any way the wind blows

Apr 19

theatlantic:

More Money Buys More Life: The Awful Consequence of Inequality

The income gap meets the longevity gap.
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

More Money Buys More Life: The Awful Consequence of Inequality

The income gap meets the longevity gap.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Apr 04

theatlantic:

Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians

Quick: Name a senator who served between the Civil War and World War I. Struggling? Now name a tycoon who bought senators during the same period. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller … it’s easier.
And for good reason. The tycoons mattered more. Gilded Age industrialists—who had amassed levels of wealth unseen in American history—frequently dominated the politicians who enjoyed putative power to write the laws. In 1896, when corporations could give directly to political candidates, pro-corporate Republican presidential candidate William McKinley raised $16 million to populist Democrat William Jennings Bryan’s $600,000. “All questions in a democracy,” declared McKinley’s campaign manager, Mark Hanna, are “questions of money.”  
The Roberts Court seems to agree. The astonishing concentration of wealth among America’s super-rich, combined with a Supreme Court determined to tear down the barriers between their millions and our elections, is once again shifting the balance of power between politicians and donors. You could see it during last weekend’s “Sheldon primary,” when four major presidential contenders flocked to Las Vegas to court one man. When Chris Christie, not known for backing down from a fight, used a phrase (“occupied territories”) that Adelson disliked, he quickly apologized. And with good reason. Adelson, who probably spent north of $100 million in the 2012 election, can single-handedly sustain a presidential candidacy, or wreck one. He’s certainly wields more influence over American politics than most members of the United States Senate.
Read more. [Image: Yuya Shino/Reuters]

theatlantic:

Mega-Donors Are Now More Important Than Most Politicians

Quick: Name a senator who served between the Civil War and World War I. Struggling? Now name a tycoon who bought senators during the same period. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller … it’s easier.

And for good reason. The tycoons mattered more. Gilded Age industrialists—who had amassed levels of wealth unseen in American history—frequently dominated the politicians who enjoyed putative power to write the laws. In 1896, when corporations could give directly to political candidates, pro-corporate Republican presidential candidate William McKinley raised $16 million to populist Democrat William Jennings Bryan’s $600,000. “All questions in a democracy,” declared McKinley’s campaign manager, Mark Hanna, are “questions of money.”  

The Roberts Court seems to agree. The astonishing concentration of wealth among America’s super-rich, combined with a Supreme Court determined to tear down the barriers between their millions and our elections, is once again shifting the balance of power between politicians and donors. You could see it during last weekend’s “Sheldon primary,” when four major presidential contenders flocked to Las Vegas to court one man. When Chris Christie, not known for backing down from a fight, used a phrase (“occupied territories”) that Adelson disliked, he quickly apologized. And with good reason. Adelson, who probably spent north of $100 million in the 2012 election, can single-handedly sustain a presidential candidacy, or wreck one. He’s certainly wields more influence over American politics than most members of the United States Senate.

Read more. [Image: Yuya Shino/Reuters]

Mar 27

“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are. It soley relies on what you think.” — Buddha (via the-heart-of-the-lion)

(Source: selenemooneffe, via wonderful-life-moments)

(Source: wonderful-life-moments)

Mar 23

indypendent-thinking:

Paul Newman

indypendent-thinking:

Paul Newman

Mar 18

pewresearch:

Chart of the Week: The ever-accelerating rate of technology adoption

pewresearch:

Chart of the Week: The ever-accelerating rate of technology adoption

(via npr)

thenewrepublic:

politicalprof:

Who’s in jail, where, and for what. 
(Silent scream.)

Interesting stuff

thenewrepublic:

politicalprof:

Who’s in jail, where, and for what. 

(Silent scream.)

Interesting stuff

Mar 11

thenewrepublic:

The only chart you need to understand just how crazily rich and powerful the Koch brothers are.

thenewrepublic:

The only chart you need to understand just how crazily rich and powerful the Koch brothers are.

Feb 24

“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
- E.B. White”

Feb 19

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