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Opinion | The Biden Fallacy - The New York Times
But this is a faulty view of how progress happens. Struggle against the powerful, not accommodation of their interests, is how Americans produced the conditions for its greatest social accomplishments like the creation of the welfare state and the toppling of Jim Crow. Without radical labor activism that identifies capitalism — and the bosses — as the vector for oppression and disadvantage, there is no New Deal. Without a confrontational (and at times militant) black freedom movement, there is no Civil Rights Act. If one of the central problems of the present is an elite economic class that hoards resources and opportunity at the expense of the public as a whole, then it’s naïve and ahistoric to believe the beneficiaries of that arrangement will willingly relinquish their power and privilege.
jamelle-bouie  democracy  incrementalism  nytimes.com  inequality  progress  politics  privilege  presidential-elections 
february 2019 by yolandaenoch
Rin Chupeco: Exploring journalism + revisionist history about civility when dealing with hate
Original Thread: https://twitter.com/RinChupeco/status/1011459751660552192

Speaking as someone born in the last years of a dictatorship, you Americans are already several steps in one. Ferdinand Marcos' greatest trick was convincing people all protesters were communist animals, so when they went missing, few cared. Even after bodies were discovered.
civility  social-justice  tone-policing  racism  sexism  homophobia  islamaphobia  lgbt-issues  civil-rights  twitter-moments  fascism  phillipines  donald-trump  republicans  nazis  empathy  rin-chupeco  communism  democracy  dictatorship  journalism 
june 2018 by yolandaenoch
Princeton Study Concludes: US Is An Oligarchy, Not A Democracy
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 US public. Comparing the preferences of the avg 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. // Big corporations, the ultra-wealthy and special interests with a lot of money and power essentially make all of the decisions.
oligarchy  democracy  united-states  government 
january 2016 by yolandaenoch

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