A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
 
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
 
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

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wilwheaton:

laughterkey:

taleasoldastimelords:

murdercityboulevard:

heyfunniest:

Visual Representation of $1 Trillion.

shit

Hello yes we are 17 of that in debt god bless America

17 of that.

I wish people would get as worked up over irresponsible and wasteful military spending, or the prison industrial complex as they do about the deficit.

It won’t ever stop.

caleatkinson:

The Adventures of Batman and Bear-Robin!
In Gif form! :P

amyokuda:

Hahaha love this.

amyokuda:

Hahaha love this.

Once in a while I act like a child to feel like a kid again
It gets like a prison in the body I’m living in
‘Cause everyone’s watching and quick to start talking
I’m losing my innocence
Wish I were a little boy without the weight of the world

It would be nice to start over again Before we were men
I’d give, I’d bend, let’s play pretend

Remember the times we had soda for wine and we got by on gratitude
The worst they could do to you was check your attitude
Yeah, when fights were for fun we had water in guns
And a place we could call our own
How we lost hold of home I guess I’ll never know

It would be nice to start over again Before we were men
I’d give, I’d bend, let’s play pretend
And when it’s the end our lives will make sense
We’ll love, we’ll bend, let’s play pretend

It’s not gonna be long before we’re all gone with nothing to show for them
Stop taking lives, come on, let’s all grow up again

It would be nice to start over again Before we were men
I’d give, I’d bend, let’s play pretend
And when it’s the end our lives will make sense
We’ll love, we’ll bend, let’s play pretend

the-fuck-mothering-vampire:

genicecream:

that-darn-hyena:

skully-pens:

cosmicremix:

tordles:

thingsthatsuckass:

marcovicci:

ah yes. my gender is blue with pink leg


so this is killing me cause my mind immediately thought.

and this is why im not allowed to be part of actual serious discussions.

i DONT UNDERSTAND THIS AT ALL I KEEP IMAGINING 



I feel particularly close to this one:



THIS POST GET’S MORE FUCKIN HILARIOUS EVERY TIME I SEE IT!

I made a thing aswell.

So scandalous~

hello friends



Bless this site

the-fuck-mothering-vampire:

genicecream:

that-darn-hyena:

skully-pens:

cosmicremix:

tordles:

thingsthatsuckass:

marcovicci:

ah yes. my gender is blue with pink leg

so this is killing me cause my mind immediately thought.

and this is why im not allowed to be part of actual serious discussions.

i DONT UNDERSTAND THIS AT ALL I KEEP IMAGINING 

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I feel particularly close to this one:

THIS POST GET’S MORE FUCKIN HILARIOUS EVERY TIME I SEE IT!

I made a thing aswell.

So scandalous~

hello friends

Bless this site

The disastrous 2010 Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United threw out campaign funding laws that limited what wealthy individuals and corporations could spend on elections. Since that ruling, campaign spending by Adelson, the Koch brothers and a handful of other billionaire families has fundamentally undermined American democracy. If present trends continue, elections will not be decided by one-person, one-vote, but by a small number of very wealthy families who spend huge amounts of money supporting right-wing candidates who protect their interests.
 
This process — a handful of the wealthiest people in our country controlling the political process — is called “oligarchy.”
 
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.

shevathegun:

callmekitto:

seraphatonin:

"um starfire’s powers are fueled by the sun that’s why she has to wear skimpy clothes" hey u know who else’s powers are fueled by the sun? superman. come on clark time for that toothfloss speedo chop chop

his nipples are covered by tiny capes

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truth, justice, and the american way

utter-fucktard:

If a 7 year old realises gender stereotyping is wrong and you don’t, something is very wrong with you.

utter-fucktard:

If a 7 year old realises gender stereotyping is wrong and you don’t, something is very wrong with you.