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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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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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follow me if you like sunsets plants animals and boosting my ego @ ellzell

follow me if you like sunsets plants animals and boosting my ego @ ellzell

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lmao i was watching the anaconda video on our big tv in the living room and my dad walked in and at first he had this really confused look and finally said “what the hell is this” and i just said “nicki minaj” then they started shaking asses and he started going “uh oh” “oh no”

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forthefallentac00s:

forthefallentac00s:

this is my baby happy, She is the sweetest puppy you’ll ever meet and she loves everyone she meets. On monday morning she was hit by a car which left her hip bone and her spine fractured (as shown in the picture above: her legs are so messed up she cant sit properly ; she is very doped up on pain medicine rn). She is under the care of doctor lowry at the talladega veterinary clinic. She needs surgery but we cant afford it - the cost is over $5000. If she doesn’t have the surgery they will put her to sleep. This is an immediate situation. you can donate here:
http://www.gofundme.com/dmbczc  
Or you can donate directly to the clinic You can donate directly to the clinic -under Happy’s account. 923 north st. E. talladega, al 35160 or call (256-362-6764)(7am -5pm)
Ive seen people do these types of things for disney land or some other types of surgery, so please please PLEASE help me save my baby’s life, please
If you can’t donate please just signal boost on whatever website you can so someone who can donate can see this and donate.
I have never asked anyone on this website for anything, please i am  begging you to save her life.

please keep this trending !!! #helphappy
IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE BOYCOTTING GOFUNDME SO I MADE A NEW WEBSITE YOU CAN DONATE TO http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/please-help-save-happy/225994
GOD BLESS YOU CAN PLEASE CONTINUE TO SPREAD THIS AROUND PLEASE

forthefallentac00s:

forthefallentac00s:

this is my baby happy, She is the sweetest puppy you’ll ever meet and she loves everyone she meets. On monday morning she was hit by a car which left her hip bone and her spine fractured (as shown in the picture above: her legs are so messed up she cant sit properly ; she is very doped up on pain medicine rn). She is under the care of doctor lowry at the talladega veterinary clinic. She needs surgery but we cant afford it - the cost is over $5000. If she doesn’t have the surgery they will put her to sleep. This is an immediate situation. you can donate here:

http://www.gofundme.com/dmbczc 

Or you can donate directly to the clinic You can donate directly to the clinic -under Happy’s account. 923 north st. E. talladega, al 35160 or call (256-362-6764)(7am -5pm)

Ive seen people do these types of things for disney land or some other types of surgery, so please please PLEASE help me save my baby’s life, please

If you can’t donate please just signal boost on whatever website you can so someone who can donate can see this and donate.

I have never asked anyone on this website for anything, please i am  begging you to save her life.

please keep this trending !!! #helphappy

IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE BOYCOTTING GOFUNDME SO I MADE A NEW WEBSITE YOU CAN DONATE TO http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/please-help-save-happy/225994

GOD BLESS YOU CAN PLEASE CONTINUE TO SPREAD THIS AROUND PLEASE

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dan-and-his-hormones:

Ferguson police are being sued for $40mil, +++ some of the officers are facing individual lawsuits for rights infringement. fucking break those cops. 

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"Women don’t speak out against catcalling because they are “sanctimonious.” They speak out against it because it’s threatening and demeaning. Catcalling is terrifying specifically because it has the potential to turn into physical violence at any moment if the woman does the “wrong” thing. Writer Soraya Chemaly has documented just a few of these many news stories.

It’s disturbing that Lewak is so desperate for random men to approve of her appearance that she’s willing to take the risk that these interactions turn sour–not only that, but she’s willing to take that risk for all of us. She writes, “Oh, don’t go rolling those sanctimonious eyes at me, young women of Vassar: I may court catcalls, but I hold my head high. Enjoying male attention doesn’t make you a traitor to your gender.”

Most people who are attracted to men enjoy some sort of male attention, but not all of us enjoy it from any man, at any time, in any place. Kind of like I love pizza, but I don’t want people to shove pizza in my face every time I leave my apartment. Actually, I would probably start to kind of hate pizza if that happened, especially if trying to refuse the pizza led to slurs and threats of violence."

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i either have an inflamed or torn rhomboid/teres muscle and it was really bad last week but then I didn’t feel it all this week until today when i had to demonstrate a doorway stretch for a pt patient and i felt a huge twinge and now it’s been bothering me all night and if i take a deep breath it feels like it’s gonna snap

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this dog baby is using my thigh as a pillow

this dog baby is using my thigh as a pillow

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One of Beyoncé’s models for her VMA Vanguard Award performance tells a story about how Beyoncé comforted her before the show began. So sweet!

(Source: thequeenbey)


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