in powerful political positions

THINGS MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LAFAYETTE

-wrote in all caps in his letters when he was excited

-slept under a tree with Washington after the battle of Monmouth, both enveloped in Washington’s cape

-basically saved the life of the Queen by kissing her hand

-re-gifted a fucking aligator to President John Quincy Adams cause he didn’t know what the fuck to do with it

-wanted to go kill the Beast of Gévaudan (some big scary people-eating wolf that scared the shit out of the french at the time) by himself at like 6 years old

-called both Jefferson and Washington on their bullshit, telling them to free all their slaves… neither listened

-actually bought an entire island full of slaves with his wife Adrienne and freed them all, gave them money for the work they did, gave them education

-last letter he wrote before his death was about freeing slaves and how sad he was that France was taking so long to give people of colour the same rights than white people

-died holding a picture of his dead-wife to his heart

-cried with Jefferson when they met for the first time in years after both American and French revolutions

-continued to fight and got back on his horse when he was shot in the leg during his first battle

-called his only son “George Washington de Lafayette”

-was socially awkward af, especially when he was young

-a ginger

-left France to go fight for America when the King, his step family, and basically the whole court told him “no”

-had to sneak out of France

-sources differ, but probably left disguised as a woman so no one would recognised him

-gave the biggest symbol of French Revolution  (the key of the just-destroyed Bastille, a prison where the enemies of the King and Kingdom were imprisoned) to Washington

-orphan

-told Washington he was his lost father

-tripped when dancing with the Queen of France and never heard the end of it

-had “sleepovers” on the grass with John Laurens and Alexander Hamilton where they talked about politic

-threw himself in front of a loaded cannon ready to shoot to try to stop an event of the french Revolution to become too bloody

-at some point, pretty much everyone in France wanted him dead

-slept through two of the biggest events of the french Revolution lol

-gave money and helped a lot of poor farmers in need

-fought for other religions than his and the King’s own to be respected and have the same rights (specifically fought for Protestant and Jewish people)

-fought against death penalties

-brought back some dirt from America and told his son to put it on top of his grave when he dies

-redecorated his whole house in France just like American’s homes

-actually told people he was American

-altogether had a slight obsessing problem with America

-had his own room at Washington’s home

-had a ring with Washington’s hair in it

-was one of the richest man in France at the age of 12 because his whole family had basically died at that point

-changed back his family motto to “Why not?”

-was only 19 when he left for America

-was detained in horrible conditions in prison for 5 years (2 of which with his wife and daughters)

-refused the hell out of several powerful positions in politic and in the army because he didn’t found these to be close enough to his ideals of freedom and shit

Wondering how to tell your friends about “Women of Xal” but there’s no easy place to gather information? Well we’re here to fix that with a reblog-ready post! (Kickstarter link here!)

SO WHAT IS “WOMEN OF XAL” ANYWAYS?!

“Women of Xal” is an otome visual novel currently live on Kickstarter. You assume the role of Xjena, who, along with five other girls, will be campaigning against each other to lay claim to a political position of power in a Matriarchal society. An all male harem comes free with your victory. An official trailer and playable demo is available right in the front of our Kickstarter page!

SO HOW DO YOU WIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR POWER?

There’s several ways to do this (or outright fail at it.) You can either play through the game as a benevolent friend to everyone and decide you don’t want the power that badly, or you can be ruthless and throw everyone you can under the bus. And there’s plenty middleground to go around. However, everything has a consequence, and there’s no easy ‘right or wrong’ answer to situations that become increasingly grey and complex.

BUT CAN I ROMANCE THE GIRL IN THAT GIF?!

Velvet (the girl in the gif!) is romanceable! Because you can make Xjena gay, straight, bi, poly, or ace! It all depends on your own preferences. There are 5 ladies to choose from, and five guys, with more on the way thanks to Kickstarter backers making romanceable OCs.

WILL THERE BE NUDITY/SEXUAL SOUNDS?

Not planned, and if happen to get a flood of requests for it, there will be an option to opt-out of said content altogether.

I CAN’T AFFORD TO BACK YOUR KICKSTARTER. HOW ELSE CAN I HELP?

If you hit that reblog button, you basically play a key role in saving my life. You can also play the demo and talk to us about it in my inbox or on our subreddit!

