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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 we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.
While this may be a big “duh” to a lot of U.S. citizens, a recent study which has been made open for public viewing concludes that the United States’ system of government is closer to that of a (corporate) oligarchy than it is a democracy. That is to say that power is vested within a small group of people, as opposed to the majority.
Historically speaking, oligarchies generally devolve into tyrannical states due to the concentration of power (usually based on class) with a smaller group of people who generally do not agree with the interests or preferences of the majority; these types of frictions lead to oppression by making some people more “equal” than others, as demonstrated in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, essentially giving people certain rights, but allowing those rights more freely to certain groups.
Here’s the link for more information about the PS244 fundraising campaign.
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Check it out! The good folks dropped me a line about this project last week, and I’m happy to boost for Library Week.
Learning to Speak Paiute Lesson 2 with Myron Dewey: http://lrinspire.com/2014/03/26/learning-to-speak-paiute-lesson-02/
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SANTA ANA – The mother of a 14-year-old boy captured on videotape pinned beneath a Santa Ana school police officer said Thursday that her son deserves to be punished for tagging, but not to the extent shown on screen.
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Residents in Chula Vista will soon be able to have more access to organic vegetables once a local community garden is completed.
Chula Vista’s first community garden will be located at 960 Fifth Ave., in a lot directly behind the South Bay Baptist Church.
Judy Jacoby, founder and president of the San Diego Community Garden Network, said while the church owns the land where the community garden is located, the garden is not affiliated with the church.
“The garden is basically for anybody who lives in Chula Vista,” Jacoby said.
“The idea of the garden is to provide not only a place to garden, but also a place for people in the community to come and meet and do things,” she said. “We’re trying to incorporate art in the garden, and science in the garden, and any other types of things that people decide they would like to do there,” she said.
Jacoby said current plans for the garden include hosting a living laboratory class for science, technology, engineering and math courses.
Helping with the community garden are community members and Chula Vista City Council candidates Mike Spethman and Burt Grossman.
While both men didn’t get their hands dirty, they voluntarily provided resources to help the garden come to life…
The garden will be managed by local gardeners, Jacoby said.
Jacoby said residents can grow tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, cilantro and peppers, the list she said doesn’t end there. The garden will also serve as a composting site for the city of Chula Vista.
A grand opening is scheduled for April 19.
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