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Is Life Just One Big Game of Monopoly?

Cries are heard from the nursery as the monopoly game of life begins to unfold. The players chose their pieces and equally align themselves on the “Go” space. They are ready to actively participate in the race for the American Dream.

Paul Piff created a social experiment to analyze the outcomes and consequences of the psychology of wealth. Piff conducted an experiment in which participants were to play Monopoly against one another — EXCEPT, this was in no way the average Monopoly game. Piff rigged the game to give one person an advantage while playing, and one person a disadvantage. The results were uncanny. Throughout the experiment, the advantaged player began acting with a sense of entitlement and narcissism as the fellow participant struggled to stay alive in the game.

Advantage Player      VS.      Disadvantaged Player

-Multiple Dice                                  -One Dice

– $200 at “Go”                                 -$100 at “Go”

-Got 2x the amount                     -Collects half the salary

of money at the start

Unfortunately, like Piff’s Monopoly game, the American Dream can NOT be achieved through hard work and the “tightening of the bootstraps.” The game has been rigged from the start, a predestined fate, as you will. I do not want to exclude those special cases where people have overcome poverty and made it to the top. Yet, when the statistical evidence overwhelming shows that 42 percent of children born into poverty will never get out, the facts just cannot be ignored.

Olivia C. Granja

A Shift in Ideology for the GOP?

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This Washington Post article is a fascinating story because it shows the current climate of the country regarding income inequality.

As the topic becomes more important, opinions seem to be reforming in the Republican Party.

“Republicans are striking an increasingly populist tone these days,” writes Amber Phillips.

Some contenders are no longer attempting to ignore or debunk income inequality like Conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly has on his popular television show.

Instead, top GOP contenders including Donald Trump, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and others are discussing big changes.

This includes going after “big banks” and even implementing a higher tax on the wealthy.

Donald Trump has said, “I want to lower taxes for the middle class…the middle class built this country…not the hedge fund guys.” Jeb Bush also believes regulation is needed for the “bad banks.”

Everyone knows talk is cheap, but it is promising to see candidates stray away from typical GOP ideologies and realize the income/wealth gap is a major problem in today’s society.

Whether these candidates sincerely mean it or are just simply appealing to the masses to earn votes remains to be seen.

One can only hope it is the former and not the latter.

By: Jackson Rioux