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…
people still not realizing every political/military/financial problem in this country started exactly as the rederal reserve act was passed in 1913
This actually makes sense
your move america
Always sunny is literally the only show I watch rn. It’s hard to keep up because ultimately, they are fuckin nuts and amorously hilarious. But this show touches base on a lot of truths of this country. On the low low.
watch this link please now!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do not just like this, reblog it and watch it, they need witnesses, the police need to know they are being watched and that black lives fucking matter
TOMORROW ON AUGUST 14, 2014: CHICAGO POLICE, FBI AGENTS, AND ILLINOIS STATE TROOPERS WILL BE ENTERING CHICAGO’S ‘TROUBLED’ NEIGHBORHOODS TO HUNT DOWN CRIMINALS. THIS WILL LAST FOR 60 DAYS OR MORE.
and this is NOT a good thing.
I completely agree
WHAT THE FUCK? can I get a source?
That moment when a sketchy ass post has a source that completely supports said post.
this is real. i’m not lying, i’m trying to inform.
This is my younger cousin Glenda. Her life is beautifully simple back in Ecuador, and this was her first day in the US. Let alone her first day outside of Ecuador. I took her out and did a bunch of shit I wouldn’t normally do in the city and it was awesome. I lied, when we got to the heights, we had a coco icey real quick from papi on the corner.
As expected she was surprised to see all the buildings and multicultural beings everywhere, also the amount of openly gay beings everywhere. But the one thing that surprised her that left me stunned was when she pointed out that there aren’t any stray animals, like dogs and such in the street, but a shit load of people living in it. Even the poorest of people are allowed to create their own living space in South America. I didn’t know what to say.
I told her, “I guess the government cares more about animals than people here”.cuz here, if you ain’t got that money, then you obviously funny.
When I realize that I don’t know shit, and that I am confused about all of life. Life has this cute way of reminding me that it gets even better than that. Like, “wait, wait there’s more lol”
It’s crazy to me how lonely one could feel in life. Or how lonely everyone feels in life, and when you die, everyone loves you, and everyone feels you. Life is crazy.