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Political Ideologies

A political ideology largely concerns itself with how to allocate power and to what ends it should be used. Some parties follow a certain ideology very closely, while others may take broad inspiration from a group of related ideologies without specifically embracing any one of them. The popularity of an ideology is in part due to the influence of moral entrepreneurs, who sometimes act in their own interests. (Wikipedia)

 


Dark Money


NPR’S Steve Inskeep talks to author Jane Mayer about her new book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Learn how the Koch Brothers’ Donations Push Their Political Agenda

 


How is Wealth Distributed in the US?

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers.

Pew Data

Black Wealth / White Wealth

According to PrisonPath.com, there are approximately 1700 state prisons in the United States. Texas has the most state prisons with 105. Texas had more inmates in its jurisdiction than any other state, with nearly 158,000 inmates as of 2012. No state had a higher incarceration rate than Louisiana, with 893 people behind bars for every 100,000 residents. Many state prisons are extremely overcrowded. The Federal courts have confronted California and Gov. Jerry Brown over its overcrowded prisons. California’s state prisons are operating at 40 percent above capacity.

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Wealth and Political Power

Who Rules the World? How  does the concentration of Wealth and Political Power Undermines Global Democracy? In the US we are granted the illusion that voters generally have power over our elected leaders, the direction of the economy, and how to tackle climate change and other major issues. But where does the real power lie?

 

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