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Sunday, April 20, 2014

US is an oligarchy, not a democracy


The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite.

So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.

This is not news, you say.
Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here's how they explain it:
Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.
In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.
The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.
"A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time," they write, "while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time."
On the other hand:
When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.
They conclude:
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 we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

Eric Zuess, writing in Counterpunch, isn't surprised by the survey's results.
"American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it's pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation's "news" media)," he writes. "The US, in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious 'electoral' 'democratic' countries. We weren't formerly, but we clearly are now."
This is the "Duh Report", says Death and Taxes magazine's Robyn Pennacchia. Maybe, she writes, Americans should just accept their fate.
"Perhaps we ought to suck it up, admit we have a classist society and do like England where we have a House of Lords and a House of Commoners," she writes, "instead of pretending as though we all have some kind of equal opportunity here."

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Aitzaz Bangish

Aitzaz Bangish

"A Pakistani teenager has been recommended for a civilian award, after he was killed when tackling a suicide bomber who had targeted his school.
Aitzaz Hasan, 15, is being hailed as a hero for confronting the attacker, who then detonated his vest.

The police chief in KP province wrote in his letter of recommendation to the provincial government that Aitzaz had sacrificed his life, "but by this valiant act of his, he was able to save lives of many other young children". There were said to be about 2,000 students at Aitzaz's school at the time of the attack.
Despite the pleas of his fellow students, he decided to confront and capture the bomber who was approaching the school, his cousin told the BBC's Aleem Maqbool.
"He told them 'I'm going to stop him. He is going to school to kill my friends'. He wanted to capture this suicide bomber. He wanted to stop [him]. Meanwhile the suicide bomber blasted himself which resulted in the death of my cousin," Mudassar Hassan Bangish said."

One brave teenager, humble follower was not that brave at age 15. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Free the Nipple!

Filmmaker Lina Esco is waging "Jihad" against Facebook's double standards on the "Nipple". Please support her in her efforts to get the "Nipple" free. USA is a free country (supposedly) and everyone including Nipple should be free.

Holyman Circus fully supports "Free the Nipple", and is seriously 'wondering" to start "Free the Penis" campaign.

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

President Obama a secret Muslim?

To the humble monk Ted Cruz,  Sarah Palin and rest of the GOP folks seem to be secret Muslims, what do you think?

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