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Kids with Guns (1)

When I wrote about the Marysville School Shooting two weeks ago, I discovered this list on school shootings on Wikipedia and it fascinated me endlessly. I wasn’t sure why until I started doing research because I wanted to write more about this topic. It’s fascinating to see that while almost all of those incidents are reported in the news, it often isn’t more than the initial “someone has been shooting at a school” report, but rarely any follow-ups. So it’s very hard to learn what was behind those shootings, to read about motives or reactions. I guess that’s not surprising for our media that it is only interested in the shock value of such news and doesn’t dare to dig deeper. Still, there are some follow-up articles and as I realized I might get obsessed with this topic because I endlessly wanted to look up everything, I decided to turn this into a series, focus on a couple of incidents and come back to that long, long list again (and again).

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Democracy or Let’s vote again until you get it right

I like talking about democracy. I recently read a great article that pretty much sums up how I feel about it (you can find it here). I summarize and add my thoughts (so, no, you don’t really have to read it anymore but you should because it’s quite good).
democracy2 As we learn in school, democracy is the only form of government that is acceptable. In history we basically follow its steps from Greece to today with the supposed conclusion of “And now made it!” But did we? Democracy today means choosing between two major parties (in most countries) that in the end often don’t differ very much, being surveyed by the government or by companies, mostly about 50% voter participation and politicians who never seem to care about issues the people care about (will we ever really elect people who think global warming is a big issue?) and politics ruled by capitalism. Everyone’s always talking about how important voting is and how lucky we are to live in a democracy, but if you really get down to it, it’s a pretty devastating picture. I mean, who really thinks our kind of politics works well?
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