In my college sociology class we played 'sociopoly'. It was Monopoly but each player was randomly given a social class at the beginning of the game that determined what rules they played by. The 'poor' player got 50 for passing go, the 'working class' player got 100 for passing go, the 'middle class' player got 200 for passing go, and the 'rich' player got 500 for passing go and got to change a rule whenever they wanted. There were more rules but that was the gist.
I got the middle class role. I made several good deals and got the poor and working class players on my side. Whenever the rich player tried to change the rules, I would make a big show of how that was unfair and shame her into backing down.
By the end of the game I had led my socialist coalition to victory. The rich player became bankrupt, and I had more money and assets than the rich player ever had, all I had to do was feed scraps to the other players.
Academics always assume right wing populism is anti-democratic and assume that the population requires an elite to determine truth for them. They never question that it might be them who are responsible for the rapid deterioration in culture, and them who may be responsible for the threatened end of democracy.
They assume that if they disagree with the common person that the common person must be wrong due to their poor education. They assume that their ecochamber holds within all truths, and that those outside their ivory towers lack the vision that they do. The commoner is baser and selfish, but their cosmopolitan sensibilities certainly allow them to make the best choices for everyone.
The academic who argued this assumes that because people have lost faith in institutions that democracy is threatened. What he ignores is that people have lost faith in the institutions because they have grown corrupt and malevolent. Don't blame people for tearing down academia when it is no longer fit for purpose. Don't blame people for tearing down media when it is no longer fit for purpose. Don't blame people for voting in someone who represents their interests rather than yours.
These laws are unambiguously unconstitutional. If these laws don't get struck down by the Supreme Court we are in serious trouble.
Forcing companies to give users the reason why they banned/restricted their accounts should be required by law, and being banned for any reason not laid out explicitly in a EULA should be an unenforceable contract. Companies need to be held to contracts just as users are, and users should be able to take it to court if the company is in the wrong. Simple accountability would go a long way.
The US should also pass laws preventing competing companies from sharing user data. You shouldn't get banned from one site then be banned from a competing site for what you did off site.
Have a bottle thrown at you by a group of people who had been stalking you all day and had already assaulted some of your friends. Chase after the people who threw a bottle at you and get into a fight. 15 years in prison.
Assault several innocent bystanders with a heavy metal object. On camera; hit someone who's trying to keep the peace in the back of the head, causing severe bleeding. OFF ON PROBATION
Lies about WMD's in Iraq
Has a show on a black hole swallowing an airplane
Pushed the Duke lacrosse and UVA rape hoaxes
Lies about Assad's goverment committing gas attacks on civilians
Tells Americans that it is illegal for the them to view WikiLeaks documents, but it is different for the press
Gives a presidential candidate questions to a debate ahead of time
Lies about a president colluding with Russia for 3 years
Has producers and anchors admit on camera that there is nothing to the Russia story, then lie and say the videos are doctored
Has an anchor repeatedly cause scenes at
White House press briefings, including pushing the arm of a White House staffer
Lies about a video of that anchor pushing the staffer being doctored
Taunts a man using his dead mother to do so
Finds the name of someone who made a meme mocking them and threaten to dox him if he doesn't apologize
Finds the name of someone who shared a meme mocking Pelosi and doxes him thinking he made the meme
Pushed the hoaxes against Brett Kavanaugh
Lies about the Covington kids
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There should be a Constitutional Amendment preventing out of state funding for state and local elections.
If you are representing a state, you should only be funded from that state. If you are representing a district, you should only be funded from that district. If you are representing a city, you should only be funded from that city.
Pro-choice people are always finding themselves twisted into knots over situations like this. What you are feeling is cognitive dissonance.
This isn't a moral dilemma, this is you bending over backwards to not acknowledged your double think.
Even though this pool of 1 million was released into the country, got their day in court, got due process, and were then legally ordered to leave; the Democrats are still going protest, obstruct, ratchet up the rhetoric, and continue the violent escalations.
Even when you play by Democrat rules, they will move the goal posts until they get the outcome they want; gaining total power. Damn the costs.
Guess people in private can't joke about their job to deal the with stress, or express doubt about a news story.
I wonder how this fb group was leaked :thinking: