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Will a Card Game Save America?


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At the start of November, Cards Against Humanity began a marketing campaign like no other. Cards Against Humanity, a spin-off of Apples to Apples featuring politically incorrect games like the ones shown below, received 150,000 donations of fifteen dollars each in an effort to save America with six days of “incredible surprises.” They have revealed these surprises throughout this month.

An example of a hilarious pair. Source: Eatliver.com

The first surprise was that Cards Against Humanity was stopping Trump’s border wall between the United States and Mexico. They used some of the money they received to purchase a plot of vacant land along the Southern border to make it as difficult as possible for a wall to be build. Although the U.S. government would likely try to use eminent domain to purchase the land back, Cards Against Humanity is trying to make it as difficult as possible for them to do it, and has hired a law firm specializing in eminent domain to resist such an order. According to their lawyers, “The whole legal process can take quite a long time — who knows, maybe longer than the current president will be in office? For however long it takes, we are ready for a protracted resistance to any attempts by the government to build a wall on this land.”

On the second day, Cards Against Humanity launched the Good News Podcast, a daily reminder that not all news is bad. In contrast to the current news that often induces “stress-diarrhea”, the Good News podcast attempts to start your day right with some good recent events. It features short, seven-minute episodes where the hosts, Colleen and Neil, discuss merry topics such as pets, Christmas, and cardboard rocket ships. With the money from the fundraiser, the Good News Podcast will last in production for an  entire year.

Then, on the third day, Cards Against Humanity attempted to redistribute wealth. It refunded some of the $15 payments and granted the poorest one hundred subscribers, according to their survey, one thousand dollars. Some used the money to help pay rent, medical bills, or education expenses, among other needs.

Khan Dragmire of Idaho, one of the recipients, said:

I will use this money towards paying off college debt/education expenses. I am a disabled/special needs student so it means the difference between having supplies/time to “barely pass” vs. having what I need to be ahead, or at least at equal vantage point.

It’s genuinely the difference between living off of ramen and paranoid-checking of the bank account daily to be sure it has enough to pay our bills, vs. having a small amount of leeway.

It means I will feel more free to visit my family, if I so wish, instead of working through the holidays to survive. This would be amazing for me, as I haven’t seen my family in three years!

Wealth inequality, one of the world’s largest issues, has truly shaken America. One in five households have negative wealth, and more than half of Americans can’t come up with $400 in an emergency. While Cards Against Humanity could not tackle the issue of wealth inequality as a whole, it had to start somewhere, in this case by donating $1,000 to the people who need it most.

On day four, Cards Against Humanity launched a campaign to “destroy homework.” According to CAH, homework stifles creativity and makes kids hate learning, and the best way to educate children is without homework. They partnered with Donors Choose and matched donations to help support teachers who are creating alternatives to homework, such as going on field trips and having kids read or play board games with their families.

Handwritten Cards from Students Sent to the Subscribers (Source: Cards Against Humanity)

On the fifth day, Cards Against Humanity funded one year of monthly public opinion polls in a project called The Pulse of the Nation, along with support from Survey Sampling International, a professional research firm. So far, they have collected opinions from around three thousand Americans, where they were asked the following questions.

  1. If you had to choose, would you rather be smart and sad, or dumb and happy?
  2. Is it likely or unlikely that robots will take your job within the next decade?
  3. Is it okay to pee in the shower?
  4. Do you approve of President Trump?
  5. Is a civil war in the next decade likely?
  6. Do you support white nationalism? What percentage of Republicans do you think support white nationalism? How many Democrats do you think would say most white people are racist?
  7. Who would you rather have as a president, Donald Trump or Darth Vader?
  8. Would you rather live in a more equal or unequal society?
  9. How much of the country’s wealth do you think is owned by the richest 1% of Americans?
  10. Is rap music?
  11. Are your farts more or less smelly than average? (Most respondents hung up or refused to answer this question.)

Cards Against Humanity analyzed the answers of these questions to search for statistically significant correlations. Across party lines, Democrats would prefer being smart and sad, think a civil war is likely, and prefer Darth Vader to Donald Trump, while Republicans believe the opposite. Nearly all of the respondents overestimated the percent of Republicans who support white nationalism and the percent of Democrats who think that most whites are racist. We do not live in as divisive a society as we believe.

Another issue most respondents agreed to is having a more equal society. However, Democrats were almost four times as likely to say that the government should redistribute wealth.

As Cards Against Humanity analyzes, this means that “Republicans want a more equal society, but only if it happens by magic.”

The tenth question, “Is rap music,” was actually one of the most complicated and revealing question out of all of them. “People who don’t think rap is music are more likely to be older, rural, uneducated, conservative, approve of Trump, oppose welfare, and think black people benefit from welfare more than white people.” There were other interesting results from the survey, but as more questions are added in the next twelve months, we will get to know more about how our nation’s people are alike and different.

On the final day, Cards Against Humanity decided to celebrate saving America by purchasing the naming rights to a minor league baseball stadium in Joliet, Illinois.

The Baseball Stadium (Source: Cards Against Humanity)

This is not the first time Cards Against Humanity has attempted amazing (and wacky) feats, for a card game company. On Black Friday 2016, it raised $100,000 to dig a “big, stupid hole” on some empty land, and dug for two days straight before filling it in. In 2015, they asked people to give them five dollars for nothing in return, and raised over $70,000. And, in 2014, the card game retracted all its products and sold $6 boxes of cow excrement on their website. 30,000 fans bought the box, only to find that it actually was just cow excrement. Whether through its profane game or cheeky initiatives to “save America,” Cards Against Humanity will keep delighting its supporters with its whimsicality and hilariousness.

 

Watch the official video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxMvzK2OQTw

 

Sources:

https://www.cardsagainsthumanitysavesamerica.com/

Day 1 – https://cardsagainsthumanitystopsthewall.com/

Day 2 – http://www.thegoodnewspodcast.fm/

Day 3 – https://cardsagainsthumanityredistributesyourwealth.com/

Day 4 – https://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/, https://www.donorschoose.org/cah-homework

Day 5 – https://thepulseofthenation.com/

Day 6 – http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/12/04/cards-against-humanity-raises-banner-at-route-66-stadium/ajrxgp1/

 

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