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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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This is REALLY important.

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watchtheskytonight:

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sovietkittens:

if you go to hell for being bad why wouldn’t satan reward you for it why does he make you suffer wtf id be like hell yeah motherfucker you my nigga lets party

i started to laugh and then i realized that this is actually a really valid question

Alternatively, if Satan punishes sinners, why isn’t he considered good?

If the Pope dies, is he being promoted or fired?

We’re becoming self aware

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pugsies:

Scene Queens: Where Are They Now?

Episode One

i didn’t know just how badly i needed to see this

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    I Can't Make You Love Me
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    Bon Iver

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thrashachusetts:

The buttered popcorn jelly bean is life changing

i’m gagging

It’s so good though

The buttered popcorn jelly bean is life changing

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thrashachusetts:

Today this 40 yearold dad in line at Dunks asked me why I was wearing a Black Flag rip off shirt (Massachusetts is a Coffin comp) and I told him what it meant and he was surprised Hardcore was a thing and started talking about taking the bus to NYC shows back in the day and seeing cro mags and Madball so I told him to checkout a ton of bands in the area and he was really stoked about it. Hardcore rules.

That rules and you’re too cute.

Ey thanks

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Today this 40 yearold dad in line at Dunks asked me why I was wearing a Black Flag rip off shirt (Massachusetts is a Coffin comp) and I told him what it meant and he was surprised Hardcore was a thing and started talking about taking the bus to NYC shows back in the day and seeing cro mags and Madball so I told him to checkout a ton of bands in the area and he was really stoked about it. Hardcore rules.

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hairandbones:

thrashachusetts ‘s posts in the ideas group are my fucking favorite

*sunglasses emjoii*

me too dude

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