He is, in many opinions, one of the worst presidents of American history due to the sheer qualities of his presidency. A slave owner, an advocate for slavery itself, and behind the immoral and practical genocide of the Native American tribes, Andrew Jackson was a rather heavy-handed and cold-hearted President. But, we don’t recall him in general history as this. We remember him as a ‘war hero’, a man who beat his failed assassin to death with his cane. We remember a cruel bastard as “America’s Badass”.
From cellular phones to personal computers, humanity is becoming dependent upon technology. Clunky encyclopedias are outdated within a year while the internet is updated constantly. Newspapers line bird cages and litter the streets while colorful apps alert us every hour on the hour. Less people are clocking in for the six o’clock news while more people get their news from more trustworthy social media applications. The way we get our information is steadily becoming less traditional and more technological!
The United States State Department recently attempted to “stay hip” while “informing the general public” through a string of incredibly awkward and rather offensive tweets on their social media platform. It almost seems as if an unpaid intern just decided to say “fuck it” and gave up his prestigious position ghostwriting the State Department’s Twitter account in order to send out awkward Spring Break tips. And when I say AWKWARD, I really mean AWKWARD.
When we think of world domination, we oftentimes think of countries that have strongholds on land mass. How much of the world has been painted with their flag? While this won’t necessarily be the perfect explanation for what the empires stood for or accomplished, it’ll be interesting to see what nations had at least the slightest chance to dominate the world in one form or another. There are thousands of empires to choose from, so I’m going to focus on five of them.
Over seventy chairs would be vacant — abandoned, even — by 1861, but the reasons have various degrees of acceptability. Some of these men resigned to become ministers, secretaries in the cabinet, or ambassadors. A few, like George W. Scranton of Pennsylvania’s 12th district, died. Some even resigned to enter the Union Army itself. These chairs, of the seventy, would be filled after the short periods of incumbent elected periods ended. But, nevertheless, it seems like the 36th Congress of the United States would have been a considerably unproductive one, with multiple representatives resigning, being expelled, or withdrawing from duty. How can anything be done if there is no communication? How can politics continue without compromise and with secession?
The world has always been an elongated spectrum of something we arbitrarily call ideas. Thoughts, inventions, the process of all social matter, the creation of us as a civilized and coordinated society, and every stake we’ve thrust into the heart of intellectual progress. Some have been more dominant than others, being accepted by most of humanity – an infrastructure composed of millions, and at this point even billions, of individuals who all go through the eternal struggle of complex interactions. These ideas are accepted and therefore thrive on the unquestionable majority rule we can see throughout our own society. Others, on the other hand, have been burned at stake and lost to the endless flow of our own ignorance and arrogance, leading factors in what will surely be the beginning of the demise of our intellectual progress in this era of great transition.
What is government? An idea. An institution. An elitist opinionated group – whether it be through royal blood-reigned monarchy or iron fisted tyranny or elected democracy. How the power is exhumed is unimportant when it comes to the advantages perceived by those of status. This idea, one that has banded our society together since the very first settlements in our society, is a remnant of the original Old. Along with fetishism, the worship of trees and water and such, came the primitive thought of social status. Of social rank. We see early chieftains and village elders, ones who led simply though respect, and eventually early kings and emperors, ones who led oftentimes through pulling the strings of the early versions of theology or through power. In short, an institution which connects the string of other institutions.
These executions are the first of what will no doubtfully be many in this new year, and it’s no longer a surprise. The ultra-conservative and rather radical Saudi Arabian kingdom put at least 157 people to death in 2015, the most annually in two decades. This first official mass execution is a rather large percentage of the total we saw in the last year.
Robert Budd Dwyer, known as R. Budd Dwyer, was an American Republican politician in Pennsylvania during the early 1970s to the late 1980s. From social studies teacher to senator representing the Pennsylvanian 50th District to the Treasurer of the state itself, he rose through the ranks of society’s politics fairly quickly. However, like many politicians, Mr. Dwyer was caught up in a terrible scandal. No, he didn’t delete 18 minutes of anything; and no, he didn’t sleep with an intern. In fact, he might have done absolutely nothing at all.
What exactly is propaganda? Propaganda is often defined as any form of communication, usually in the form of posters and other visual aids such as news print, that promotes a certain belief or cause and is often biased. Propaganda is aimed to influence a general population towards a belief, organization, person, or cause. While the idea of propaganda has a strong connection with negativity (mostly due to manipulative uses by Nazi Germany to justify their horrific actions during the Holocaust), propaganda throughout most of history was more often for overall neutral and positive gain. Some examples of positive propaganda would be encouragement for public health, crime stoppers advertisements, and even election banners. In synopsis, propaganda is any encouragement in the form of communication that is used to force an opinion down a population’s throat — whether it be subtle or not.