political sci

Alright it's 2050

You gave up hope that a Trump was ever going to step down.

The new one said he couldn’t, because America is in danger and he has to remain in power for the safety and wellbeing of the American public.

Bannon or some form of him is in charge of all forms of news.

If he says the economy is growing thanks to our generous Chancellor Trump, then it’s growing and anyone who says otherwise is a dangerous terrorist dissident who’s merely trying to weaken the American empire.

Those who oppose the new order are just trying to disrupt the peace and justice of the empire.

The media is controlled by those who know what they’re talking about, the corporations, who have your best interests in mind, of course. 

DeVos or some form of her is in charge of education.

Which is segregated once more, not de jure, but just de facto.

Because only the rich can afford the decent schools.

The poor may be educated, but these schools are inefficient, poorly funded, and not equipped to give their children proper education.

They’re also all private and not state funded at all, which means that poor people are fucked, they can expect to live their lives working low paying jobs with no chance of advancement.

What else can they do? 

Work HARDER, of course.

Take on more jobs.

If they’re too lazy to, then they deserve to stay where they are. 

THIS of course affects people of color more than anyone because anti discrimination laws have been reappealed.

Because colored people getting more benefits than white PEOPLE is RACIST.

So we’re just holding hands now, just like those bleeding heart liberals always wanted, and letting people decide whether or not they want diversity in the workplace. 

And it’s fair now, isn’t it?

Everyone gets an equal shot.

No chance of bias, and if there is, then you didn’t want to work there anyway. 

Equal shot. 

It just so happens that the rich, the always rich, have more resources.

And they have better schools. 

Natural selection right, of colored people wanted better schooling, they would WORK harder, RIGHT?

Also education is religious now, as it always should’ve been. 

Since all schools are private, a lot of them are full of rich white kids.

THEY of course are dutiful little conservatives just like mommy and daddy.

they’ll grow up to perfectly replace them.

White culture, so rich, so important. 

It’s superior to other forms of culture because, natural selection. 

If other cultures wanted to be valued, then they wouldn’t KILL each other, right?

How can you respect a culture that kills, right, a culture that’s been antagonized and subjugated under your own for so long that its meaning has warped. 

Speaking of religion and culture, gay marriage is on the books still, of course, but seeing as gays have no anti discrimination laws on the books anymore and the federal government allows off parents to “convert” their children if they desire, why would you out yourself?

Trans people don’t exist.

That was just a dumb millenial fad, it went away after we decided they don’t exist anymore, or at least not as anything but a public menace since men dressed as women are just trying to sneak into women’s bathrooms.

As for healthcare, well, survival of the fittest.

Those without money aren’t contributing to the human race, right?

Worthless creatures just removing their dead weight.

It’s how nature works. 

Natural selection. 

It’s just a shame their bodies have to litter the public streets, why couldn’t they roll under a bridge somewhere, right?

All healthcare is private and owned by companies that can charge whatever they want.

Why not?

If you have money you’ll survive, and if you don’t, well, you shouldn’t be a drain on our working class, right?

No more social security, but hey, that was a waste of our tax dollars. 

We can take care of ourselves, we don’t need hand outs, our family has been wealthy for centuries, living off of those who might have needed social security. 

Besides, why do you want to live so long, anyway? You’re working until you physically can’t. 

You’re wasting valuable air.

Oh and btw, I hope you like cities and urban overcrowding because the majority of people will live in both.

We’ve made no attempt to regulate our housing economy, so apartments and work cubicles are in abundance.

Houses are for the super rich who can afford the land they’re build on. 

You don’t even have to walk to work anymore, you live in your workplace, eat, sleep, and defecate in there. 

Those rich enough of course, will live in lovely 2 million dollar flats far away on the hills where they can look the other direction, not at the ugly steaming mess of poverty but at the lovely green acres of meadow stretching out behind them.

There’s of course a nuclear plant beyond that, but if you ignore it, it’s a lovely view.

Additionally, that’s about the only green you can see.

Preserved green.

Everything has been flattened by companies looking to develop on it or to find resources.

