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In Control

*You work for WICKED but after spending years watching Minho, you start to fall for him; when he comes into contact with a Griever one day, you interfere.*

You watched the two screens you were in charge of and typed away codes to control the Maze and the weather. That’s what you were put in charge of. Keep it sunny, and control the Maze. Pretty simple, right? Not really. Not if you were in love with someone who put his life at risk everyday, doing something you had complete control over. That was, except for the very restrictive rules you were expected to follow. The rules were made very clear, especially since you were the youngest worker here, and you had “overflowing hormones.”

“They know about WICKED.” you heard someone say one day and you felt a pang of sadness overcome you. Especially when you heard Minho saying awful things about the people who worked for “WCKD.” 

It was another exciting day for you. You loved coming in and watching Minho’s muscular body move as he ran swiftly through the Maze. But you also hated it. You hated working for WICKED. But it was your only chance of surviving the Flare. You knew you were protected under the roof of the awful company. You had no one left. Minho was the closest thing you had to anything nice. 

“Shit.” you muttered as you saw the red light flash on your screen.

“This isn’t supposed to happen.” you said louder and a few of the workers turned their heads towards you.

“What’s going on?” one of them asked and you began to panic.

“One of the ‘Grievers’ got out. That’s not supposed to happen.” you said, furiously trying to find the glitch.

“Who cares, just let the kid deal with it. That’s part of the whole plan, remember, Y/N?” she said and walked away, but you could see a few of your colleagues keeping an eye on you, watching you to see what you would do.

“But he’s one of our top candidates.” you said forcing a seriousness to your tone. You didn’t give a crap about candidates and the cure. You just wanted Minho to be okay.

“Don’t. Interfere.” you heard but kept on searching for the Griever with the glitch. You spotted it a few seconds later and changed the screen so that you had eyes on both the Griever and the boy. You watched as the Griever got closer to Minho, and your hands shook. You couldn’t just sit there and pretend that you weren’t in love with the boy you could kill or save with a press of a button. 

“Shuck!” you heard Minho yell as he came face to face with the Griever. That was it. You heard his voice in despair and you knew you couldn’t watch this all go downhill. You didn’t care what WICKED did to you for helping him. He can’t leave this world like this.

You pressed the button just as the Griever crashed into Minho. You heard the whirring of the machine monster stop and watched as you breathed heavily. He was alive. You knew he was because the computer data told you he was. And you hated that too. You wished you could feel him alive, breathing, his heart beating.

“Y/N!” you heard and you turned around. It was your boss.

“What did you do?” he asked and you furrowed your eyebrows.

“The right thing.” 


You watched as he woke up and read the note.

“I’m here to help. A friend from WICKED.” you watched as he conversed with the others, trying to figure out who wrote the note and what it meant. You felt tears fill up your eyes as you whispered goodbye to the two screens you had stared at for years. It was your turn now. You’ll never remember anything about Minho or anything you felt for him.


Your eyes met the boy’s and he smiled at you slightly before his face returned to a serious one. He was taller than you by a few inches and was super muscular and sweaty, but you instantly felt attracted to him. You wondered who he was and what his story was in this place they call the Glade.

“Girl Greenie. Nice to meet you; I’m Minho, Keeper of the Runners.”

Even if we lose - we have already won


Polls show that both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have trouble appealing to young voters. In a recent study released by Harvard, millennial voters, aged 18-29, overwhelmingly favored Bernie Sanders. Sanders pulled a net favorable rating of 54 percent, Clinton only had 37 percent, and Trump pulled a miserable 17 percent of the same age group.

While the Harvard study shows that Sanders supporters will likely support Clinton if they have no other choice against Trump, the study also indicates that the Sanders campaign has made a lasting impression on young voters that will remain whether or not he wins the nomination. Polling director John Della Volpe explained that: “He’s not moving a party to the left. He’s moving a generation to the left. Whether or not he’s winning or losing, it’s really that he’s impacting the way in which a generation — the largest generation in the history of America — thinks about politics.”

