plutocracies

my problem with the ‘harry becomes lord of 2/¾/5 ancient noble houses’ trope is so unbelievably petty because its that fic writers don’t take it to the potential extreme. like, okay, you wanna make harry the bossest of bitches i get that, i understand, i have that urge too from time to time, but c’mon, be a little more creative about it please

so how about a fic where harry goes to gringotts after the fighting is all over to try to make peace with the goblin nation because this boy does not need more problems and after much hostility and some groveling and promises of future payments for damages caused a plucky goblin lass comes and shuffles harry into her tiny cube office to discuss the nature of his financial situation

(this is a grave insult among goblins. getting handled by a female, first of all, because they are supposedly less capable bankers, hello misogyny among other species, and because they consider anyone who needs help with his money to be lower than cave scum. harry doesn’t know about his. and if he did, he wouldn’t care because he does, desperately, need help)

and plucky goblin lass (who we will call PGL for short) brings out this MASSIVE tome of parchment and slams it down on her desk. a cloud of dust rises. harry sneezes and gets a terrible feeling. some of the parchment is mildewing. the stack is taller than his hand is wide. this can only end badly

PGL tells him that he’ll need to read the entire book to fully comprehend the new scope of his property and harry kind of weakly says “what??”

and it turns out that heyo, when the death eaters swore to follow voldemort with all their lives and souls and magic in their little racist hearts they actually swore a modified liege lord oath which also has the coincidental side effect of ceding all titles (and property connected to said titles) held to the lord in question too. haha how funny who knew

and that’s an ongoing thing. so voldemort was the de facto head of two dozen magical houses at the beginning of the war and he just picked up more as he gained more followers and he probably could have just voted himself and his crew into every position of the government and run the country like that if he cared to do it but voldemort was not about dat political life. he wanted change and he wanted it now. he wanted to MAKE AMERICA MAGICAL BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN. so he started a civil war and just never informed his loyal death eaters of that little fact because they didn’t need to know.

and you might think that gringotts vaults are tied into bloodlines but they’re really not. the malfoy family vault belongs to whoever is the current head of the malfoy family. normally, that’s a malfoy and his malfoy spawn becomes the next head and so it passes through the family, accumulating inherited wealth. it was a working system until voldemort got involved and exploited the ever-living hell out of it.

now this all becomes harry’s problem because it turns out that Right of Conquest is an actual thing. what was voldemort’s is now his and voldemort has has the time to accumulate A Metric Fuck Ton of stuff.

also connected to titles are votes in the wizengamot. and whoo boy, this is where harry’s problem becomes really really really problematic. because the noble families squabble over those votes like children, hoarding them and passing them down, occasionally trading them for advantageous marriages and such, but mostly jealously guarding them like the politcal gold they are. it’s such a bitterly tight-fisted market that any one family has ~maybe~ three or  four votes.

and now harry bloody potter has a hundred of the things and a completely unintentional stranglehold on the government. whoops

and then hermione would shotput harry straight into the wizengamot against his protests and things would become so hilarious i just

some jerkass attempts to increase his own salary for doing basically nothing

“how about no,” harry and his hundred votes say.

somebody attempts to tighten restrictions on where magical creatures like vampires and werewolves can work

“how about no.” harry crosses his arms. “actually, how about we repeal those bullshit laws already in place that make it almost impossible for werewolves to get a job right now, hmmmm? and how about we put something in place to catch abusive owners of house elves? and make sure they get paid? and vacation days? and healthcare? actually how about we get healthcare for EVERYBODY HOW ABOUT T H A T?”

ten generations of purebloods cry out in horror. look upon him ye mighty and despair.

the years after voldemort’s defeat don’t go down in history as The Golden Era. in fact, thanks to harry bloody potter (and some incessant nudging by hermione granger), they go down as The Decade of Frankly Astonishing Strides Toward Equality *cough* enforced by a semi-plutocracy.