I WANT TO ASK MORE QUESTIONS

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anonymous asked:

What is horseshoe theory normally? Your horseshoe post says "corrected"

Capitalist ideology intended to make liberalism appear “neutral” and “above the fray”. In the capitalist political spectrum, it is true that liberalism is generally at the center (with some very slight leeway into center-left and lots of leeway into full right-wing), but that doesn’t make it “neutral”. Political centrism is merely ideology that challenges nothing about the status quo. (The left seeks change that brings about less class distinction and the right seeks a reassertion of old traditions that maintain class stratification.) 

I’ve said before that liberalism is the dominant ideology under capitalism, and it’s true. It permeates our political landscape in how it sees capitalism as the end of history, how it contextualizes ideology as a “marketplace of ideas” where the best ideas inevitably outcompete, how it holds steadfast to giving “all viewpoints” a platform (with no class analysis or understanding of how dominant ideas remain dominant), how it believes that the system can be peacefully reformed to eventual perfection (even if there’s disagreement over what those reforms should entail), etc. 

The horseshoe frames communism and fascism as though they were fundamentally similar in practice, if not in rhetoric. This is ahistorical, and it ignores what the true grit of politics has always been about since the dawn of civilization: class struggle over the gears that reproduce daily life (i.e. the resources and the means of production) and the accompanying social ideologies; in other words, power, as realized through control over the sources of social wealth. I took the horseshoe and grafted it to the way in which “liberal” and “conservative” are viewed as rhetorical opposites – but are in fact both the same in practice. Modes of production (feudalism, capitalism, etc.) have material interests that dictate how they behave, typically focused around those with a dominant class position and around the broader longevity of the system as a whole. Under capitalism, this is realized in both the capitalists (those with the dominant class position) and the state (the apparatus that looks out for the longevity of the system as a whole). In the end, I boiled it down to this:

I don’t know if it’s altogether perfect, since assigning positions to political ideology along a line or a compass is hard to quantify, but I think it’s certainly better than the original liberal horseshoe chart. Of important note, I wouldn’t say that social democracy is a “halfway point” between capitalism and socialism, nor would I say that of distributism. But in terms of ideology, I think they come close to mapping between the two modes of production. Mutualism or market socialism is probably a better “intermediary” mode of production between the two (it involves markets but with collective control of means of production and banking). 

TLDR: It’s bullshit to write off political leftism and political rightism as fundamentally similar when they are founded upon opposing ideas about who ought to control social production in society. Centrism and liberaltarianism try to avoid this question, but they are just as ideological as either side – they assert that we should just “leave people to their own devices”, but their political ideology is one where capitalists control the means of production in top-down fashion as realized through private property rights, a fundamentally right-wing conception of society. There is no political “objectivity” – the centrist position inevitably supports those with power in society. 

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” -Desmond Tutu

-Daividh

anonymous asked:

what's magnus's work life like

i actually have a tag for that: high warlock of brooklyn

in that tag you’ll find mostly fic that either centers completely around his work or where it figures prominently in it

i preface this by saying this is my ideas/speculation, it’s how i theorize it when i write about his job. as usual this has nothing to do with the books, this is show theory

i’m also sure @amorverus has probably written some meta on this or would add valuable thoughts/insight

i view his job as having two parts. he has his personal business where he performs acts of magic and creates potions for clients. so this would be summonings, putting up wards for people, transcribing contracts or translating documents, protection and then potions for all sorts of ails or enhancements. all of this magic is clearly regulated under a code of what is acceptable and what isn’t. for instance we’ve seen warlocks peddling drugs which is prohibited and they are probably banned from practice and then from an area after they’ve reached a certain number of offenses. we also see warlocks doing dark magic that is also presumably prohibited.

while the clave seem to have jurisdiction and power over enforcing some of this (probably depending on who it effects) we see that magnus does too. so this i would say is the “second part” of his job, aka being the high warlock of brooklyn which is a leading position, a political position. he has the power to ban warlocks in his territory, he protects warlocks, he attends council meetings as a diplomat, a leader of the warlocks (at least for his specific area). which leads me to assume he also leads meetings between warlocks which i’ve written before. so as i talked about above, if they have restrictions and they have prohibited types of magic, they have to have some way of agreeing on those and discussing them, so i’m sure these meetings exist. the clave of course have their own prohibited practices and laws but otherwise it seems they have their own laws as well. so magnus would definitely be a part of that process to some degree and he’s obviously part of enforcing it. although it seems in at least one case he sent a perpetrator to the clave (iris).

so he does house calls to put up wards or deliver potions depending on the circumstances. he has client meetings to discuss spells or potions or other magical acts he might perform. in those meetings it would be negotiations about what he is willing to do, the price for his services and of course there would be a contract written up. some of those would be in person, some over the phone, others could be on location. he also seemingly has standing contracts.

i also like the idea of the warlocks having a community when it comes to magic, which i think has been hinted on, where some spells are shared for general consumption through books and etc., others are more warlock specific, and others are sold or shared in small circles. finally he’s an inventor when it comes to magic but also presumably when it comes to potions. since he’s very powerful though his magic and his potions would be potent and therefore sought after.

other vaguely related things: shadowhunter wealth, magnus and his worth

anonymous asked:

I don't support Le Pen AT ALL but every time you talk about her you sound just ignorant. pls stop.

anon, let’s be fucking real

  • marine lepen is with the front national
  • the front national is a fascist party
  • her and her father are tied to holocaust deniers
  • they are fascists
  • she’s anti euthanasia and her instance of abortion repels me
  • tbh everything about lepen’s politics repels me
  • she’s pro death penalty
  • she’s anti eu
  • she’s anti everything I stand for
  • SHE SAYS FRANCE WASN’T RESPONSIBLE FOR DEPORTATIONS DURING WWII

in another world I’d ask you what about the stuff I say about lepen - ie that she’s a menace that has to be absolutely kept off any position of power and that her politics are shit - is ignorant, because anyone who isn’t on that side of the fence would see that her politics are shit, but thing is: she’s a fascist and I don’t give a single fuck about respecting fascist ideologies so you can absolutely forget that I’m gonna stop trash talking her and you can absolutely forget that I might reconsider any of my stances on lepen -

BECAUSE SHE’S A GODDAMNED FASCIST. clear? clear. if you don’t like it the door is open, no one is forced to follow me. thank you and have a good day, and good thing at least you don’t support her.

and friendly reminder that while the us-centric ****left wing**** stuff that goes around on tumblr is abhorrent to me (that’s not even left wing but nvm) I am not a right winger, I’m actually more left-leaning than a lot of leftist tumblr assumes is far left and I do not in any way whatsoever respect fascist/nazi ideologies and people who support them nor I feel obliged to give them the benefit of the doubt or something, because to me that shit is abhorrent and that’s where I draw the line. thanks and have a good evening.

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I’m gonna go serious again. Today there was a very important march against the goverment (via the Supreme Court) decision to reduce condemns to military/police/priest/etc genocidals. It’s something we, the Argentinean people, hold for 34 years and counting against the impunity of those monsters who dissapeared and murdered 30k people, stole babies, tortured young people and many more horrors.

I’m ver, VERY proud of ourselves as society. We stood against the civilians who are in political power positions and were part of that miiltary dictatorship. Those “people” who wan impunity for their friends and partners. Do you imagine German justice releasing Nazi war criminals of the Holocaust in 1960s? It didn’t happen. Argentinean “justice” want to do it here with those 1976 genocidals, but we are stopping them and collapse the streets as necessary.

It happened before. We can’t ever let it happen again.

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Just because a news story is bad or troublesome that doesn’t make it FAKE…


There’s been all kinds of talk recently about “fake news”, by which people normally mean incorrect or invented information, unsourced claims or patently outlandish assertions, often aimed at stirring the political … doo-doo. Fake news is even thought to have played a meaningful part the outcome of the the 2016 American presidential election. WE … are gonna do something different. We’re not gonna talk about how to spot fake news. We’re gonna talk about about how NOT to spot fake news, about how certain news items can seem suspect… but not all blemishes make their stories necessarily fake. We’re gonna talk about what ISN’T fake news by using Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman’s book Manufacturing Consent, as our guide. If you’re unfamiliar, these gents argue that newsmedia can function in subtle, even unmeaning ways to get people to agree with the news source, and one another, on the issues of the day and political or economic positions which largely… benefit the powerful. They call this ability the news media’s “propaganda function”, and they claim it’s built into the very structure of media itself, even media which you’d never point at and go “HEY! THAT’S A PROPAGANDA!” So follow along with us with our handy guide on how NOT to spot fake news.

anonymous asked:

How were Utatane Koharu and Mitokado Homura important enough to be placed on a team headed by Senju Tobirama? How are Ninja Teams decided? By tracker teams, Ino-Shika-Chou, Taijutsu Specialists, etc.? What made the two advisers so important that they, who were probably civilians, got placed on a team with important Clan member and brother of the Hokage?

