Recent content by overoceans

  1. WI Distributist America?

    In Canada, Social Credit originally rose to power in 1930s Alberta, under evangelical protestant leadership, and soon migrated over to Quebec, where it took on a heavily Catholic flavour. Not sure if the Quebec creditiste were ever linked to Distributism, but I've never seen any mention of...
  2. WI: Equatorial Guinea without Macías

    Africa really is the one place that puts the kibosh on that whole Cold War "Oh yeah? Well, your side is worse!" routine. You can find examples of both the West and the Communists supporting the absolute most repulsive dictatorships imaginable. The exceptions were guys like Nyerere and Kaunda...
  3. How would a Vietnam-style invasion of Cuba after Bay of Pigs ended?

    Given what I guesstimate to be Castro's legitimate popularity in Cuba at the time, you probably have roughly half the population willing either to fight against the Americans violently, or at least be totally adverse to co-operating in any way with the occupation, eg. insurgents could kill an...
  4. Could have been leaders/politicians have they not died

    Well, you can probably forget about Cool Britannia.
  5. Could have been leaders/politicians have they not died

    I think that was just smug British leftists assuming that Americans will always vote for a far-right crackpot, even an obscure no-name leading a lobby-group that some Republicans felt it prudent to denounce, and who would have totally alienated his own party if running at the presidential level...
  6. Impacts of other European colonial powers establishing similar political associations to that of The Commonwealth?

    They, along with the Brits, almost certainly provide most of the cash for running the Commonwealth. And, unlike the British, they have sometimes functioned as an honest-broker between the Motherland and the developing-world colonies(see eg. Diefenbaker and Mulroney on Apartheid South Africa).
  7. Who would've Howard Dean picked as his VP, had he won the nomination in 2004?

    Don't know enough to agree or disagree with that, but I do think that, as a recognized left-winger within the Democratic Party, Dean would need to fortify his right flank. And a military hero, whatever his actual views, is gonna be almost automatically seen as an All-American patriot, and...
  8. AHC: make at least one country pay reperations for slavery upon abolishing it

    As far as I know, Lincoln was pretty non-commital about any plans he might have had for the former slaves post-bellum. Interestingly, in Birth Of A Nation, Lincoln is poryrayed as an ally of the South and its planter class, and his murder as opening the door for the Radical Republicans to...
  9. What if Idi amin didn't take over Uganda?

    Well, he also postured as "honest broker but leaning toward the Palestinians" during the Entebee hijacking thingamabob, which I suspect might have caused some sections of public-opinion to lump him in with third-world socialists such as Arafat and, by extension, Castro etc. Overall, though, he...
  10. AHC Enoch Powell as PM of the UK

    Yes, well-played. Though, just as an observation, Sonny And Cher were sort of the domesticated, suburbs-friendly manifestation of the counterculture, who by the 1970s were appearing on family-friendly variety shows that my Silent Generation parents liked to watch, and not attracting much...
  11. AHC Enoch Powell as PM of the UK

    Yes, but anyone actually involved in politics on a serious level knew that the American GOVERNMENT was not funding the IRA. And even if it's proven that they weren't entirely cracking down on the money and weapons transfers so as not to alienate the pub vote in Boston and New York, it's a...
  12. AHC Enoch Powell as PM of the UK

    I believe Tom Driberg(a sexually adventrous socialist MP and reputed crowleyite) is supposed to have encouraged Mick Jagger to run, but that would kinda be like a clown backing a jester, if I may be allowed to coin a phrase.
  13. AHC Enoch Powell as PM of the UK

    If Clapton was doing as much hard drugs as is generally assumed, that alone is gonna be a bonanza for his political opponents. I think there's a reason why we have actor politicians(eg. Glenda Jackson), writer politicians(eg. Havel), but, as far as I know, no rock star politicians.
  14. AHC Enoch Powell as PM of the UK

    And no matter how badly the Yanks slap around the Brits, Powell's anti-Americanism is gonna be a definite deal-breaker for his aspirations. I know it's a High Tory fantasy(popular on AH among other venues), but the idea that the people who were eg. cheering on the Loyalists in Belfast would...
  15. AHC Enoch Powell as PM of the UK

    There's no way this happens after The Speech.
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