplomacy.
581 replies
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Fivest (816 D)
01 Mar 15 UTC
Close account
Please, i need to close this account, can you handle with that? Thanks
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Nescio (1162 D)
11 Feb 15 UTC
Corrected Diplomacy 1900 variant
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/54160351/Diplomacy/Diplomacy1900.pdf

Feel free to comment; feedback is appreciated :)
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KingCyrus (1739 D)
27 Feb 15 UTC
Lab Down?
Is the lab down for everyone else too?
7 replies
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mnmnmnmnmnmn0 (955 D)
23 Feb 15 UTC
WWIV Game
Does anybody want to start a WWIV game?
7 replies
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orangechicken (1026 D)
23 Feb 15 UTC
I want my 20 phases
What's the definition of a phase, and how do I know how many I've actually completed?
14 replies
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mfarb (1338 D)
17 Feb 15 UTC
NEW WWIV MAP
do any of these new map concepts interest anyone?
34 replies
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Valis2501 (985 D)
10 Feb 15 UTC
House Game in Cambridge, MA, US
Starting 1 pm on Sat 2/14.
PM me if interested.

Also looking to get regular weekly/monthly games going so contact me even if you can't make it this Saturday.
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Nescio (1162 D)
13 Feb 15 UTC
"Original Diplomacy"
Is the Original Diplomacy, the first version, Diplomacy (1958) als playable on this site?

http://www.variantbank.org/results/rules/o/original.htm
http://www.variantbank.org/results/rules/o/original.gif
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David E. Cohen (1000 D)
27 Jan 15 UTC
Variants In Development (Spice Islands and East Indies)
This is a followup to a couple of threads back in 2013 (http://www.vdiplomacy.com/forum.php?threadID=47279 and http://www.vdiplomacy.com/forum.php?threadID=47686 )
Due to sizing limitations, the substantive content of this message will appear as a response.

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Anon (?? D)
14 Feb 15 UTC
One more needed for Pure Gunboat!
gameID=22169

PM me for PW!
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kaner406 (1309 D Mod (B) (B))
27 Jan 15 UTC
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20 Questions - forum game
I'm thinking of an object. You only have 20 questions to guess what that object is. *IMPORTANT* - put the number your question next to the question. The person who guesses correct answer gets to be the next '20 question master'.
128 replies
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headward7 (981 D)
11 Feb 15 UTC
Non-diplomacy semi-adverts allowed in this forum?
Hi all, is it permitted to shamelessly use this site to recruit player-testers for ulterior non-diplomatic purposes?

If not, please close your eyes before clicking "open" :-)
3 replies
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Nievski (841 D)
09 Feb 15 UTC
Money Variant?
In this website there is economic variant with money with which to maintain the armies and bribes to other players?
7 replies
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Alcuin (1454 D)
11 Feb 15 UTC
What Happened
All of my old games seem to have disappeared from the 'my games' bit of the site. When were these removed?
0 replies
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game mechanics
stuff about supporting and bouncing
9 replies
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MustLoveCats (820 D)
07 Feb 15 UTC
MLC's Live Tournament!
gameID=22087

Who is up to the challenge?
2 replies
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Oli (977 D Mod (P))
17 Jan 15 UTC
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New variant needs your help.
Hi KHB is developing a new variant that involves some kind of money to pay an upkeep cost your your units.
If you want to help please head to the lab and join some test games.
3 replies
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pyrhos (1268 D)
03 Feb 15 UTC
Preview mode problems
Does anyone else have problems with the preview mode? For me the color on the map turns White.
1 reply
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Oli (977 D Mod (P))
02 Feb 15 UTC
Just updated to the latest wedDip code.
Please report any problems in the ModForum.
This was a large patch and there might be some problems. I will try to fix them as soon as possible.

Please note: There are some additional (wrong) RR-stats, as webDip installed our RR system on their site too. At the moment there additional stats do nothing and are wrong. I will migrate the data to the new system if it's working on webDip.
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Luis Aldamiz (1261 D)
29 Jan 15 UTC
Rating system favors draws
Rating system in vDip seems to have made some sort of "poker" out of Diplomacy. I have a suggestion: draws should only give half the points.
31 replies
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Zach0805 (811 D)
28 Jan 15 UTC
Super Bowl Pick?
In 1 corner we have The Deflate Gate Patriots!
In The other we have The Almost Completely Hopeless Seahawks For 55 Minutes!
7 replies
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Zach0805 (811 D)
28 Jan 15 UTC
Greek World
8 Days (This does not mean be patient) Till gameID=21979 (Let's Get This Over With) Starts!
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nzOne (1017 D)
26 Jan 15 UTC
Closing a Game
Hi,
there is a game that has been paused for over a month and we can not unpause it, because there are users who are not online anymore.
It would be nice, if some adminstrator could close it and give the coins back to everyone.
http://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=20704
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