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ami-naaa:

Omg

bendragon-cumbersmaug:

zooophagous:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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Technically the USA was NEVER a democracy, it was a republic, and on paper it still is.

Fun fact: I went to a super conservative super right super rich super white super Christian private school.
Fun fact #2: Every. Single. One. Of my history, social studies, and gov teachers described the US as an oligarchy masquerading as a republic.

bendragon-cumbersmaug:

zooophagous:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

(Read Full Text)

Technically the USA was NEVER a democracy, it was a republic, and on paper it still is.

Fun fact: I went to a super conservative super right super rich super white super Christian private school.

Fun fact #2: Every. Single. One. Of my history, social studies, and gov teachers described the US as an oligarchy masquerading as a republic.

I went to my family picnic last week and met moths. They make fantastic jewelry and keep annoying people far away.

Also check dat shirt.

I love my pets more than all of you combined tbh

killianjefferson:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Gag Reel

Cut the cheque!

shaxaphone:

It’s 1:56 am and I’m trying to sleep shut the fuck up

shaxaphone:

It’s 1:56 am and I’m trying to sleep shut the fuck up

andnowtheweather:

andnowtheweather:

love is an open old oak door

"we finish each other’s-"

"-SCIENCE"

"THAT’S WHAT I WAS GONNA SAY"

dontneedfeminism:

lagoon-of-a-naiad:

m-l-t:

salon:

Our society criminalizes pregnant women and new mothers.

what the hell is wrong with you people

her baby tested positive for speed

why are you shocked pregnant women and new mothers are being criminalized, did you think they were exempt

what kind of bullshit summary is this

i need feminism so i can take speed and give birth to a child that tests positive for it and have no repercussions because my body my choice even if i am risking the health of my newborn

gross

FINALLY SOMEONE SAID IT.

"I SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO TAKE WHATEVER DRUGS I WANT REGARDLESS OF IF IT WILL HARM MY CHILD AND ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE IS A BIGOT!"

Fucking idiots.

True, but it’s against the opinions of several experts, including doctors and addiction specialists, and the article goes into how it will crack down on poor mothers and mothers of color, thanks to several states’ rejection of the Medicaid expansion that would enable them to get access to help and treatment.

So like, yeah doing drugs’ll fuck up your child and should absolutely not be allowed, but the issue presented isn’t as simple as that.

thepacificrimjob:

beckisbookshelf:

Thanks to the TreesOfReverie Read-A-Thon I have quite the selection to offer you all for this month’s giveaway! There’s a bit of everything available this time so chose wisely. May the odds be ever in your favor!

To Enter:

  • Follow Becki’s Bookshelf on Tumblr
  • Reblog the monthly post and cite one of the listed books that you would like to receive

The Rules:

  • Must be following Becki’s Bookshelf. These giveaways are only for my super awesome followers.
  • Must enter with an active blog - no giveaway bot blogs. I will be checking.
  • The winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • These giveaways are International.
  • The winners will choose one of the the offered books in paperback or digital format only.
  • The book will be from the Book Depository or Amazon, therefore the winner must be willing to give me a shipping address.
  • Reblog as often as you want just don’t swamp your followers and make people hate me. Likes don’t count as an entry.
  • Giveaways are run on US CST (GMT -6). Any reblogs posted after midnight CST on the last day of the month will not be valid.
  • Giveaway tag is: Beckis Book Giveaway

throne of glass looks so amazing if i don’t win i think ill buy it anyways

mulodyne:

kids0ftheblackhole:

good

a headline from my perfect world