Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Much too cool to ignore

This is an algorithmic demonstration of the non-partisan corruption at the heart of our political system.  If you zoom in on the picture, you will discover that financial firms constitute the exact center of political payola.  Our current system for the production and distribution of credit is perhaps the most centralized form of human social organization of all time, when you take into account both its political and real economic dimensions.

It is important to note that we do not impose the partisan separation or the placement of party outliers apparent in the image. Rather, the algorithm places Red Senators in Blue Territory and Blue Senators in Red Territory because they receive significant sums from industries who typically fund the opposing party. For example, consider Senator Olympia J Snowe (R-ME) who is typically characterized as a moderate Republican.  Since she receives money from more industries that typically fund Democrats than Republicans, she is placed in Blue Territory by the algorithm.

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