active role for government

anonymous asked:

How can Bernie Sanders still win?

What are you talking about, Bernie Sanders DID Win

He may not have won the nomination or the presidency, but he is winning the cultural war. He even told us what he wanted during the campaign, “I’m asking people to be part of a movement - a political revolution - to transform our country, economically, politically, socially and environmentally.

If you are measuring Bernie Sanders success by what he told us his goal was, he has won. Millions of people who have never participated in politics are taking an active role in our Government. They are demanding that their interests are represented. In the words of Bernie Sanders:

Congratulations, whether you know it or not, you are now part of the political revolution.

- @theliberaltony

Tiberius

The Death of Tiberius, by Jean Paul Laurens

Upon the death of Augustus, Tiberius Claudius Nero stood as the last logical choice in a long and tumultuous line of potential heirs. In 14 AD, at the age of 56, Tiberius ascended to Imperial power as a somewhat uncertain figure. The continuation and success of the newly created Principate rested squarely on the shoulders of a man who seemingly had only a partial interest in his own personal participation.

For the first time the transfer of power from the greatness of Augustus was to be tested. The passing of this test would prove to be more a culmination of Augustus’ long reign and establishment of precedent than the ability of Tiberius to fill the enormous sandals of his step-father.

While Augustus was the perfect political tactician with powerful personality yet approachable demeanor, Tiberius was a direct contrast. He was a dark figure, keenly intelligent, sometimes terribly cunning and ruthless, yet pre-disposed to a more Republican ideal than any emperor that followed him. Tiberius’ failures, however seem to have been his inability to define his own role within the Principate and the roles of those around him, including the Senate. While he professed a desire for the Senate to play a more active role in Imperial government, he did little to illustrate what these roles should be. To an aristocratic body that had been cowed into general subservience through the sheer will and force of Augustus, defining a new role required more definitive action than the simple desire of Tiberius for change.

He was inconsistent in policy and behavior, sometimes dictating his own idea of order from the position of ultimate power, sometimes withdrawing completely in favor of any who might dictate the appearance of command. Mood swings and depression plagued him, perhaps resulting from a life spent as an uncertain member of the ‘Julio-Claudian’ family. Until his final ascension, and only after the deaths of several favored ‘heirs’, did Tiberius probably know for sure that the ultimate power would actually belong to him. His own withdrawal from public life in the midst of Augustus’ search for permanent familial hierarchy (12 BC - 2 AD), certainly indicates a detachment from desire for ultimate power. His second withdrawal from public life, later in his actual reign, would prove to be the ultimate undoing of his own legacy. His susceptibility to the scheming of those around him, while possibly hoping for someone to emerge to allow his own escape, made Tiberius, and Rome itself, vulnerable to tyranny and uncertainty.

From the very beginning of his reign, Tiberius was shrouded with uncertainty. When the Senate convened to confirm him, the procedure was completely unknown. Augustus had assumed power over a period of years through a systematic assembling of various Republican powers, while Tiberius was to be handed the entire thing, all at once, on a platter. Like Augustus’ before him, he seemingly made an attempt to refuse the ultimate power of the state, instead preferring a more limited role. But his desires were apparently unclear, and the Senate too was certainly unsure of what action to take. After some consternation, Tiberius eventually accepted the highest order of power. Still, Tiberius left evidence of his own desire to be rid of the mantle of authority, being the only emperor to refuse the title 'Pater Patriae’ (father of the country).

Tiberius’ behavior in governing matters, especially in interaction with the Senate was confusing at best. Despite efforts to get them to return to at least a semblance of Republican rule, his view of them, 'men fit to be slaves’ coupled with his own liberal use of the treason laws, certainly left the Senate frightened and confused. This relationship would never improve, and in fact would worsen, thanks to the rise of men like Sejanus. Tiberius’ would be blasted by later Roman historians, all of whom would have ties to the Senatorial elite, and therefore, despite a generally solid rule (especially in terms of provincial administration), his legacy was permanently stained. However, Tiberius was faced with more trouble than that caused by political uncertainty between he and the Senate.

anonymous asked:

Did Cersei really wait half her life for power? Robert was extremely uninterested in ruling & it is tradition for queens/ladies to run their castles and such. Would Jon Arryn have prevented her from looking over tariffs or deciding policies on fishing rights if Cersei had shone an interest?