I.

According to canon, there are at least some levels of intention behind genin team composition and design. We have seen that with the Ino-Shika-Cho team (a team created based on clan history and synergy) and Hinata-Kiba-Shino team (obvious tracker team). On the other hand, canon is also notorious for showing us only the exceptions to the Naruto world and not the actual statistical average. Why do I say that? Well, according to numbers during the 4th ninja world war, the allied ninja force numbered at 80 000 ninja and samurai combined. If we disregard unequal force contribution between villages and assume that they all contribute the same number of soldiers, then each village has roughly 13 333 ninja/samurai at the time of the 4th ninja war. 


So… 13 thousand active duty ninja per village. It’s not that much as far as army sizes go, but it is indicative of the number of academy students and genin hopefuls that the ninja academy has to put out per graduating class. Simple calculation utilizing turnover rate. Assuming the average shinobi stays active duty until 30 years old (which we were often told is a very good age for ninja since they tend to die young or be rendered unfit for combat. This number is even lower during war time), and the average starting age is 12 years old, then the average ninja has about 18 years of active duty as a soldier. Which means that every 18 years, the ninja academy has to produce enough actual genins (and not just genin hopefuls who get past the academy test but not the actual test from their jounin master) to replace the ninja population going into either retirement or KIA. That’s 740 genins per graduating class. 


Which again means that the number of ninja kids who get past the academy test and are assigned a team (but have not yet taken the actual genin test from the jounin master) must be above that 740 number. Maybe 800, maybe 1000. We don’t know. Canon hasn’t given us anything solid on that front.


And out of those dubious 740+ number, how many genins were shown to us? a measly 9, all of whom are either clan heirs or have some special relevance to the plot (8 clan heirs including Naruto who is both the son of the previous Hokage and the previous Jinchuriki, and Sakura). 


So that’s what I meant about canon being shit at showing us the actual average ninja child’s experience. We were shown the cream of the crops, the clan heirs and kids who won the superpower lottery, the exceptions and not the norms. We then see that these clan heirs are all grouped up in their own elite teams full of heirs and special snowflake kids. What about the other 731+ average ninja kids? How were they grouped up and what was their experience in the ninja world? Nobody has a fucking clue. Canon certainly did not give us anything regarding that. But considering all the special kids were already separated into their own little niche groups, my guess is that the plebe kids had to hang with other plebe kids. 


So from that observation, I’m extrapolating that just like our real world, the ninja verse group its own kids using two different standards: kids from the rich, influential families, and kids who don’t got shit going for them.


For the rich clan kids, they are grouped into specially designed teams with good synergy that compliments their skill set and promotes their growth (i.e. Ino-Shika-Cho). I imagine there would be some politicking behind the scene too. Parents pushing for their kids to be put on the same team together or getting this or that jounin master, or certain team placements acting as wordless statements from one party to another. Sure we don’t see any of that actually happening in canon, but clans are a thing in Konoha and we know they each holds power and influence (i.e. the fall of the Uchiha clan showed us that there are politicking among ninja, clans, and the village management. Tobirama specifically pushed the Uchiha into a position where they couldn’t jockey for more political power and influence, and their fall depicted how they gradually lost their sway over important village administrative decisions), so various forms of politicking both discreet and not are only logical. 


For the poor kids, the kids who don’t have big clan names backing them up, kids with no special power to speak of, who may stay a genin for the entity of their career, I imagine their placement comes with fewer frills. Because the village is still interested in efficiency and producing quality soldiers and workers, they probably have some forms or formulas for placement, but unlike the rich kid’s custom designed team composition, theirs is a more mass production style format.     


II.

Going from the reasoning above, I think that there is a definite intention behind Koharu and Homura’s placement in team Tobirama. The reason for that? Because their jounin master is Tobirama. 


As you yourself pointed out, Tobirama is important. Not only was he the brother of the first Hokage and the second in command in their newborn village, he himself was a powerful ninja with a bloodline and who would go on to become the second Hokage. Anything regarding him had an incredibly high chance of being political in nature, especially something as important as genin teams under his tutelage. 