Without regulation of any kind, companies can do whatever they like. Build pipelines in grids across an entire continent. The braces America never got to remove.

But hey!

It’s helping the economy!

People are maintaining these pipelines!

And best of all, when they die of health complications, they contribute to the economy because any money would’ve made goes to their families, who then spend their money on rent or food.

This helps the economy.

Trickle down economics; money trickles.

It trickles from oil pipelines.

It trickles through the blood of dying patients who can’t afford medical care. 

Right into the pockets of those who truly matter, those at the top of the business hierarchy. 

Business, my friends.

Economy and business will flourish. 

Human lives are a cash flow, a constant cash flow, and we’ve finally cured ourselves of all that useless prolonging of useless lives. 

And food!

Don’t you worry, you’ve still got beef.

Unfortunately, due to the overuse of water to both produce cash crops and feed and water livestock, it’s at the cost of ground water, but that’s alright.

As the ozone traps more and more heat, the ice caps are melting!

They’re fresh water, you see, they’re going to fix the acidified ocean!

Just add a little fresh water and bam, no more toxic, plastic-filled waterways! 

Eventually we’ll get around to fixing it, but in the mean time, the ECONOMY.

Keep dumping in the ocean, it’ll fix itself. 

Plus global warming, right?

More water is a good thing, it’s always good. 

Besides, even if it’s bad, you’ll be ok. 

You can afford the sustainadomes. 

Scientists are working on creating a sustainable environment within a segregated, cleansing dome with fresh water and clean air and trees to replenish the latter and medical care and shopping malls and a perfect little world within a globe. 

It’ll be paradise.

There won’t be any animals other than rats, insects, and other pests capable of living off of human waste.

But that’s fine.

We don’t need any pesky other animals living on OUR planet.

And soon, that will include the weak humans too, the ones who live in the urban areas, who can’t afford to live in the sustainable environment with you.

Natural selection.

It comes for all.

Soon all those pesky non working lazy resource draining lowlife violent criminal wastes of space will die.

You just have to outlive them and of course you’re going to.

You have the money for healthcare, a nice house, breathable air, drinkable water, and beef, of course, beef.

You’re here because you deserve it, because your hard working ancestors deserved to make millions off the backs of people whose lives you stole.

Natural selection.

The weak and useless die, and that’s how it always will be, nay, what it should be.

You’re a little unhappy, I mean there’s not much to do, but so what? That’s the price of power.

When you shut yourself in completely and never again look at the poverty stricken masses of what was once your race but isn’t anymore, because culture and money transcends basic shared human DNA, you can sleep well at night.

Soon the only sound will be yours.

You won’t have to hear them for much longer.

Natural selection.

Cruel but fair.

Life isn’t fair.

You’re here because you’re the strongest and the luckiest and the smartest.

They’re there because they were born without what you have.

And that’s just.

Natural selection.

How to make America Great in 16 easy steps

1. I M P E A C H. T R U M P. self explanatory

2. Stop 👏🏾letting 👏🏾billionaires 👏🏾rig 👏🏾elections


Overturn Citizens United, ban campaign contributions and let one voice equal one vote


3. Stop spending 50% of all our tax money on war.

Stop killing civilians in the Middle East, and use the extra trillion dollars to reinvest in the Arab world, America’s urban and rural schools, and make college free.

4. LET REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS IN!

Refugees and immigrants are usually skilled, open businesses, create innovation and grow the economy. They are also HUMAN BEINGS fleeing war and death and need us to be there for them.

5. Stop putting (black and Latino) kids in prison for nonviolent drug offenses.

Start weakening gangs by legalizing drugs and offering addiction and job training programs.

*bonus: this also greatly reduces gun violence everywhere, especially in large cities*

6. don't👏🏾let👏🏾cops👏🏾get👏🏾away👏🏾with👏🏾shit👏🏾

Put murderers in jail, whether they have a badge or not. Demilitarize police forces, and train officers deescalation tactics. Make sure officers come from the communities they serve. Rebuild trust through human contact with police.

7. end the mass shooting™ Era.

