A person who subscribes completely and wholly to the strict party ideologies of the left and right can often be found on internet forums debating the talking points of their [social] conservative and liberal figureheads in office and in the media. Often, this willingness to regurgitate the flawed tenets of Republicrats (Republicans & Democrats; one in the same) will result in a vote for the Donald Trumps and Hillary Clintons of the realm. One could say that a well-informed citizen who has spent time poring over the conflicting philosophies only to eventually draw the conclusion that both are wrong (self-serving and not in the interests of the people) will probably find themselves voting 3rd party, if at all.
The reason for this 3rd-party vote varies: from alienation and disillusionment, to poor candidate choices from Republicrats to a stark awareness of the sinister nature of Politics in general; circa 2017. The common thread throughout these rationales is an informed, intelligent and objective voter base, completely aware that they are no longer represented by their own government.
However fervently Democrats and Republican voters pontificate on social media, many are clearly ‘stuck’ in conditioned patterns of thought, a consequence of decades of declining education and increasing institutionalization. The ability to ‘think for oneself’ has been diminished slowly over time and this has become apparent in how many of today’s voters (to paraphrase Chomsky) debate each other fiercely within the limited spectrum they are afforded. Perhaps those who posses the awareness to break their mind free from these limitations make up a large percentage of those who expressed their complete rejection of the status-quo via a 3rd-Party vote in 2016.
Could this manifestation of awareness in 3rd party voters be correlated to general intelligence levels in states? The trendline says: kinda.
The data from the above chart was taken from the 2016 Popular Vote Tracker and The Washington Post’s 2015 State Intelligence Study, a combination of state by state IQ, ACT scores, SAT scores and percentage of college graduates compared to the national median (negative scores indicate a negative deviation from national median).
We needn’t endorse the means of desperate people to acknowledge their ends are worth fighting for.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown
I agree with Robby Soave that non-defensive violence is not a good solution, both for moral and tactical reasons. But I nonetheless find myself filled with empathy for the people—rioters? protesters?— who have been engaging in acts of violence against police property, corporate property, and police themselves this afternoon and evening in Baltimore. That’s not to say I condone their acts, but I find them understandable. Resistance isn’t always rational, nor necessarily kind. Or, to say it another way, desperate people do desperate things. And it is very clear that there are a lot of people in this country in a state of desperation over our unaccountable, ever-encroaching, fee-mongering, violence-first police force and its myriad biases.
I was never a police hater or even much of a police skeptic, you guys. Sure, I believed in bad apples and bad laws—especially concentrated on/around bad policy, like the drug war—but I still believed the vast majority of individual cops and law enforcement agents were basically good. And they still may be, but it doesn’t really matter in the face of a system that’s so thoroughly stacked, at all levels, against the vulnerable and disenfranchised, as well as toward the perpetuation of its own power and unaccountability. Covering “criminal justice” in various ways for the past year and a half at Reason—from the crafting of legislation aimed at cracking down on criminals of various sorts and the swelling/moral squalor of America’s jails and prisons to individual instances of police abuse and the “general warrants” that are vice laws … I don’t necessarily think most cops or prosecutors are bad people, but they’re fucked (as are we all) by a sweeping, self-perpetuating schemata that knows but one problem and one solution: bad guys and more (thorough) more (prisons) more (funds) more (fear) more (MORE) law enforcement. Continue reading
One of the most glaring myths propagated by Washington — especially the two parties’ media loyalists — is that bipartisanship is basically impossible, that the two parties agree on so little, that they are constantly at each other’s throats over everything. As is so often the case for Washington partisan propaganda, the reality is exactly the opposite: Continue reading
Source: The Guardian
- Exclusive: Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US
- ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights
- Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death
The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.
Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:
- Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
- Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
- Shackling for prolonged periods.
- Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
- Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead. Continue reading
In an excellent example of extremes within a manufactured paradigm, political prisoner/whistle-blower Bradley Manning dodges the life in prison bullet only to catch a 10-20 year kick in the teeth. In a system that mock-executes its victim’s to extract and sigh of relief and a ‘thanks’ as it attaches electrodes to you, it comes as no surprise that even those who reject such a system are rejoicing that gross injustice has been defeated. Activist Post reports:
After over 1,000 days in confinement, some of which was tantamount to torture, Manning will not go down in history as the arch-villain that the government tried to portray him as.
However, Manning was found guilty on 19 of the lesser computer-related charges associated with the mechanics behind the leak itself. He also previously pled guilty to charges which will see him spend a likely 10-20 years behind bars.
Nevertheless, the attempted precedent to redefine a whistle-blower as worthy of life in prison, or even death, has apparently been thwarted for now.
In these modern times of tyranny destroying the ideals of freedom and democracy, the system is designed to protect itself, not the people. Continue reading
In present day ‘civilization’, the toxic result of the persistent influence of vice and violence manifests itself in daily life. It appears in ways that wouldn’t typically register as direct results of these influences. However, when you stand back and look at the big picture, you can clearly see the societal decay that most people are blind to, usually inducing them to ask the question: “What the hell is wrong with people today?”
For as long as Western Society has existed, there too has existed a trade in drugs. The reasons for this trade have varied, but the traditional justification has always been profit. The demand was always high to get high; traders crossed deserts and oceans to peddle these profitable items. When a morality finally evolved around addiction to and use of drugs, the culture surrounding the trade, use and enjoyment of these substances was already deeply imbedded; from the sewers to the senate. Many of this country’s leadership come from families who were long-involved in overseas trade in the early years of our nation and remember the profitability of narcotics in those days. Continue reading
Source: Blessed Is Truth
According to several Yemeni-based local newspapers, US Senator John McCain, who briefly visited Yemen earlier this week to offer his support to the coalition government and discuss political and security developments is rumored to have directly urged President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi to facilitate the transfer of Jihadists to Syria.
As the Free Syrian Army is struggling to secure its advances against Syrian President Bashar al-Assas, whose lists of supporters while thin remains mighty in military might, Washington and its allies in the region are said to be looking at ways to swell the ranks of the opposition by allowing foreign fighters to enroll against Assad regime. Continue reading