The way I see it, there are 2 possible explanations for Koharu and Homura being placed on Tobirama’s team along with Hiruzen who was both a clan kid (small clan) and whose clan was apparently allied with clan Senju. 

1/ Koharu and Homura were also clan kids albeit from very minor clans that weren’t explicitly mentioned in canon. Just because canon did not explicitly state that they were clan kids does not necessarily mean that they weren’t. They could very well be but Kishimoto simply didn’t deign to tell us about it. This wouldn’t be strange at all considering canon Naruto’s tendency for ass pull stuff with no explanation nor forewarning whatsoever (for example, that whole sensor thing. It just appeared out of nowhere in the middle of Shippuden. No forewarning, no nothing. Just one day, pop, it’s there. Deal with it).

In this case, then their being there is similar to Sarutobi. They were there because of clan alliance and to foster a bond between the clans and the village. 


2/ They were actual civilian kids from families with no prior experience in the ninja world. Which means that their placement in team Tobirama is likely a political statement. What sort of statement you say? Well, one of inclusion of course and that even civilian born ninja are important to the village. A sort of ‘even if you are the baker’s son and the maid’s daughter, you may still be taught by the Hokage’s brother!!! So join the army today and contribute to the course!’ political statement. 


Think about it for a second. Out of a graduating class of upward of 740 children, you get maybe double digit number of clan kids and kids with special powers. The rest of them are either civilians or ninjas from small families with nothing special going on for them. Narrative wise, they are nameless cannon fodder, especially in a universe where superpowers are the prerequisite to your having any sort of voice or influence whatsoever. However, logistically speaking, these clanless ninja are the actual meat of the village. They are the people at the ground level, the foot soldiers, the ones doing the million nameless jobs that keep the village running. A ninja village is a pseudo military organization, an army of specialized soldiers and operatives so to say. Regardless of how powerful some individuals are, you can’t run an army with only a double digit number of people. War can be a game of attrition, and in games of attrition, you need numbers. Especially during that tender time when the village was newborn. The ninja were enterring a new era then, one in which their wars would be in much larger scale as they were no longer between clans but between villages. Battlefields and territories would be larger which in turn makes supply chains and logistics that much more complicated and manpower intensive. Death toll and attrition rate would also be far higher than the days of clan to clan fighting. More than ever, they needed numbers. They needed new blood to hold up the clans which had taken a toll after all the years of fighting. 


More than that, there are also social factors to consider. Back in the days of its founding, Konoha was made up of a lot of clans with histories with each others. Some of them were allies. Some were enemies who had laid down the war axe under the new banner. In some ways, the ninja world is a small place. People ran into each other. People knew each other. People had history, had things to settle. That they belonged to the same village now doesn’t make all that go away. So civilian born ninjas and clanless families should also serve as social buffer to gently and gradually ease the clans into living with each other. 


There’s also genetic factors. Despite the fact that Naruto verse seems to function on lego genetics, my guess is that not all bloodlines play nice with each other. The fact that the more influencial clans tend to maintain bloodline purity instead of opting for breeding powerful hybrids (i.e. Hyuga and Uchiha all looking the same and placing heacy emphasis on purity at least in the case of Hyuga. Also, the fact that apparently pure Senju DNA is too much for normal folks as Hashirama’s DNA implanted in 60+ embryos killed all of the fetuses bar one who eventually grew up to become Yamato). Close proximity and the comraderie of fighting for the same side tend to breed passion though. Eventually, you are going to have people from differeny bloodlines bonking each other and probably producing children whose genetics don’t play nice. Best case scenario, maybe they have some health issues growing up. Worst case scenario, they die or are born with horrific birth defects. Neither of those cases are good for a newborn village. So again, they needed the genetic buffer provided by ninjas coming from civilian or clanless families. 


Civilian born ninja maybe weak compared to clan ninja on an individual level. However, on a village or national level, they are vital to the village’s existence. Without them, Konoha would literally cease to be. 


Tobirama, smart guy that he is, should be able to see that from a mile away. With this sort of reasoning, Koharu and Homura, two civilian kids, being placed in the team taught by the Hokage’s brother and second in command of Konoha is an obvious political statement meant to court more civilian families and ninjas. 

Solas/The Darkling Parallels

aka all I have been thinking about for the last 24 hours (100000% @anythingtomakeyoustay ‘s fault)

1) Quasi-immortal magic user

2) Secretly a mythical/folkloric figure of BADNESS in their respective worlds

3)Currently trying to reestablish a home/take back a home for his people (the grisha/the ancient elves)

4)Made a large, magic barrier (The Veil, The Unsea) both were theoretically made in the service of a greater good

5) Reluctantly attracted to Alina/Lavellan, a younger person with unique magic abilities that has been thrust into a position of political+literal power (who also shoots light out of their hand to close rifts/folds)

6)Once had a proper name (Solas/Aleksander) but adopted a Title somewhere in the line of their life when they become larger than themselves (Fen’Harel/The Darkling)

7) A lying liar who lies about who he is/his intentions/almost everything

8)Is responsible in some way for Alina/Lavellan coming in to her powers (explosion at conclave->gets the mark; gives her a lot of amplifiers) and also needs the protags power to reverse their mistake (the Breach or the Unsea) and accomplish their long-term goals

9) Backstory includes wanting to free his people from servitude/danger (again, elves v the evanuris or grisha v the rest of the world)

10) that “Fine, make me your villain” attitude

11) Romantic Dream/Fade visits

12)Different contexts, but “Know that I loved you and know that it was not enough” fits painfully with both their narratives

13) Kills his actual mom or his “All-Mother” friend

14) Has been alone for a long time, and will probably always be alone. Both canonically Afraid of dying alone. 

15) Willing to kill generally whoever/whatever is standing in the way of their ultimate goal

Re: Palpatine’s “overconfidence”

OKAY BUT I HAD A THOUGHT

I keep seeing these posts and theories and analyses about how Palpatine had planned then entire downfall of the Republic down to a T, manipulating anyone and everyone that was anything important. Obvious maniupulation of Anakin aside, it could be argued that everything from the Jedi finding out about the clones to Padme and Anakin having their little vacation on Varykino was Sheev’s doing, indirectly. The more you look into it, the more it feels like Palpatine thought of everything.

BUT. I was just thinking. He didn’t think of everything. A trend I keep seeing here is this:

Palpatine tends to focus all of his manipulating efforts on people who are quickly acknowledged by everyone to have great potential for power. Anakin (who admittedly starts out as a “nobody”, but then there’s also the theory that Sheev knew about him from the very beginning, so) is an obvious one, but look at everyone else - the people in the senate, the Jedi - individuals, like Dooku and Ventress and Obi-Wan, and even Padme and Bail … look. These are all people who, even if good, or at least, trying their hardest to do good, are overtly powerful. Their power comes from their Force sensitivity, from their speeches, from their political influence. Their money, their armies … politicians or Jedi or clone manufacturers or even bounty hunters, everyone Palpatine is using as his pawns are acknowledged to have tangible power

But then, that’s where his downfall is (as Luke says - “your overconfidence is your weakness” - Sheev doesn’t realize that he’s missing something, even after he’s made that mistake once). In treating the powerful, or potentially powerful, as the only ones that really matter, and everyone else as expendable or not worth focusing intently on, Palpatine’s screwing up.

Let’s start with Padme, because this one is more complex than the others. In TPM, I’m of the firm belief that Sheev had initially written Padme off as a naive and easily-duped or influenced girl, not someone to really worry about much. GRANTED, as the movie progresses, it’s obvious that he’s realizing his mistake (in that she’s hardly naive and reliant on others’ advice, but very very capable and very very determined) and backpedaling, leading to his ultimate convincing of her to push for a vote of not confidence, etc. And then, as the movies progress, he concentrates more and more efforts on and around her, not only because he’s using her as a tool against Anakin, but also because she’s too proactive in a senate full of corrupt politics and bureaucracy to leave unchecked. He needs to control her, as well, because she’s now proven herself to be overtly powerful.

But then, Sheev still doesn’t learn from his mistake - to never underestimate someone who’s apparently a “nobody” (and obviously, Padme is hardly a nobody - which makes the real nobodies here even more effective). So now we progress to the end of ROTS and into the OT.