(all thanks to a third tier plot never really explored by a would-be dictator YOU’RE ALL WELCOME)

Aries: Makes impulsive decisions based on the need for immediate gratification 
Libra: Struggles to reach a conclusion, can make a decision based off everyone else’s needs

Taurus: Traditional love and material support. Seeks to create a life of comfort 
Scorpio: Exhilarating chaotic love and healing. Dangerously pushes the limits of consciousness as far as possible  

Gemini: It could be this way… and it could be that way… it could be both, or it could be neither
Sagittarius: Hurry up, it’s easy. There is one universal truth 

Cancer: Upholds the intense domestic demands while remaining emotionally supportive to family and providing a safe place for their children
Capricorn: Upholds the structures of society and supports the education, health, and prosperity of future generations as if they were their children

Leo: Receiver of love. Ruler of the monarchy and autocracy. The creative solar father 
Aquarius: Giver of love. Shakes the reigns of power, patriarchy, and plutocracy. The justice seeking mother of humanity 

Virgo: Supports and heals physical and mental bodies by unconsciously activating ancient medicinal rituals with the earth, minerals, and the great mother 
Pisces: Supports and heals the soul, astral body, and the secrets people keep inside by rising the curative salt water inside and calling upon their personal angels for assistance 

#sister signs 
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The average family of four in the United States pays about $4,000 a year in federal income taxes. That means the entire tax bill for 15,000 families for the year will go toward these additional protection measures for Trump

  • <p> <b>Someone:</b> Hey anything wrong?<p/><b>Me inside:</b> So many people believe the crows should be older, but an ongoing theme in the books is the negative consequences of forcing adult roles onto teenagers and children. From Matthias being brainwashed by the Fjerdan military, to Kaz and Jordie having to provide and fend for themselves as children, to the crew struggling to unveil the inner corruption of Ketterdam's plutocracy on top of the weight of their personal baggage without the help of parental figures to lean on, the young ages of the protagonists add to the emotional suspense of the plot and the world building of their morally bankrupt society.<p/><b>Me out loud:</b> Nah, I'm fine.<p/></p>

1933 uranus-pluto square - the rise of nazism, eugenics, dictatorship  

1870′s uranus-pluto square - an image depicts the savagery of european powers as they divide and declare colonisation of africa, each diplomatic waiting for his slice, the term plutocracy is developed

uranus square pluto current - increasing fear associated with border security and alt right ideology, mass displacement, generation of ISIS as a result of western occupancy

1960s uranus-pluto conjunct - vietnam war; use of napalm, mao tsendong effectuates communism in china

I am not a capitalist soldier, I am a proletarian revolutionist. I do not belong to the army of the plutocracy but to the irregular army of the people. I refuse to obey any command to fight from the ruling class, but I will not wait to be commanded to fight for the working class. I am opposed to every war but one. I am for that war heart and soul, and that is the world-wide war of the social revolution. In that war I am prepared to fight in any way the ruling class may make it necessary, even to the barricades. That is where I stand and where the Socialist party stands, or ought to stand, on the question of war.
—  Eugene V. Debs
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Trump Gave His Kids A Big Stake In Huge Government Deal, Document Shows
A key document obtained by BuzzFeed News shows how the GOP nominee took control of a taxpayer-owned landmark near the White House with only a $2.4 million equity investment. He also gave more than 22%
By Aram Roston, Daniel Wagner

Now that Trump’s General Services Administration has decided Trump isn’t violating its lease–even though he is obviously an “elected official of the Government of the United States,” which the lease expressly prohibits from having “any share or part of this Lease” or “any benefit that may arise therefrom”–he and his kids can rake in the profits.

We have a new type of rule now. Not one-man rule, or rule of aristocracy or plutocracy, but of small groups elevated to positions of absolute power by random pressures, and subject to political and economic factors that leave little room for decision. They are representatives of abstract forces who have reached power through surrender of self. The iron-willed dictator is a thing of the past. There will be no more Stalins, no more Hitlers. The rulers of this most insecure of all worlds are rulers by accident, inept, frightened pilots at the controls of a vast machine they cannot understand, calling in experts to tell them which buttons to push.
—  William S. Borroughs, “No More Stalins, No More Hitlers,” Dead City Radio, 1990, read from the book “Interzone,” 1989.
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Opinion | Sarah Huckabee Sanders Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
After her most recent week at the lectern, Sean Spicer looks better and better.
By Frank Bruni

“For some 20 minutes every afternoon, down is up, paralysis is progress, enmity is harmony, stupid is smart, villain is victim, disgrace is honor, plutocracy is populism and Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia if anyone would summon the nerve to investigate her.”

imall4frogs  asked:

If signed into law the AHCA will simultaneously balloon the deficit AND make health insurance unaffordable for millions of our working poor. It's not conservative and certainly not liberal ideology at work here. This reeking bill is pure plutocracy at work, for the 1/10th of the most wealthy 1% are the only winners. My postcard to my Rep: "It was hard to swallow, but you passed the AHCA 💩. Here's a dry corncob. You've earned it."

There is nothing conservative about the Republican party. The only thing they conserve is money for the massively wealthy.