SO TFIOS IS GOING TO BE #1 ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST AGAIN
AND SOMEONE SAID THAT IT WOULD BE A CLASSIC
LIKE ON THE SAME LEVEL AS HEMINGWAY OR TWAIN
AND I JUST THOUGHT OF JOHN GREEN BEING SEEN AS A SUPER SERIOUS CELEBRATED WRITER
ENGLISH CLASSES IN THE FUTURE WILL BE EPIC
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…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
I’m glad they worked so hard to figure out what literally every fucking poor person in this god damned country has known since our government’s fucking inception when its flawed design destined it to become a fucking oligarchy.
Anyone actually surprised by this hasn’t been paying attention.
The significance of this article is not that it has come to a conclusion that we have known all along, but that it has assigned quantifiable data and evidence to that conclusion.
The researchers could have added patriarchal to oligarchy. Sexism is oligarchal by nature and patriarchy completely incompatible with democracy. #emptyeureka
“We have done about 15,000 films together… Helena and I.
Without even saying anything or trying anything, we are almost like trying to outweird each other.”
Someone tell me this is happening omg omg omfg
PRAISE THE LORD IF THIS HAPPENS
I would like it if they had 2 different elphabas: one that’s younger for university elphie and one that’s older for later
"LEA WANTED IT"
yeah i might’ve dropped it once or twice…
off the Eiffel tower?
found the twelve year old
this is almost as fun as ‘find the vegan’
we are not entertainment clowns. we simply eat healthy. go back to burger king.
i found the vegan
The mayor of Mississauga, Canada is a badass. via
Hazel McCallion, everbody.
92 years old,
34 years in office,
$0 in debt
$700 million in reserve
Eight prime ministers
But women aren’t strong leaders… OH WAIT.
Now I’m sure somebody’s gonna tell me something but
- supports a Palestinian state
- supports Aids CHarities
- told her city well if we cant get money y’all need to pay taxes and maintains a 76 approval rating
- nick named Hurricane Hazel
- and is so boss lady that she don’t run she’ tells folks to give that money to charity
I will always reblog this lady.
This woman is officially my new hero.
In regards to the flooding in the GTA yesterday, she apparently said that she hasn’t seen rain like that since her neighbour Noah was building a boat.
New hero in life.
Disneyworld needs to make a rollercoaster based off of the ride Yzma and Kronk take to the lair. When the ride starts, Yzma’s voice yells “pull the lever, Kronk!” and the ride starts to move backwards so she yells “wrong lever!” and it shoots you forward.
WHY IS THIS NOT HAPPENING?!
Lord Farquaad channels his inner Elphaba at the Tony Awards (x)
SO I WAS FUCKING TALKING WITH MY DAD AND
dragons came back
killed all the rich people and took their money for their horde
and then if you needed money
you would just challenge the dragon to a riddle duel
and both of us ended up agreeing that riddle duels with dragon bankers would somehow be a much fairer, less frustrating economic system than we have now
ok but before u unfollow me we gotta do a duet of ‘gotta go my own way’ sorry i dont make the rules
so hey picture this:
Aaron Tveit singing ‘Let It Go’ in the shower