You know who Sheev underestimates? The Larses. Palpatine, who focuses so much of his efforts on Luke Skywalker (again, powerful) forgets that any child must be first raised in a kind and loving home, must be taught a set of values ingrained fundamentally and deeply into their psyche. Luke is very different from Anakin because he grew up in a stable, loving, and healthy home environment - hardly the same as a slave who was taken from his mother at age nine and handed to a boy who was barely an adult and who didn’t know the first thing about dealing with abused children, etc etc. Owen and Beru not only raised and protected Luke from the Empire for all of his formative life, they also taught him who to be. Obviously, there are qualities in him that are latent and inherent and his to be nurtured and developed, inherited from his parents - but who taught him to develop those? Who taught him about the importance of love and compassion and kindness? Who taught him to believe? Not that part of that wasn’t already latent in Luke, but any flower needs a loving and caring gardener to attent to it, for it to blossom beautifully. Palpatine forgets this. Palpatine doesn’t even bother checking back on Anakin’s family. They’re nobodies, living on a little backwater dustball and farming water. What could they possibly do for him?

You know who else Palpatine underestimates? Wedge Antilles and the entirety of the Rogue Squadron. Biggs Darklighter. Lando Calrissian. 

Han and Chewie. Like, God, where would the twins, those two who decided the fate of the entire kriffing galaxy, even be without all of these people? And who were these folks before the Rebellion, before the Alliance took them in and they grew up themselves and shaped history?

Nobodies.

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live-and-breathe-fantasy  asked:

Do you have any tips on writing a corrupt government in a fantasy world?

Look into real world corruption! Whatever country you live in is bound to have a history of corruption (most real governments do), so take the time to research this: see who was to blame, what they did, how they got away with it, and compare that to the laws in place. How did they use their position of power to do what they did, what laws were broken, what laws were carefully slid around? 

Even if your fantasy government has nothing to do with the real world, it will still rest upon real world ideas: it will have laws, it will have political positions and jobs, it will have power lust. Based on the laws you put into your fantasy world, based on the jobs you give them, you will also be able to piece in corruption and law breaking. Whether the rules are about real world issues (school systems, road paving, etc.) or fantasy ones (magic laws, magical schools, spell casting, etc.) the fundamental structures will be the same. 

anonymous asked:

My friend just got into hamilton and he hates Maria and I tried to explain her backstory and that the affair was Hamilton's fault but I can't change his mind about her, do you have any helpful points I could bring up?

  • Maria’s husband, James, was literally her pimp.
  • Hamilton had power over her with his age, wealth, gender, education, political position…basically in every way you can imagine. He took advantage of her.
  • Maria was poor and struggling to support herself and her daughter Susan. Because women couldn’t work and were basically their husband’s property, she didn’t have any way to get money besides from the affair and sex work.
  • James Reynolds was abusive and manipulative.
  • This letter.
  • Also this letter. TW for suicide ideation in both of those letters; Maria expresses a lack of will to be alive.
  • The fucking Reynolds Pamphlet. Alexander portrayed Maria as some evil adulteress even though HE was the one who took advantage of Maria. He played the poor defenseless victim in the Pamphlet when in fact…that was Maria.
  • After the Pamphlet got published, Maria had to relocate AND change her name multiple times, as she was scorned and shamed by society
  • “My husband’s doing me wrong, beating me, cheating me, mistreating me. Suddenly he’s up and gone, I don’t have the means to go on.”
  • hamilton could’ve just…you know…not cheated…and gave her money without having sex with her…but he for some reason chose to betray his wife AND get it on with a woman who was much more disadvantaged and much younger than him. HAMILTON IS NOT THE VICTIM.
  • It’s highly unlikely that Maria had the power to stop the affair once it started, considering the fact that she was up against two powerful men who were honestly assholes

It’s not so much that I’m scared of Trump becoming president. I know he’s bound by laws and the checks and balances of government, despite all the branches being a Republic majority.

It’s that I’m scared that his followers will feel justified in their racist, sexist, all-around terrible actions.

And I’m scared that, in the end, there will be no punishment, because hey, if the President does it, then what’s the problem?

TES Headcanon: Mer aging, and others.

This probably isn’t like “100 percent lore friendly” but this is kind of an impossible topic for lore-friendliness because of how contradictory and vague all sources are on elven aging? Do they live 200 years? 600? 1000? Do people not know because elves just vaguely live “a long time” but often die before they reach truly venerable old age where they pass just of being old? What does all this mean in their societies? What factors in their societies change how long they live?

