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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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I said this when I was in fucking ninth grade and wrote a twelve paged paper on it and my teacher told me that I was a conspiracy theorist and that I needed a realistic topic. ok.

I highkey was saying this all along

seriously not news, but needs to be taken more seriously

And all the middle class, working poor, non-white, and non-male people in America say “no shit, Sherlock.”

and people tell me to vote, like it makes a difference.

and they just did this for people in the 50th percentile of income.

and they said “anymore” as if america was ever a democracy, as if slavery wasn’t an oligarchy

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But, for real, though: I can’t count the amount of times I’ve said this and gotten looks like I’m from some sort of other fucking planet. It’s ridiculous that Americans are still deluding themselves into believing that the government and the two political parties involved give a shit about anything but money and the interests of the power elite.

And, of course, very few major news sources are reporting this. The only ones that I found this being reported in were The BBC website (where it didn’t even get a full article) and (surprisingly) Business Insider. Every other news site barely reported on it, and when they did, they use strategic vocabulary and phrasing to try and deviate from the value of the study, with titles like: “The United States May be Slipping Into an Oligarchy” (instead of what the study actually says) and “Study Suggests United States May be More of an Oligarchy than a Democracy.”

Spread this shit like wildfire, because our media outlets won’t, seeing as how they’re too invested in the corporate game. Something likes this that validates the issues Americans have with the government - however fucking obvious to those of us with even a shred of logic - should have been front page news everywhere. But it wasn’t.

sodomymcscurvylegs:

One of the strangest things I’ve noticed about society - or, at least, the parts I’ve encountered - is that it has obsessions that are entirely superficial. What I mean by this is that our societies are obsessed with different things, but give us little instruction on the reality of said things. A good example is romantic relationships: our societies are obsessed, especially in the west, with the concept of “finding the one.” You will find this concept thrown at you from every direction: films, television, books, family members and friends making subtle - and not so subtle - commentaries about your “love life,” etc. But, what you’re seldom told is that relationships take a great deal of work: it isn’t simply “finding the one” and then we “live happily ever after.” Finding someone who you want to share your life experiences with is, virtually, the easiest part of the entire thing (while most of the things we see in our daily lives make it seem like the opposite). The difficult part is when you actually get to the relationship, because, while society expects you to become involved in a romantic relationship, it displays virtually zero sense of responsibility for what actually goes on in your relationships. Nobody tells you about compromise, or how arguments are common things in relationships, or how to respect each other as individuals and individual life goals, or how to work as a team to achieve mutual goals together, etc.

The same extends to how we treat children. You’ll often hear of how wonderful and fantastic parenthood is, how there is “nothing sweeter than a child’s laughter,” but nobody tells you how expensive raising a child is, or how much emotional support they need, or discipline, or how to teach them to deal with the issues of life that you, yourself, have never even been taught how to deal with. Society goes out of its way to make sure that you have relationships and children, but not to make sure that those relationships are healthy or that you’re raising those children properly. In this sense, our societies treat other people as possessions and objects to be taken, and, it is my belief, that this is why so little information on the realities of these things are given to us. It’s because society teaches us that there can be no greater happiness than ownership, and once you “own” that love, or that partner, or those children, everything else will fall into place, because ownership is the only kind of happiness our societies know.

Sex is the same thing, as well. There is an obsession with sex - whether you’re having it or not - but massive taboos on the necessary information dealing with sex: safe sex practices, fetishes, etc. 

The reality is very different. We are not properly prepared for it, and we don’t properly prepare our children, because we are forced to be more focused on having them than actually doing right by them.

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grates:

please someone reassure my this is just fuckin  w people right.

this is bullshit what the fuck

Wait y’alls cups are really that small? holy fuck

why the fuck anyone needs 1.3L of coke in one sitting is beyond me but anyway

To enjoy  it all day and ruin their teeth! =D

(or maybe for something like poweraid on a stupid hot day to stay hydrated?~)

I like getting one of those massive coke cups full of sprite, drinking it in 30 minutes, then complaining to my boyf about how often I have to get up and pee afterwards. 

xD Sounds like me except with blended coffee xD \^o^/

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crimewave420:

2chaaaain:

grates:

please someone reassure my this is just fuckin  w people right.

this is bullshit what the fuck

Wait y’alls cups are really that small? holy fuck

why the fuck anyone needs 1.3L of coke in one sitting is beyond me but anyway

To enjoy  it all day and ruin their teeth! =D

(or maybe for something like poweraid on a stupid hot day to stay hydrated?~)

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vegan-vulcan:

I didn’t know there were twenty thousand vegans on tumblr!!!

You can be against animal cruelty and not be a vegan

You can be against animal cruelty and not be a vegan

Also given the fact some vegans wilfully neglect their pet’s diet for personal belief reasons you can in fact be a vegan and be ok with animal cruelty when its convenient for you.

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and in that moment, everyone’s heart broke

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When I saw that I so badly wanted to tell her “Because your eyes are a million times more expressive than theirs.”

Yeah, she’s a bit guileless and eccentric, maybe even a little unhinged sometimes. But mostly I think it’s because of how expressive her eyes are. Because they are just So expressive, and most people don’t expose their inner heart so intensely with their eyes, so it makes some people uncomfortable, and some people are really unkind when they’re uncomfortable.

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