Della Volpe’s work at the John F. Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics shows that over the course of the Sanders campaign young voters increasingly favored the campaign’s core issues. Tracking data over time, Della Volpe noted that there was a demonstrable shift towards progressive politics in the last year. In fact Max Ehrenfreund of The Washington Post suggests that regardless of what happens in the campaign “Sanders might have already won a contest that will prove crucially important in America’s political future.”

As The Atlantic reports, this young generation is liberal, leftist and even socialist in record numbers. Mother Jones reports that it is the largest generation in the country and equal in in voting numbers to the Baby Boomers for the first time ever.

The Sanders campaign has resonated with millennials for the simple reason that he has been the only candidate to take the issues facing our nation’s young seriously. He was the first candidate to put the issue of student debt on the map and he was the only candidate brave enough to state outright that the greatest security threat to the planet is climate change—not ISIS.

But, perhaps most importantly, his campaign recognizes the very real economic challenges facing young voters, who not only have more debt than any other young generation in U.S. history, but also face higher unemployment and more depressed wages than their elders.

There is a host of overlap in the concerns of young voters and the core issues of the Sanders campaign.

You’d think that given the realities that this generation is now the largest potential voting bloc and that it shows only an increase in interest in political engagement that we would be hearing more about how Sanders has resonated successfully with young voters, how he has changed U.S. politics, and how his platform stands to influence future politics –including the 2016 election.

But you’re not hearing anything like that. Or at least very little. Instead you are hearing that Sanders needs to drop out and help unify the party. You are hearing that he is a sore loser and a demagogue. You are hearing him be called whiny, delusional and unreasonable.

In fact, you are hearing him be described exactly the same way that millennials are described.

Think about it. There is an uncanny resemblance between the ways that both millennial causes and the Sanders campaign have equally been dismissed and disparaged.

When Sanders calls for a recount, he sounds like a student whining about a grade. When Sanders suggests that the DNC is corrupt, he sounds like a millennial employee who endlessly questions her boss. When Sanders suggests that the system is rigged, he sounds like a whining kid who refuses to move out of his parent’s home and just get a job.

I’ve covered public portrayals of millennials for years and I have noted a tendency to reduce millennial political protest to the whining of spoiled slackers. The media coverage of this generation has been one of the most brutal in U.S. history. From Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter to campus protests for reform, young voters have been treated like self-indulgent idiots who are complaining that their handouts aren’t pouring in fast enough.

I had considered this generational warfare—where the older generations refused to take the nation’s youth seriously. And where the older generations declined to offer our young the same sorts of opportunities we had all enjoyed. Rather than recognize the real social and economic challenges of the millennial generation, I argued that society preferred to blame it on their lack of character, refusal to do hard work, and basic selfishness.

In this way millennials were blamed for their own challenges. They needed to toughen up and grow thicker skin. The rest of us didn’t have to worry about it. If we had any blame, it was that we have “over-mothered” these pathetic adult babies.

But now given the uncanny echo between millennial-bashing and Bernie-bashing it seems clear that the bulk of these attacks is not mainly about generational warfare. It is far more clearly about the collective failure to take the challenges of this generation—and this nation—seriously.

Millennials may be feeling these challenges more than their elders, but this is really about the way that progressive politics—that favor people over profits–constitutes a real threat to the establishment.

And both Sanders and his young supporters equally see that one of the primary political issues in this nation is the way that capital is protected over citizens.

The critiques of these groups, though, don’t come in the form of reasoned debate about the pros and cons of a two-party system, Democratic Socialism, Black Lives Matter, diversity on college campuses, and so on. Instead the attacks are personal. They suggest failures of character.

Characterizing social problems as personal problems has been one of the signal achievements of our neoliberal market-based society. If you don’t have a job, you are lazy. If you have too much student debt, you’re a loser. And if you are having a near impossible time getting a fair shake at running for president as a party outsider, you are a whiner.

In each case the status quo is defended over legitimate grievances that highlight a rigged system.

The blind acceptance of the establishment status quo was nowhere more apparent than during Chris Matthews’s interview with Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver on MSNBC a few days ago. Matthews literally told Weaver that his network and several others plan to call the nomination for Clinton before polls close in California on June 7 and before super delegates even go to the primary.