So like I’ll try and tackle it a little bit. I will say this though: All elves mostly come to “physical maturity” at the same rate as humans, but once that milestone is passed they age differently. But this doesn’t mean that an elf that’s visibly not a child would be considered a full adult or worthy of respect by older elves, because that’s a social thing. And because elven societies are set up to correspond to their longer life-spans, a 50-year-old-elf might have the same presence and “age” of mind as a young human, rather than a 50-year-old human who has been considered an adult, aged as an adult and has lived an adult life for multiple decades.

Because of their long life-spans, I kind of postulate that elves have more “maturity stages” than humans might: childhood, puberty, young adulthood, a ‘second’ puberty, mature adulthood, aging adulthood, and then venerable age.

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@laureljupiter actually nearly every DA3 character is a foil to Solas. It really comes out when you listen to the party banter. I could write an essay about all of them.

- Sera: old vs young; couth vs uncouth; both elven rebel leaders; both with trickster characteristics; what is the extent of one’s social responsibility? Elfiness elfiness elfiness; Sera saying she hates pride and “pride cookies” while Solas’ name literally means “Pride”; I could go on for years
- Blackwall: identity; betrayal; confrontation and acceptance of past deceptions and wrongdoings; morality and forgiveness; hiding in plain sight as a way to find yourself; atonement; “you must accept the pain to make things better”
- Iron Bull: slavery; thought crime; disassociation (the people around you are not real people, you must be prepared to kill them); friendship; high-level strategic thinking; spying, lying and espionage; the mesmerizing (ironic?) fact that Solas only starts to respect Iron Bull if he chooses his personal friendships over his loyalty to his homeland
- Dorian: slavery; the great responsibility that is being privileged and talented in a corrupt society built on slavery and founded on death; it sure is fun to be a wizard nerd
- Vivienne: the Question of Fashion; power and position and responsibility; politics and court life, being a courtier; she literally reminds Solas of an Evanuris
- Cassandra: determination to do the right thing despite doubts; divine faith and belief; learning that the organization you belong to is corrupt; seeking Truth (and lying); Cassandra possibly becoming Divine vs. Solas’ godhood
- Varric: acceptance or rejection of being displaced in a strange world; gambling; acceptance of loss vs railing against loss; what should the Man on the Island do?; the split on the question of Cole’s humanity
- Cole: angels and spirits and their attraction to mortality; becoming embodied in a harsh world; dreaming and the waking world; experience vs. naïveté; mindfulness meditation; compassion and pride; “you cannot change your nature by wishing”

- Ameridan: sacrificed everything to save his people from a god, but doomed them to slavery instead; his lover died calling out to him through dreams; waking up eons later to find everything gone; “it takes everything from you”
- Corypheus: the parallels and contrasts to Solas are multiple, deliberate and obvious
- Inquisitor: marked to lead a divine organization; can the world be saved without destroying it?; is it possible to wield power and influence righteously?; the inevitable corruption of organizations; the question of this world’s reality and value

I know people might not like to consider it, but I feel like some of these characteristics might have been decided mainly to foil with Solas. Like, I would argue that especially aspects of Sera and Blackwall were written with the idea that Solas would be in this game in mind.

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anonymous asked:

A few big things feminism has helped achieve over the last 10 years?

Uh, dude you do gotta acknowledge that this is a broad question and like I don’t really have the attention span or time rn to get a bunch of specifics and sources like, I’m bad with dates and timelines, plus I have a headache but uh

Like feminism like any movement isn’t all one big straight line, like it’s not only things that are fully achieved but things that are improved but still need improving and things that maybe have barely improved but are not more visable and more people are aware of the problem existing? if that makes sense

And feminism is such a broad thing that it’s hard to know where to start because (good) feminism intersects so much with other equal rights movements, and so many different topics

No tax on Tampons was one pretty recent thing (in Canada) and representation in movies and TV, as well as in politics and positions of power have been improving, just the general “teaching women they’re important and worthy of respect and love thing” that happens on like, individual scales. Idk followers feel free to add it’s just questions like this are hard to answer unless I want to write an essay and I don’t (although if I was still in school and needed something for a grade I would) and also I’m blanking a little on recent things that I should be remembering

EDIT: also like, this is gonna vary a lot from country to country, considering feminism exists p much everywhere and different places are going to be pretty different