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Voter power outside of elections?

submission by theshindigg in PoliticalDiscussion

3 years, 9 months ago

Disclaimer: After a bit of searching on metareddit, this seems the most appropriate place for me to post this inquiry. If I am wrong, or if anyone feels there's a better subreddit in which to post this, please let me know. Also, sorry for the WoT. tl;dr at bottom.

Actual Post: As I've progressed through my university education and paid more attention to political discussions/happenings, I've noticed more and more instances of law makers doing things that don't make sense. Primarily, I mean crafting/signing bills that hurt competition and the free market while saying they do just the opposite (e.g. Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan signing a new law banning Tesla from both selling and showcasing their cars in the state). When I send emails to my representatives, I generally get canned responses if any response at all.

In poli sci classes and political discussions with individuals, I'm told that I can tell a politician I disagree with their practices with my vote. I'm told that if a politician feels they won't get reelected, then they'll start listening and become more responsive to their constituents. I've admittedly seen this work when a large movement starts and voters form large, coherent groups, but I am more concerned personally with issues that have trouble garnering much attention from the general public.

My primary question is this: How do I, and by extension all of us, combat the disregard of reason that seems to go hand in hand with political contributions when voting is not enough? Primarily I'm curious about state-level politicians, like the aforementioned Gov. Snyder. The options I see currently before me are either get rich and use money myself or put in enormous amounts of time and effort for small effects. I currently can't afford, both time- and resource-wise, to implement either of those options in my life, so I'm wondering if anyone has thought of or tried anything with an investment/payout ratio that's a bit more realistic.

tl;dr: Is there any way, outside of voting, to encourage reason in local-/state-level law-making that doesn't require unrealistic time/money investments?

[Suggestion] Can someone make a metareddit?

submission by Vinarinarinarin in ImaginaryNetwork

3 years, 9 months ago

I think I have all of the imaginary network in one of my metareddits, but I'm terrified I missed a few. Is there any way that someone can make a metareddit that has ALL of the network in it, that updates as more are added and put the link in the sidebar?

Is there a list of subreddits?

comment by dont_judge_me_monkey in AskReddit

3 years, 9 months ago

Metareddit.com

California adopts 'yes means yes' sex-assault rule: Gov. Jerry Brown announced Sunday that he has signed a bill that makes California the first in the nation to define when "yes means yes" and adopt requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

comment by ImNotJesusDad in news

3 years, 9 months ago

I use this account to tell you what we both already know but what you hate admitting to yourself. You're a metareddit loser who would get me banned by your /r/circlebroke buddies who mod /r/news so I use this alt so I don't get banned one my 5 year account. What happened to that /r/depression post you made about not getting daddy's love and how you were seriously depressed about it? I miss reading that one. Hopefully you get love and support from the other losers in your private /r/circlebroke subreddits and cliques who are also basket cases and struggling with depression. Anyways, keep up the good work with being a white knight in all of the subs you mod so that you can make yourself feel better about yourself. It's a simple and easy way that many loser males of this generation turn to take their minds off the fact that they're nobodies.

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comment by drillerkiller9 in AskReddit

3 years, 9 months ago

Also http://www.redditlist.com/nsfw or http://metareddit.com/reddits/over18/list if you want a littler more.... research material.

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comment by pwndepot in pics

3 years, 9 months ago

You gotta get off the default subs. They have been infiltrated. It's where the masses spend their time repeating the same crap from facebook and all the other cliquey sites or it's where ad after ad are posted if you believe the guys in r/hailcorporate. Check out metareddit.com if you never have. It's a reddit sub searcher/browser. In searching for my hobbies and interests, I've been exposed to some awesome, vastly under-appreciated smaller subs with more engaging and receptive comment sections that don't devolve into 1) arguments over semantics and grammar or 2) stupid, stupid pun trains that have been repeated hundreds of times. I still browse a few of the default subs from time to time if I am in the mood for some quick, simple jokes. But I don't go there for anything substantial or thought provoking, and certainly not for my main source of reddit entertainment.

Not that you care, but in reading your comment and typing this response, I realized this was the last straw for me. I am unsubbing from /pics as soon as I send this. So thank you for that and good luck on your way, fellow traveler.

Boys Wear Skirts to Class in Protest After School Fines Trans Girl for Wearing Skirt

comment by multiusedrone in UpliftingNews

3 years, 10 months ago

I rarely vote at all, but mentioning up/downvotes at all when it's not a metareddit discussion makes my Z key itchy.

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