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A review of Gilens and Page "Testing Theories of American Politics"
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My take away from 60 years with you? It's all about suck up and kiss ass.
You figure you can stand off Putin? maybe you just don't figure. 
You don't get rewarded for "figure". You get rewarded for lick dick.
60 years.
I haven't jumped off a bridge. Yet. But you're disgusting. (Get that bit? you're disgusting. you're disheartening. you cause mental damage. FFS. WTF.)
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"The source of that inequality has changed, as the past thirty/forty years have been dominated by the financial class and rampant executive corruption, but the American economy has always required inequality to function. ... The post-WWII period is notable for the lowest levels of inequality in the modern era, but the drivers of that prosperity (the GI Bill, construction of the highway system, low-interest home loans) deliberately left black people out, and the moments of robust public investment that have benefited racial minorities and women have always been followed by a resurgence of concern over government spending and “state’s rights.”"
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"Russian markets have been rattled by the tensions with neighboring Ukraine, where Russia annexed the Black Sea region of Crimea last month. The main stock index tanked 10 percent in March, wiping out billions in market capitalization. In the first three months of 2014, the ruble lost 9 percent against the dollar, making imports more expensive, while spooked investors pulled about $70 billion out of the country — more than in all of 2013."
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I'm really sad that nobody (in nearly 15yrs) has been at all interested in my work. Bloviating cracker? kewl. Let's look at that.

In contrast to the totally toxic "Birds of a Feather" dynamic of WWW (It's actually low-grade cult behaviour ... totally suppresses individuality and rewards conformity.) "discourse" is about showing interest in other persons' internal process.
Payoff? individuals start appreciating their own internal process. Which you don't. 
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Gilens and Page "Testing Theories of American Politics"
"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."
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FWIW I'm trying to track down the 1,779 "instances of proposed policy change" they used. Or "Mark Smith examined 2,364 “business unity” issues – over a period of four decades." Or "an index of the sort that Baumgartner and his colleagues developed for their ninety-eight policy issues." These data sets are like the holy grail for my glaspelenspiel project.
This set of issues and opinions would act as a foundation for discussion of basic policy issues.

Gilens and Page also included this note:
"(Our data set includes only policies thought to be important enough for a national opinion survey to ask a question about it.)"
"An important feature of interest group influence is that it is often deployed against proposed policy changes. On the 1,357 proposed policy changes for which at least one interest group was coded as favoring or opposing change ..."
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I wonder: do baby-boom / yuppie women of a certain age relate to the term "crone"?
My X did, but she was a real special sort. #CoHousing 
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"We asked former home secretary David Blunkett and other experts how to involve #peopleinpolitics. Here's what they said."
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"'democracy' remains an incredibly positive notion. The contemporary problem seems to be that large sections of the public want 'democracy' but without the 'politics'."
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The armies of the North declared: slavery was wrong.
As a young man I would say: Putin's fascism is wrong.
To every generation ...

Yuppies want immortal life in wealth.
Human beings are not insane.
Have a thought. Go ahead ... do it ... have a thought.
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How does leading a successful bourgeois life make our community better? Guess what ... it doesn't.
Consume more. Consume more. And yet more. 

Who honestly thinks that only drug addicts are junkies?

Putin has a very clear view of the human experience. He's probably more correct than you are. Because ... somewhere along the way ... you figured that duck / evade / escape / avoid was the secret of survival.
And it is. For lower mammals. But not for persons. Persons are different.
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