Castrate the NRA. Create an Australia style gun buyback program. Stop letting 14 year olds buy AKs at guns shows. Mandate “safe gun” tech.

*hidden bonus: kindergarteners, churchgoers and the general public will no longer be murdered en masse on a monthly basis. How wacky is that?!?*

8. stop allowing people to go bankrupt because they got sick or hurt

Create a single payer health care system like those in Norway, New Zealand, Japan, the U.K.,
Kuwait, Sweden, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, the Netherlands, Austria, The UAE, Finland, Slovenia, Denamark, Luxembourg, France, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Spain, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

9. pay👏🏾women👏🏾the👏🏾same👏🏾amount👏🏾of👏🏾money👏🏾as👏🏾men👏🏾 yea like wtf? It’s 2017. 10. LET WOMEN HAVE CONTROL OVER THEIR OWN BODIES. Again, wtf?!?

11. Don’t let oil and gas companies destroy the Earth for profit.

Implement a carbon tax, and use the money to invest in renewables, and climate change research.

12. Create 25 million jobs, and revive the American Dream.

Spur a National WWII style mobilization to build renewable energy, manufacture electric cars, invest in organic vertical farming, and clean up our polluted oceans, Lakes and rivers.

*secret bonus: this also keeps our kids from having to live in a dystopian hellscape lol*

13. PAY REPARATIONS to African and Native Americans, just like you did to settlers and slaveowners before/after the Civil War.

14. Close Guantanamo bay, and amend the constitution to ban torture

15. Get Involved(cliche but immensely important) protest, call your representatives, and get involved with organizations like moveleft, Indivisible, and Justice Democrats that push for real and radical improvements to our country.

16. Don’t let cynicism and pessimism cloud your judgement.

If you’re reading this right now and thinking; “okay but nahhhhhhh, none of this can happen in America”, your brain is tricking you. Human evolutionary psychology makes it hard for people to envision a future that is radically different from the past or present, but change can happen fast and is often more radical than you expect. Don’t sit on the sidelines and let the future be decided by the likes of Trump, Bannon, and oil companies. speak up. ACT.

and most importantly,

VOTE

“Civilized men are more discourteous than savages, because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split as a general thing.”
 – Robert E. Howard

It is a well-known fact that those who want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
—  Douglas Adams
ID #85407

Name: Elliot
Age: 20
Country: USA

Hey-o!^^ My name is Elliot and I buy anything that has anything to do with mangoes because I have no self control. I’m turning 20 soon (like next month soon), and I’m living in California, the state where we don’t shut up about In ‘N’ Out. I’m in college majoring political science… so yeah I can get political.

I have a thing for reading comic books, watching tons of movies, drawing, and getting lost in stores because I wonder around too much. I also play video games from time to time, fashion (i.e trying to coordinate my outfits), and improving my makeup skills. I actually collect pins too! I also really like plants and I’m trying hard to get some but alas, I have no more space in my room.

Mythology is one of my favorite things! Also anything to do with cryptids or aliens or conspiracy theories. Also in my free time, I like reading police cases, animals, and space related things.

Eh, I’m actually pretty anxious and shy (even through the internet) but I will talk about anything and everything!

Preferences: Anyone 18+ who likes to talk almost all the time. it doesn’t have to be all the time though, just every other day. It would be amazing if we did snail mail but it’s not a requirement. Other than that, not much. But note that I will not stand for anyone who is offensive.

The health of our global citizenry is not a partisan subject. Frankly, it doesn’t matter what Repubs or Dems want, or even what you or I ‘think’ we want; rather, it’s about what we need, based on empirical, evidence-based decision making by which the data reveal to be the most accurate path to sustainability.

Led by the men and women on the forefront of medical research across an array of fields: biology, meteorology, genetics, genomics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, physiology, neuroscience, psychology, climatology, oceanography, ecology, biodiversity, agriculture, planetary science, geophysics, anthropology, paleontology, economics…the list of related concentrations pertaining to the health and survival of life necessary amongst the diverse family thriving in this biosphere are contributing to the information needed to address tomorrow.

