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Comment author: Morendil 25 January 2012 09:48:31AM 2 points [-]

You don't get to make a claim and then place the burden on others to step up and shoot holes in it. Unlike people, bold claims start out guilty and remain so until proven innocent.

Instead, start by providing reasonably non-ambiguous ways to measure constructs like "properly-functioning", "freedom" and "production", then show research or analyses supporting the correlation you want to claim. (The short form of the foregoing: "citation needed".)

Drop the second part of the claim which is pure emotional appeal and metaphor ("machinery", "supreme", "violent"), but otherwise content-free.

Assuming the correlation exists, also investigate alternative explanations, acknowledging when one of these cannot be ruled immediately out by argument or by observation, so that further tests are needed.