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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Gore was a hawk, he was well-known as such under Clinton (He was also that other type of hawk, a deficit hawk, and in the 1990s was in some respects politically to the right of Clinton) but as I've said before on this board, the fact that as a hawk Gore ended up opposing Iraq says more about how...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I don't know who Frank Harvey is (I assume he's an academic) but he's arguing on post-1900 level on this one. Someone on the other page suggested he was a Marxist but this to me feels like a neo-con inhaling their own fumes. Clinton launched a serious bombing campaign for non-compliance with...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Given 9/11 is a full year away from any POD at absolute minimum, and what we know about the Bush administration's mishandling of the intelligence leading up to it, there's pretty ample scope for it being butterflied tbh. I don't really understand why it's this totally fixed event with just about...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Feel like 'Iraq would have gone exactly the same' will inevitably appeal to people who, Marxist or not, will desire to argue for one reason or another that (bourgeois) politicians are all the same, but it's an extremely tenuous argument. Don't feel saying a different government would have had...
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    Federal New Zealand

    I think by far the best bet for the north and south islands as seperate federal units is them both becoming part of Australia.
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    Mexico joins the United States...in the 1990s?

    It's just that you keep saying there was a serious level of popular support in Mexico for annexation. And believing that this support was continuous would raise questions about why it never became a serious political force. But the notion that in fact it was only a consideration in three...
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    Mexico joins the United States...in the 1990s?

    Given you've previously made a case for all-Mexico being plausible during the Mexican-American war, I'm wondering if you think there's any point in the history of the two countries where it was unviable that the US could have absorbed Mexico wholesale.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I appreciate McCoy as a character but I'm happy to say I'm not someone who would consider McCoy's outright racism fine or Banter m8 because it's directed at a more worldly-wise and authoratitive character than Data. Pulaski saw her prejudice towards Data also pretty quickly undergoing revision...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I still think most of the 'problem' with Pulaski was that she was a strong female character in 1988.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I've always thought you couldn't do better than Meadow's choice of Lloyd George.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Well there's two different things aren't there. German occupation scenarios and then Britain going Fascist off its own bat scenarios. I definitely think the Nazis would have prefered to rely on someone much more established to run Britain for them than Mosley. In places that Hitler intended to...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Isn't the use of Mosley at least premised on the reality that without him British Fascism would be a complete fucking alphabet soup mess of competing claims?
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    WI: Gaddafi Buys Man Utd

    Hmm. Gaddafi had been relatively rehabiliated by that point to the point of Blair quite literally embracing him, and would go onto get rather deeply involved in the LSE. So it's important to distinguish between eighties Gaddafi and 2000s Gaddafi's official position. In terms of direct...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I think there's a big gap in subject matter between serious published AH, and the Future History board. Christian seems to be exclusively talking about Pre and Post-1900 level alternate history. Which has a lot of problems, but they're not necessarily representative of all of alternate history...
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    Clinton wins in 2016: Who does she pick for SCOTUS?

    I don't think Kenendy would have retired under Clinton. And yeah, there would have been a GOP wave in 2018 which would then have certainly blocked the appointment of a successor to Ginsburg. I think she'd get the Scalia vacancy filled, though. I get a feeling she wouldn't keep Garland's...
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    Ramifications of and lead-up to 1997 Conservative victory following 1992 win

    I don't think it's very rational with hindsight in 2021, but I also think it's understandable that some people who went through the lived experience of losing four elections in a row, including a one where Labour was fully expected to win and then didn't, would be hyper-anxious about 'it was a...
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    WI: Successful Bonfire Night plot to topple Miliband

    I think Corbyn was relatively close to chucking in the towel in 2016 when the mass resignations were happening, but a) he didn't and b) pretty much the entire PLP was opposing him, which definitely wasn't close to being the case with Milliband.
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    WI: Successful Bonfire Night plot to topple Miliband

    I don't see the 2014 grumbling succeeding at all, in common with every other putsch attempt on Labour leaders of the last fifteen years, but Alan Johnson was the magic cure-all alternative in the minds of the people behind the plot.
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    Like I said, both are false choices when you ultimately come down to it to the point that they deserve to be treat as structural issues which wouldn't have been avoided by any other realistic government. Sure, the government could, theoretically given it was humanly possible, have abandoned...
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    Alternate History General Discussion

    I think the graph produced precisely underlines my point, so I'm not sure what point is being made in producing it? Yes, the UK had periods of good economic growth but sterling and the financial position were never good at all for literally decades, and incoming governments almost always faced...
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