On the risk of sounding pedantic, that’s not the exact quote

The rule was hers; Cersei did not mean to give it up until Tommen came of age. I waited, so can he. I waited half my life. She had played the dutiful daughter, the blushing bride, the pliant wife. She had suffered Robert’s drunken groping, Jaime’s jealousy, Renly’s mockery, Varys with his titters, Stannis endlessly grinding his teeth. She had contended with Jon Arryn, Ned Stark, and her vile, treacherous, murderous dwarf brother, all the while promising herself that one day it would be her turn. If Margaery Tyrell thinks to cheat me of my hour in the sun, she had bloody well think again.  

The rule is hers. The castle and the kingdom and realm are hers. It may not seem like a major difference on first glance but it speaks of the kind of power Cersei has wanted and waited for half her life. She does not want a woman’s power as set by the prevailing gendered power structure in Westeros, neither is she exactly happy with the notion of dependency on her lord, be it her father or her husband, for power or having to submit to their will and be bound by their permission. Cersei hates the restrictions the patriarchy set on her and how she is repeatedly dismissed because of her gender. It had been ingrained in her since she was a child that she is inherently inferior because of her gender which led her to internalize a lot of misogyny and hatred of her own gender and to yearn for the kind of power her male relatives have. She conceives of herself as being Tywin’s only true son and as such, she wants the kind of power men have, not merely a higher degree of the lesser power afforded to women in Westeros.

Cersei wants to rule, she wants the Iron Throne. That’s what she literally dreams of. She wants to be “high above them all“, to rule and have the highest power in Westeros and be the ultimate governing authority with no one, no man, to control her or limit the extent of her power or push her aside to rule himself. She has spent years under the authority of misogynistic men who abused her whichever way they wanted and exacted their patriarchal power on her, between an emotionally abusive father whose affection for her was directly proportional to her worth as a marriage pawn insofar as she contributes to  Lannister legacy and power, and a drunken abusive husband who had zero regard for her. She has desired the kind of power these men wielded to be her own power that’s not dependent on them or restricted by their will and what they allow her to do.

As far as Cersei is concerned, this is her reward for all she has suffered, the dream she has harbored and kept buried inside. Her chance to surpass her father and show herself to be Tywin Lannister’s true heir, something she strove to prove for so long so she could show him that the daughter he dismissed is worthier than the golden son he prized. As Queen Regent and Lady of Casterly Rock in her own right, Cersei, for the first time ever, has no man to check her power or force her to bow to his will, and she will not abide having that kind of power taken from her or for someone to encroach on her authority in any conceivable way, be it Margaery, Kevan, Jaime or even Tommen himself. This is the power Cersei has waited half her life for, not some crumbs her hated husband threw her (not that I think Robert would have ever allowed her to take an active role in governing the realm in the first place). Any power Cerse might or might not have had under Robert simply can not compare to her having sole royal authority with the wealth of Casterly Rock at her disposal and under her directive.

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Justin Trudeau: Bring Bissan Home!
#BringBissanHome [Français ci-dessous] For over four months, Bissan Eid, a 24 year old Concordia graduate student has been prevented from leaving the Palestinian territory of Gaza.

For over four months, Bissan Eid, a 24 year old Concordia graduate student has been prevented from leaving the Palestinian territory of Gaza. She is in urgent need of support from the Canadian government to secure an exit visa from the Israeli government.

In June 2016, Bissan, a Canadian citizen since 2005, travelled to Gaza to get married and to visit her aging grandparents. When she tried to travel back to Canada, she was prevented from leaving due to the slow processing of her exit visa by the Israeli authorities, who seldom prioritize the applications of Palestinians from Gaza who hold other passports .

Beyond the difficulties of living in Gaza, her inability to return to Canada is detrimental for two reasons. First, she is pregnant and expected to give birth in May. She is having a difficult pregnancy and is in need of medical attention in Canada. Further, she wants to be surrounded by friends and family for her child’s birth. Second, after successfully completing a bachelor’s degree in science and civil engineering from Concordia in 2015, Bissan is pursuing a masters in civil engineering at the same university. She has already completed one year of studies in her program but was unable to enrol in the Winter semester as she is blocked from leaving Gaza.

“Bissan is risking her life now in Gaza, she must to come back to her country, Canada, as soon as possible to live the normal life she deserves and has the right to live, like all Canadian citizens,” outlines Hadi Eid, Bissan’s father.

The Canadian government must take an active role in supporting Bissan’s efforts to secure an exit permit from Gaza, so that she can return to Canada via Jordan. The Canadian government needs to make immediate steps with both Israeli and Jordanian authorities to secure this exit permit.

Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made very public pronouncements about diversity being Canada’s “strength” and the fundamental humanity of all Canadians despite origin or religious background. We are calling on the Liberal government and Trudeau to take action in Bissan’s case so that she may receive the support she urgently needs.

anonymous asked:

how would you argue against the west needing low skilled immigrants to sustain any economic growth and to pay taxes for services?

One: Preference for small government is a White Anglo phenomenon. Non-White minorities overwhelmingly favour a more active role for government in the economy and public life. The politics of the given country becomes more left wing and grows slower as a result of mass non-White migration.

Two: Low skilled migration from the global south is and always has been a political project. Andrew Neather, Blair’s former speechwriter, spilled the beans in 2009. Economic necessity is just a trendy bad faith argument they adopted once they had already transformed the country as they wanted to.

Three: Birth rates decline in social democracies and give the state an excuse to have large scale migration to replace the missing workforce. Mass migration is a secondary effect of a state that’s too large.

Four: Only White nations accept requests to bring in great swathes of foreign labour to service economic growth. Japan doesn’t think the solution to its declining birth rates and stagnating economy is to alter the social fabric of the entire nation by mass migration, with consequences nobody can yet comprehend.

anonymous asked:

It's actually not strange in history for kings' sisters to play active roles in government, ex. Mihrimah Sultan, Marguerite de Navarre, Lozen. However, what makes Sansa different (besides the fact she's really Jon's cousin) is that she's acting as his CONSORT. She's now basically his work-wife and emotional rock. Sophie's adamant that Jonsa are the true King and Queen of the North, regardless of their "sibling" state or Demanding Tangerine.

:)

The Capitalist system still faces a crisis of legitimacy, stemming from the [2008] Crash. Now is the time that government took a more active role in restructuring our economy. Now is the time that corporate boardrooms were held accountable for their actions; now is the time that we developed a new model of economic management to replace the failed dogmas of neoliberalism.
                                                                                                                         That is why Labour is looking not just to repair the damage done by austerity, but to transform our economy; with a new and dynamic role for the public sector, particularly where the private sector has so evidently failed.
—  Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Conference Speech
Imagine Ben Solo:

So I’m an emotional wreck after that Civil War trailer and to cheer myself up I made up some Smuggler!Ben Solo headcanons.

So Imagine Ben Solo:

  • Imagine little Ben Solo growing up without a lick of Force sensitivity, without Snoke fucking around in his head and grooming him from a young age.
  • Imagine Ben going with Leia to all of the New Republic meetings, meeting new people and growing up in the aftermath of the great Civil War. Coming of age with the New Republic and knowing that his parents had an active role in creating the new government. And while there’s a lot of pressure on his shoulders (Leia Organa does cast a pretty big shadow) there aren’t nearly as many people looking at him and wondering if he’s going to turn into Vader. The diplomats are polite to his face, to his parents face, but as he gets older he begins to notice the side glances.
  • Imagine Ben Solo starting to hear the whispers, the princess of Alderaan marrying a Corellian smuggler? A man who didn’t understand any of the finer points of running a government, who stuck out like a sore thumb at all of the meetings and parties. Did you see what that smuggler wore? He didn’t even know which fork to use, how embarrassing!
  • Ben getting so angry, moved to tears because how dare they say those things about his father?
  • Han being a good dad, finding his son and comforting him. Han explaining that he didn’t give a bantha’s ass what anyone thought about him because he had his family, and he loved them and that was enough.
  • But it does bother Han a little bit, that his son is only being exposed to the political side of the New Republic.
  • Han deciding that it’s time to introduce Ben to his people; the working class, the somewhat less reputable sort who don’t know which fabrics to pair with which jewels, but they do know how to patch a fuel line with a glob of sealant and a piece of nerf-hide.
  • Ben Solo going on runs with his dad and uncle Chewie, learning how to avoid checkpoints and hide cargo and— Remember, Ben, mom doesn’t find out about this or we’re all in trouble.
  • Ben getting a better appreciation and understanding of compassion and sentient beings and all living beings because he meets all different kinds of people from all different kinds of life.
  • Teenage Ben Solo already fluent in several languages from spending time among the Senate and learning at the Academy with his mother and Uncle Luke.
  • Teenage Ben Solo more confident and worldly than most because he’s been all over the galaxy with his father, and is already on his way to becoming one of the best shots with a blaster.  
  • Teenage Ben Solo being able to process his emotions and deal with conflict in a healthy way, because he’s seen how diplomacy and talking can work to diffuse situations but he also knows when his words aren’t getting through, and it’s time to start throwing punches.
  • Han Solo, you will not take our son into a gambling den!
  • No, of course not, not unless you think he’s ready?
  • (Nobody thinks he’s ready)
  • Leia hoping that her son will become a Senator, will try and be an active part of the government she helped create.
  • Ben deciding that he doesn’t want anything to do with the two-faced politicians, that he would rather take after his father.
  • Ben joining Han and Chewie as they looked for the Millennium Falcon, growing up on stories of his dad’s exploits in that ship. Ben making his own stories both on his own and with his dad.
  • Ben Solo getting into all sorts of crazy situations, some that he can talk his way out of and others… not so much. Leia hearing about these insane exploits and being livid with her son for risking his life and being so reckless, but privately thrilled with the fact that he’s so much like his father and proud at how resourceful he is.
  • Han and Ben having a really close, loving and snarky relationship.
  • Ben Solo being able to fix almost anything, learning to weld from Uncle Chewie, learning to fly and outrun First Order tie-fighters because did you know his dad made the Kessel Run in only 12 parsecs? And once hid from the Empire with a broken hyperdrive by disguising himself on the back of a Star Destroyer?
  • Leia being worried sick about her son, but knowing that ultimately he was safer learning to handle himself with Han and Chewie than he would be if he’d grown up sheltered among the Republic. Leia being secretly very glad that Ben decided he didn’t want to be a Senator, because the First Order—and Snoke—would try and kidnap her son as leverage.
  • When the Resistance is finally formed, Han arguing that they needed to go back and help.
  • Ben not wanting to, because he wasn’t a soldier, he didn’t want to fight in this war, and hadn’t it already caused their family enough heartache?
  • Ben Solo realizing when the Hosnian system was destroyed that there was no outrunning this fight, that he needed to do something, and he couldn’t leave his mother to fight this battle alone.
  • Imagine Ben Solo not being groomed from childhood to be an emotionally stunted tool for Snoke, growing up happy and surrounded by the love of his parents and family and making friends as he grows and makes a name for himself.
  • Just imagine that Han Solo was a good father to his son, and they love each other and have a wonderful relationship and nobody dies and everyone is happy.

Fandom minimises the harm of Lucius Malfoy, and I think he should have actually gone to jail post-DH. I’m really surprised that he was apparently acquitted for abandoning the cause at the 11th hour. He gets a really disturbing amount of leather pants treatment from fandom… apparently people have forgotten that he’s the literal equivalent of a high-up Nazi who wriggled his way out of any punishment time and time again, and who never actually did anything to redeem himself? 

While people talk about the downplaying of Draco’s flaws - to the extent of him being the trope namer of “Draco in Leather Pants” - at the end of the day, despite him being a prejudiced and cowardly bully (and it is a problem that that’s downplayed and conveniently forgotten as much as it is) he’s a minor when he joins the Death Eaters, he’s not actually capable of committing murder, and his actions do indirectly help Harry. I can understand him being legally acquitted. Narcissa also acts in a manner which directly contributes to the defeat of Voldemort (even if that’s not her intention), plus we don’t actually know in-text that she directly committed any heinous crimes. Both of them a) never actually committed directly awful actions that we know of and b) actually helped in the defeat of Voldemort, however indirect and whatever their reasons.  

Lucius, though - he only escaped jail after the first war because he paid off the right people. He should be imprisoned for his corrupt dealings in paying off the government alone, let alone his consistent active role in a hate group committing hate crimes across two different wars and a span of decades. Abandoning the cause at the eleventh hour, because you love your kid and when the tide’s already starting to turn (i.e., after Harry’s already been “killed” before his eyes and then come back) isn’t enough to excuse everything he’s done. I don’t understand how he could have been excused in Kingsley’s new government. 

Solarpunk - a tale of two worlds

I’ve been following this tag pretty much through its inception, I’ve seen here and there people throwing ideas and chipping on how the solarpunk world should be. I’m not trying to put anything new, but rather to give a nice summation of the two most popular ideas I’ve seen. The two worlds as I’ve seen them can be described as The Jeffersonian Yeoman and a Socialist Utopia (please do not make a negative association). 