Yet, Carl Sagan’s words still, hauntingly, ring true for our society in its present condition:

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”

He followed by rhetorically postulating, “Who is making the decisions about science and technology in a democracy where no one understands anything about science and technology?”

Make no mistake – understanding how the world works at the fundamental level is not only liberating and exciting, it’s crucial in order to safeguard one’s intellect from being able to determine fact from fiction. And when arguments from authority are presented or asserted in a reactionary way, a continuously refined skepticism and knowledge of science (pertaining to and incorporating a global view of our society) will prevent us from being lied to so that we may hold said authority accountable. With persistence, we will appoint authority figures to positions of influence whom are scientifically literate themselves; that is, if artificial intelligence doesn’t step in and fill these roles for us to correct for human error.

To this end, I find it disturbing that the health and sustainability of our society has become so politicized and polarized to ad nauseam, moving beyond simple hypocrisy. Complaining about our imperfect healthcare system while pushing for environmental deregulation and, simultaneously, a resurgence of fossil fuels, is not hypocritical; it’s ignorance. Madness. And it’s betraying the very biosphere which enabled our existence, and enables it still.

—  @sagansense

So I can’t promise this will be my last political post. Star Wars, Sci-Fi and general escapism are what this blog is normally about, but these aren’t normal times. We’re heading down a very dark path where logic and rationality don’t really apply, and basically the only option left is triage. I’m not going to go into my predictions as to what will be happening in the next little while (although I know some of you want me to). Long story short—I’m usually very accurate, and there’s a good reason why I stick to predicting things that have little real-world consequence like Star Wars. People get upset.

And yet. I will say this:

My personal philosophy tends to be logic-driven and exceptionally grey. I’m fiercely protective of my own autonomy and apolitical. Unless you cross one of several (moral) red lines, I’m willing to co-exist with those who have vast differences from my own—so long as they’re not trying to actively harm others. Rarely do I grow rigid with this red line within fandom, unless you push me too far (see: antis). My opinion on fandom—as I’ve stated before—is that it should be for fun.

This philosophy of live-and-let-laugh does not extend to real-world concerns: to conflicts that directly affect the safety of myself, my friends, or those like me. It does not extend to those that vote for a xenophobic, racist, misogynistic proto-fascist who is on tape professing to sexual assault; to those who have said yes to policies of bigotry and hatred that will affect women and minorities for generations to come. To those of you who did this—to those of you who answered this cry with a resounding yes—know that this is a moral red line that has been irrevocably crossed. There’s no going back.

I’ve seen a lot of posts around tumblr over the past twenty-four hours; a lot of justifiable rage, but also some “unfollow me/block me if you voted for x,” directed towards suspect followers. These requests are utterly unrealistic in that they expect right-wing populists who voted for an extremist (who thinks of you as less than a person) to take the effort to unfollow you—the scapegoats of their rage—when hurting you is so much easier. To expect consideration is foolish.

I believe in being proactive about your fate, and whom you chose to associate with. I’m especially dogged about it in real life. To my followers who voted for Trump and are out-and-proud: you’ve made it clear how you feel about me and those you deem other, so here’s The End. I’m taking the initiative and doing the blocking for you.

ID #96599

Name: Hema
Age: 18
Country: Canada

Hi! I’ve wanted a penpal for a while, I figured I would start! I love the read and write, and I keep a regular journal. I’ll read anything, but lately I’ve been trying to get more into the classics (I started Anna Karenina recently). I’m beginning my bachelor’s degree in political science in September, and I speak French as well. I’m trying to learn Spanish too, but it’s going veeeeeeery slowly. I think it would be really cool to talk to someone from far away!

Preferences: Preferably under 30, any gender, any race, any sexuality

April 7, 2016 // [3/100

I’ve been taking a break from my regular/required/real schoolwork and attending a conference on campus about voting/collective decision-making. The conference has been fascinating – in my four years, one of the most academically inspiring events I’ve partaken in; I feel reaffirmed in my hopes about grad school. Anyways, it all took place in this warm room in the Quadrangle Club.