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  1. Salvador79

    How to save the Roman republic?

    So... To prevent the immense concentration of power and erosion of civic support, a good PoD is bad Roman luck in the Punic Wars. Not bad enough to shatter it, but also no victories. No slave plantations in Sicily, Sardinia, Corsica, Iberia. Rome and its Italian socii would have to continue to...
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    How to save the Roman republic?

    Well, it did. And the empire, where all of that exacerbated, looked strong in the first two centuries, superficially even at the peak of power, but its civic commitment had eroded and continued to erode to levels rarely seen anywhere else. The principate (and later dominate) were not solutions...
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    WI Claudius is killed and power restored to Senate

    If the Senate would grab power like that, it would not be a restoration of anything that previously existed. In the Republic, quaestors, aedils, censors, praetors and consuls were elected by the comitia, not appointed by the Senate; the tribunes by the Concilium Plebis. The Senate had a veto...
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    The White Armies win - consequences for type and scope of emigration from Russia

    For the Whites to win, they would have to be a wider coalition than they were IOTL. But, yeah, I guess you're right that Red Army members and known Bolsheviks and anarchists in general as well as Jews would be the most plausible emigres, but, as you said, not many of them would have the...
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    Evolution of the Nazi Regime without World War II

    Oh, sorry for that. The sentence was meant to end: "just because Göring was a little more inclined to make "easy gains" than Hitler in 1938 doesn't mean this isn't going to escalate very soon."
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    Evolution of the Nazi Regime without World War II

    On which OTL evidence would that thought about them being more cautious be grounded? Göring's role in the Munich conference? By the way, Göring was Hitler's designated successor only from 1941 onwards. By 1939, Rudolf Heß was his official vice. Heß had little powerbase of his own, but that...
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    Military dictatorship in FRG

    Yes. And the SPD had given up on full socialism and made their peace with a welfarist market economy in the Godesberg conference in 1959. The only relevant third party in the 1960s were the Free Democrats, i.e. the liberals. There was not a hint of a surge of leftist populism at the ballot box...
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    Military dictatorship in FRG

    Are you familiar with the German political landscape? That would need a very different 1949.
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    Military dictatorship in FRG

    But that was never a threat in the 1960s, for all the Student Riots that went on. The US might tolerate it post factum, but it would not start it. Which removes the biggest potential for this to hapoen at all. You need a deeper PoD for that. Neither Johnson, nor even Nixon would try this.
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    Military dictatorship in FRG

    This is ASB. There is not the tiniest kernel of anything hinting in that direction IOTL, and many people on the thread have already argued how utterly hopeless such an endeavour would be - let alone that there weren't any forces who would have pushed this in the first place. And the US would...
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    Evolution of the Nazi Regime without World War II

    Without a war, the Nazis have a very unfittingly oriented industry, to say the least, and that one had been built on a giant debt bubble. There are troubled economic times ahead. I don't see a lot of options for them to address these issues. To allow their crazy scheme, they had to uncouple from...
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    The Fire Never Dies: Labor's Star Ascendant

    Basel, eh? This sounds like incredibly rational and cunning foreign policy by the German Empire. Something they had never done, not since the days of Bismarck at least. I wait for the moment when they shoot themsslves properly in the foot.
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    How would socialism look like (if possible at all) in western Europe and north America?

    I see the point in this view, too. But it's also magnifying capitalism by declaring it as "the system" of today (perhaps another legacy of Marxism?) instead of seeing it as an important economic structure and shaping factor of society, politics and culture among others.
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    How would socialism look like (if possible at all) in western Europe and north America?

    OK, trying to pull this back to the OP: If there was to occur a radical socialist revolution in a Western European country, it would most likely have lasted only a few years. Might leave behind important traces / legacy, but it would, with quite high probability, not usher in an era of...
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    How would socialism look like (if possible at all) in western Europe and north America?

    How do you rub your foot in a sexy fashion??? EDIT: No, don't explain, please.
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    Largest borders Weimar Germany could achieve?

    The Saarland. And quite probably nothing else. The Saarland was scheduled for the plebiscite, and that plebiscite would take place in a Surviving Weimar TL just like IOTL, yielding, if anything, an even greater majority for returning to Germany. All the rest would have meant upsetting the...
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    How would socialism look like (if possible at all) in western Europe and north America?

    Indeed. What the Nazis did was to scare people away from announcing themselves as unemployed, and to persecute them. They created the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD, imperial labour service), which was essentially a forced labour scheme, mitigated by the fact that broad segments of the young...
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    How would socialism look like (if possible at all) in western Europe and north America?

    It's not that I don't like the one or the other. And if your point is that the public sector in our societies is not characterised by free association, free access, workplace democracy etc., then of course I agree. I'm not trying to paint the present in rosy colours. Public property as private...
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    How would socialism look like (if possible at all) in western Europe and north America?

    I know the Labour Theory of Value, and Marx's contributions to it, and I know this is how this is viewed here: students devote labour to skill acquisition and then create the corresponding value later on. I have often enough defended the LTV against Austrian and Chicagoan marginalists. My point...
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    How would socialism look like (if possible at all) in western Europe and north America?

    And I recognise yet more Marxist assumptions in this statement which I have come to find questionable: 1) The strictly separate look at "modes of production" on the one hand and distribution / consumption on the other hand. I'm a researcher/lecturer. My employer is a state university, yes. But...
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