But rather than spurn a host of backlash over voter suppression, over mistakenly counting super delegate votes prior to those votes actually being cast, and over the heavy-handed role of the media in controlling politics—the Matthews comment went virtually unnoticed.

Instead, despite mounting evidence that Clinton may well be heading into serious fallout from her email scandal, the furor continues over Sanders refusing to “face reality” and drop out so the party can unify. Given the increasing data that suggest that Sanders is a better foil for Trump in the next election, it is time to wonder why the media isn’t asking Clinton to “face reality” and unify the party.

Thus far, though, we have yet to see the media recognize that the reality of the campaign is indeed shifting.

The good news is that most millennials don’t care, since they aren’t watching Matthews on MSNBC anyway and are more likely to get their news from Twitter and other on-line media.

The point is that millennials, just like the presidential candidate they support, get it. And they aren’t going to buy the establishment narratives of MSNBC, CNN, or Fox News.

At one quarter of the population and growing, millennials will eventually outsize their detractors and will have the numbers to set the political agenda. The Harvard poll also revealed that 51 percent of millennials value integrity and 26 percent value authenticity as the most important attributes in a candidate—a fact that shows why this generation favors Sanders and has a hard time supporting Clinton.

But perhaps even more interestingly, another study showed that 43 percent of millennials favor authenticity over content in their news—a sign that biased commentators like Chris Matthews may soon be a thing of the past.

/ Sophia A. McClennen is Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. She writes on the intersections between culture, politics, and society. /

anonymous asked:

Well I'm voting for Hillary because she's not as bad as trump, but you called her your queen so do you actually like her?

I’m a political junky. And I understand politics and that politicians are people doing a disgusting and sadly necessary job given the way humanity has evolved and structured ourselves.

I think Hillary Clinton is a brilliant and experienced woman who knows how shitty the job is and is still willing to take it on because someone has to.

I think Hillary has handled decades worth of misogyny with aplomb and a restraint that I couldn’t accomplish.

I think Hillary is as flawed and limited as all older white American women.

I think a lot of the vitriol directed at Hillary is fueled by a misogyny that I refuse to engage in. I think the very question of whether I “like” Hillary versus whether I support her policies and think she’s the most qualified candidate for president in the race is gendered & sexist.

I don’t personally know Hillary, but I believe that she’s the only person in the race capable of doing the job that she’s applying for. I hope she’s having a great day and I wish her the best. Because she is our only realistic option.

And if thinking that Hillary Clinton is a human being with flaws and talents who’s honestly trying to do the best she can in what are often impossible and unknowable circumstances for the rest of us means that I like her, then yes, I like Hillary & I think you should too, because I’m done with allowing people to shame me into not vocally and openly supporting the only candidate any of us should vote for this presidential election.

Of course some of Hillary’s policies are shit, but “liking” her has nothing to do with my impact or morality calculus. The current political and legal systems are trash and not the location of revolution. I’m trying to keep the most people alive and as safe as possible so that we can more easily mobilize for real revolution. Worrying about whether people actually “like” Hillary is an entitled, selfish, and self-image-absorbed concerned.

Fuck all of our feelings. Seriously, our personal feefees about candidates don’t mean shit. Hillary has to be elected so that those of us capable of voting in the US can maintain the privilege and space necessary to organize, mobilize, and bring about real revolution so that one day the imperialism, hegemony, capitalism & other evils we claim to be against won’t actually exist anymore.

Whether I “like” Hillary isnt the question. The question is whether “woke” folks are willing to put their egos and special snowflakeness aside to prioritize practice over pure theory in order to save the lives that we can.

Because the reality is that in a discussion of impacts, the impact of not voting for Hillary is aiding and abetting Trump’s election. So discussions of who “likes” who is a self-absorbed vanity project that’s motivated by the desire to maintain moral and ideological purity within a shitty and fucked up paradigm. I went door to door for John Kerry not because I “liked” him but because the other option was untenable & part of successful organizing is FALLING IN LINE.

So, sure, I can tell you that I “like” Hillary but that actually tells you very little about what I believe in and what I actually care about & you not “liking” her but still voting for her doesn’t make you any more righteous or knowledgeable than me nor your actions more justifiable than mine.

Like or dislike whomever you want. This shit is about survival. Vote accordingly.