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The interesting thing is that Japanese society still carries a strong cultural memory of the absolute horror of arbitrary killing by the sword-bearing class.

One can only hope that a similar epiphany will happen one day in the USA, and that it won't take a military defeat accompanied by nuclear strikes to bring it about.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Jan 31st, 2013 at 04:06:19 AM EST
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The idea permeating American gun-ownership is to avoid enabling a ruling class which controls all weapons...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Sat Feb 2nd, 2013 at 05:28:35 AM EST
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Swords were actually banned in the Meiji period- 1876. Nothing to do with WWII.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Feb 2nd, 2013 at 06:58:44 AM EST
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