Posts Tagged ‘American exceptionalism’
Friday, April 18th, 2014
The U.S. Supreme Court, the Roberts court, regularly finds in favor of corporations over individuals. In two landmark cases, Citizens United (2010) and McCutcheon (2014), the court gave wealthy individuals unlimited control over the political process — electing politicians and influencing lawmakers concerning public policy laws.
Now comes an empirical analysis of 1,779 public policy laws crafted between 1981 and 2002 by two academic political scientists — Martin Gilens at Princeton and Benjamin Page at Northwestern. The conclusions suggest that oligarchy (or more technically plutocracy) better describes the U.S. than a simple electoral democracy. This is a shot across the bow to defenders of American exceptionalism.
Tags: American exceptionalism, biased pluralism, citizen powerlessness, Democracy Now, oligarchy, power of business groups
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Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
The recent Teachable Moment presented itself when the Cambridge, MA cop (Sgt. Crowley) arrested the Harvard professor (Henry Gates) in his own home and Pres. Obama dared to utter an empirical truth/fact about racial profiling because he knew the phenomenon well enough to speak spontaneously about it. The opportunity for the Moment passed once the media framed it as Obama’s overzealous conclusion about police stupidity without knowing “all the facts in the case.”
We’re doomed it seems to never learn, or worse, never be able to teach ourselves to learn. This happens for several reasons. (more…)
Tags: American Dream, American exceptionalism, Cambridge Police, Crowley, Gates, Lamberth, Lowell Police Academy, medical bankruptcy, Obama, racial profiling, teachable moments
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