The less popular one is The Jeffersonian Yeoman. As a world I’ve seen it described and it appears to be more of Libertarian/Wild West type, than it’s Socialist counterpart. In it people live lives independent of the community - they generate their own electricity (via green means), they produce their own food (aquaponics), they supply their own water, The world of the Jeffersonian Yeoman - as I’ve said it before - is a Libertarian Utopia. There is very little government, almost no taxes and almost no social welfare and negligible government regulation. However this is Solarpunk and thus it is optimistic. While the individual tends to be much more important than the community, The Jeffersonian Yeoman is raised better than the modern person. He is moral, he follows the law, he helps those down on their luck, because he feels a personal responsibility to help those less fortunate.

 The second and more popular version is the Socialist Utopia. In it, as the name implies, the government and community take much more active roles. In it you can usually see things like Universal Income, communal housing and eating centers. Charity and care for the downtrodden is still done by people, but a much more heavy emphasis is put on social programs and the welfare state. Communal projects also tend to be much more common - where the community as a whole would do something - where is the Jeffersonian would be less likely to engage in such activities.

I like both of them in their own unique way and hope to see them explore, Solarpunk is such a nice idea.

One of the things that I have always believed is that, in terms of education, we have to break our dependency on the property tax, because what happens is the wealthiest suburbs can in fact have great schools but poor, inner-city schools cannot. So I think we need equality in terms of how we fund education, and to make sure the federal government plays an active role to make sure that those schools we need it the most get the funds that they deserve.
— 

Bernie Sanders

Bernie has a bold, simple idea for improving public education. Step one: equal funding.

Bernie’s right: The property tax system of funding schools is inherently regressive, granting fewer resources to poorer towns with lower property values and more to rich towns with high property values. Federalizing funding of public schools — or at least moving further in that direction — would be a huge boon for both economic and racial equality. It would make our tax system much more progressive and protect schools from cuts during recessions. And done right, it can improve school quality while maintaining a degree of local autonomy.

How Higher Ed Contributes to Inequality

In 2011, Cornell political scientist Suzanne Mettler highlighted poll results showing a striking phenomenon: About half of the Americans receiving federal assistance in paying college tuition or medical bills believe they have never benefited from a government social program. The results are evidence of what Mettler has termed “the submerged state”—a series of policies, like tuition tax credits or federally-guaranteed student loans, that are practically invisible to citizens. That invisibility, she argues, erodes public support for the very idea of government playing an active role in people’s lives.

Now in a new book, Degrees of Inequality, Mettler reveals how, over the past 60 years, American higher-education policy has gone from being visible and effective (the GI Bill and the Pell grant program) to being invisible and inefficient ($32 billion in federal funding for for-profit colleges with abysmal graduation rates). Congressional polarization along party lines, it turns out, played a major role, as did plummeting federal and state support for four-year public universities.

I spoke with Mettler about why Republicans and reform-minded Democrats switched positions on for-profit colleges; why the liberal arts are underrated and MOOCs (massive open online courses) are overrated; and why corporate lobbyists are able to achieve so much influence in Washington for relatively little money.

Read more. [Image: Butch Dill/AP Photo]

Bernie Sanders on equal access to education:

Moderator: “As a follow up…if the Supreme Court were to end affirmative action, what would you do to ensure that minority students have access to higher education?”

Bernie Sanders: “Everything that I can. Look, it is no great secret that many of the public schools- elementary schools, high schools- in the country, in minority areas, are just not working. Many of them are drop-out factories. So we have got to do everything we can to make certain that all of our kids get a quality education and pay especial attention to those schools that are not doing well. Now one of the things that I have always believed is that in terms of education we have to break our dependency on the property tax because what happens is the wealthiest suburbs can in fact have great schools but poor, inner-city schools cannot. So I think we need equality in terms of how we fund education and make sure the federal government plays an active role to make sure that those schools we need it the most get the funds that they deserve.”

real change happens when there is persistent involvement on all levels, most importantly with citizens. national marriage equality became a beautiful reality today because Obama - a president elected through a push in millennial & minority voters - appointed Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, two of the five votes in favor of marriage equality. those judges were elected to the Supreme Court by Obama, but they were first elected by their respective counties, by voters like you or me, which gained them the notoriety enough for the president to take notice and bring them to the highest court of law in the country.

if you don’t think your voice matters because some ‘not elected’ higher ups made this decision, please realize that your involvement is necessary to get those people-minded higher ups into the positions that allow for the change you want to see in the world. a single vote might not seem like much, and things might not change immediately, but it means everything and things WILL change if you take an active role in your government.

pay attention. remember today. vote.