Who do you think has TOO MUCH power in our society?

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Who do you think has TOO MUCH power in our society?

spiced spiced
Which of the following do you feel has too much control and influence in today's society? Check all that you feel apply.
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Corporations
32
Governments
31
Religions
24
The Military/Industrial complex
14
PACs and other "political money" groups
18
Media
31
Unions
8
Homeowner's associations
7
Rich people
33
Poor people
4
Ordinary people
Men
12
Women
3
Minorities
10
Majorities
5
Sex toy retailers
1
Other
4
Total votes: 237 (59 voters)
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03/15/2013
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1001 Pleasures 1001 Pleasures
Corporate America, which seems to own all the politicians.
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Mwar Mwar
Rich people, big business, lobbyists, and Religion.
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KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
Sometimes I honestly don't feel like it's a democracy. :-/
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HannahPanda HannahPanda
A little bit, yeah.
03/15/2013
BlooJay BlooJay
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Originally posted by 1001 Pleasures
Corporate America, which seems to own all the politicians.
I agree.
03/15/2013
RonLee RonLee
The Police.
03/15/2013
emilia emilia
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
Which of the following do you feel has too much control and influence in today's society? Check all that you feel apply.
media
03/15/2013
RonLee RonLee
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Originally posted by RonLee
The Police.
Particularly those police departments that use civil asset forfeiture to "police" for profit.
03/15/2013
sexxxkitten sexxxkitten
Corporations and government
03/15/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by RonLee
The Police.
Well, Sting maybe.
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Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
Everyone but me!!!
03/15/2013
kandy anjel kandy anjel
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Originally posted by spiced
Which of the following do you feel has too much control and influence in today's society? Check all that you feel apply.
govenment
03/15/2013
damnbul12 damnbul12
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
Which of the following do you feel has too much control and influence in today's society? Check all that you feel apply.
Corporations
03/15/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
The ones that shouldn't have it.
03/15/2013
mdnght mdnght
Lmao at the people who voted for women, poor people, and minorities. Here's to hoping those were sarcastic votes.
03/15/2013
Martiniman Martiniman
The religious right has quite a bit of power when we are suppose to have separation of church and state.
03/16/2013
Hummingbird Hummingbird
Families... Sometimes the just won't let you be yourself.
03/16/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by mdnght
Lmao at the people who voted for women, poor people, and minorities. Here's to hoping those were sarcastic votes.
Yeah — I put those up there to highlight the ridiculousness of the idea that those groups could somehow have too much power. If you pay attention, though, there are people who regularly make arguments based on the assumption that these groups DO have too much power. Which shows that people will do just about anything to achieve their ends.

I'm a little surprised how few people seem to realize the HUGE and largely unchecked power of the Military/Industrial Complex or PACs and other "political money" groups.
03/16/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Quote:
Originally posted by Mwar
Rich people, big business, lobbyists, and Religion.
I agree in general - except that I see almost no evidence of religious power. Religions leaders have some influence but no actual power. Every can opt out - and it seems to me that most have opted out.
03/16/2013
ViVix ViVix
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Originally posted by spiced
Which of the following do you feel has too much control and influence in today's society? Check all that you feel apply.
Someone really believes poor people have too much power? Odd.
03/16/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
I agree in general - except that I see almost no evidence of religious power. Religions leaders have some influence but no actual power. Every can opt out - and it seems to me that most have opted out.
To me, influence is simply an indirect form of power. I think religions have a LOT of influence over politics in this country. For just one example, do you think Prop 8 would have passed without the efforts of socially-conservative churches?

As for opting out, according to a recent Gallup poll, 69% of American consider themselves "very" or "moderately" religious; 20% of Americans still go to church every week. That's a lot of folks!
03/16/2013
MrWill MrWill
ALL of these options only have power if you give them power. You can take that power back at any time.
03/16/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by mdnght
Lmao at the people who voted for women, poor people, and minorities. Here's to hoping those were sarcastic votes.
I was thinking the same thing. WTF? Those three groups have the least power in our country.

The rich and the fucking banks and bankers (and the congressmen they own) have the most. "Too big to fail." Cripes.
03/16/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Hummingbird
Families... Sometimes the just won't let you be yourself.
But, you can always just say NO to family. You can't to the rich and those who own and run large corporations.
03/16/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
I agree in general - except that I see almost no evidence of religious power. Religions leaders have some influence but no actual power. Every can opt out - and it seems to me that most have opted out.
Gun, if religious groups didn't have so much power we would not still be arguing about contraception, whether or not employer insurance pays for it, choice, and GLBTQ rights in 2013.

THEY (religious groups) are responsible for the stagnation of our social progress in these areas and others.
03/16/2013
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by MrWill
ALL of these options only have power if you give them power. You can take that power back at any time.
Let me know how I can "take back" my power over the bank telling us our house is worth LESS than what we owe on it. I'd do it in a minute. Tell me how my neighbor can get health insurance from her husband's employer, since the employer has less than 50 employees (and drives a Jaguar) and hides under the law and his "we won't be able to hire anybody if we have to provide insurance" excuse (and they haven't hired anybody, despite RECORD PROFITS in years anyway. They'd rather KEEP all their profits than do a damn thing for their employees, and they are just like virtually every other corporation, large or small.)

We're basically helpless under the yoke of the power the Rich have on us. Thinking otherwise is simply wishful thinking.
03/16/2013
Rhazya Rhazya
Big banks or the people that decide how much college should cost. It's ridiculous I have to pay the majority of the money I make each month to pay back student loans. Which leaves little to no money for rent/utilities, groceries/car insurance or a car. I understand having to pay for going to college, but I should be able to have a normal life after the fact. I don't think it's unreasonable to want to be able to have a place of my own or one that I share with only a few others, able to purchase groceries, and maybe afford to buy a few non expensive frivolous things a month.
03/16/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
Giant multinationals, hands down.
03/16/2013
spiced spiced
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Originally posted by Rhazya
Big banks or the people that decide how much college should cost. It's ridiculous I have to pay the majority of the money I make each month to pay back student loans. Which leaves little to no money for rent/utilities, groceries/car insurance or ...
I agree. It took me about 12 years to finally pay mine off completely and I think it's even worse today. Have you looked into Income-Based Repayment?
03/16/2013
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