Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It's Not a Democracy

skepticalavenger:

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.

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This has been floating around the interwebs for the last couple of days.  The reaction of myself and many others has been basically “No shit!  And you mean to tell me water is wet too?”

The fact that we’ve known this for a while doesn’t make it any less painful though.

Of course, we’ve never been a democracy.  We are supposed to be a representative republic.  In a way we still may be, except that our representatives are mainly only representing the oligarchs these days.  At least at the federal level.

tentacoolaid:

i love this bible verse

tentacoolaid:

i love this bible verse

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awwww-cute:

A bunny and his corn

Want.

awwww-cute:

A bunny and his corn

Want.

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'If I met you in person…' Finish it in my ask.

floweranger:

do you ever see your face from a different angle and have a mental breakdown

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tyleroakley:

troyesivan:

i still dont know what the frick nouns verbs and adjectives are

update:

But still no punctuation. Smh.

Reblog if you’re fat.

hayamandarae:

*screams*

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polarbear-fishbiscuits:

wannabefashionjournalist:

al-the-stuff-i-like:

To think that some people don’t see a problem with society is disturbing

it’s not just disturbing, it’s fucking scary. 

Y’all “rape culture doesn’t exist” preachers can fuck RIGHT off

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thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

thelonelyscarecrow:

castiels-time-traveler:

nintendocanada:

mapsontheweb:

Map of the World by Natural Skin Color

i’m really dumbfounded that i never realized skin colour is literally just caused by being closer to or farther from the equator and the resulting sun exposure and skin darkening

actually, its an adaptation. natural selection. people with darker skin are selected for in areas near the equator, where the melanin that causes the darker color protects them from radiation and protects them from skin cancer and other health defects, and because they are healthier they can pass on that trait more. people near the poles have lighter skin because it allows them absorb more of the limited sunlight to convert to vitamin d. 

THIS IS THE THING SOME PEOPLE HATE OTHER PEOPLE OVER.

Evolution of melanin levels based on geographical location.

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