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Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy
Business Insider ^ | 4/16/2014 | Business Insider

Posted on 04/16/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT by Dallas59

The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

The report, "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens" (PDF), used extensive policy data collected between 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the U.S. political system.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: government; oligarchy
Oligarchy: Oligarchy (from Greek ὀλιγαρχία (oligarkhía); from ὀλίγος (olígos), meaning "few", and ἄρχω (arkho), meaning "to rule or to command") is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.

Throughout history, oligarchies have been tyrannical (relying on public obedience and/or oppression to exist) or relatively benign. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich, for which the exact term is plutocracy. However, oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group, and do not have to be connected by bloodlines as in a monarchy.

1 posted on 04/16/2014 12:04:10 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59

“Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy”

DUH....
And almost all of the support/own DEMOCRATS.


2 posted on 04/16/2014 12:05:13 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Dallas59

I’ve argued that we are a corporate oligarchy for years. Every politician is persuaded (controlled, paid off) by some corporate lobby or another.


3 posted on 04/16/2014 12:10:17 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: Dallas59

I won’t know what to think about this until Jeb Bush or Hillary Clinton tell me what to think.


4 posted on 04/16/2014 12:10:33 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Dallas59

Plutocratic Oligarchy run by Crony Capitalists like Soros, Gates and their ilk.


5 posted on 04/16/2014 12:12:20 PM PDT by ZULU (STOP JEB BUSH!!!! NO MORE BUSHES!! US OUT OF THE UN AND UN OUT OF US!!)
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To: Dallas59

Only academics are just now figuring that out.


6 posted on 04/16/2014 12:15:23 PM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: Dallas59
The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

Most of us could have saved them a ton of money and effort. We don't need a study to tell us this.

7 posted on 04/16/2014 12:16:42 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: SpinnerWebb
I’ve argued that we are a corporate left leaning special interest oligarchy for years. Every politician is persuaded (controlled, paid off) by some corporate left leaning special interest lobby or another.

I can agree with this with these changes.

8 posted on 04/16/2014 12:17:57 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Dallas59

Concentration of wealth and power exist in almost all societies.

We’re no different, but at least we had social mobility.

Remember, “Under capitalism, the rich become powerful.” That might seem like a bad thing, until you get the rest of the quote: “under communism, the powerful become rich.”


9 posted on 04/16/2014 12:19:28 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Ingtar

i would agree, except most big oil is more right-leaning. Deep pockets, those.

All in all, I believe that left-right issues are sidebars... magician sleight-of-hand to keep our attention away from the real issues.


10 posted on 04/16/2014 12:21:15 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: Dallas59

“As Plato had perceived in the Republic, Aristotle also saw that a prerequisite to the transition from an oligarchy to a popular constitution is the arming of the people, who would overpower the oligarch’s troops.

“Furthermore, tyranny derives from the oligarchy’s, “Mistrust of the people; hence they deprive them of arms, ill-treat the lower class, and keep them from residing in the capital.

“These are common to oligarchy and tyranny.”
War, taxation and public works keep the people poor and preoccupied, perpetuating the power of the tyrant.
“It is also in the interests of a tyrant to keep his subjects poor, so that they may not be able to afford the cost of protecting themselves by arms and be so occupied with their daily tasks that they have no time for rebellion.” “

“That Every Man Be Armed”
by Stephen P Halbrook.
Page 92

If we are an oligarchy, we will not be for much longer.
The Oligarchs forgot to disarm the populace first; cementing their downfall and ruin.


11 posted on 04/16/2014 12:23:36 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Uninstall Fascist Firefox. Get Pale Moon.)
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To: Dallas59

Crony capitalists to provide the money.
Entitlement army to provide the votes.

It’s a formula for Democrat success.


12 posted on 04/16/2014 12:24:55 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Dallas59
America has become a kakocracy, rule by the worst elements in society -- ignorant, arrogant, and lawless left wing elitists.
13 posted on 04/16/2014 12:27:35 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Dallas59

Yes and no. Yes for obvious reasons but it is not ‘just’ that. It is a very literal ‘idiocracy’ and one need only read the daily activities to see idiocy being the dominant method of governance. I wish that was a joke but it is not.


14 posted on 04/16/2014 12:28:36 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: SpinnerWebb
I’ve argued that we are a corporate oligarchy for years. Every politician is persuaded (controlled, paid off) by some corporate lobby or another.

I agree with you. The question, however, is who is at fault? Is it the evil corporations corrupting the politicians with their dirty money? Or, is it the government syndicate shaking down the corporations in a pay to play situation?

The reason to ask "who is at fault?" is because the belief of who is at fault drives the proposed solution. My concern is that when faced with the realization of a corporate oligarchy, most people tend to believe that it is the corporations that are to blame so what we need is a government that is bigger and more powerful than the corporations to reign them in. Personally, I believe it is the government that is to blame. The prime example was the anti-trust shakedown of Microsoft back in the day when they weren't playing along with the campaign donations and lobbying game.

Big government, big business and big labor are all in bed with each other. However, only one of them can "legally" deprive you of life, liberty and property. Diminish the power of government and corporations and labor have to compete in the marketplace against their competitors rather than curry favor with the powers that be to take down rivals. Unfortunately, the result of this article about the oligarchy will be a push for more government which will only exacerbate the problem.

15 posted on 04/16/2014 12:34:29 PM PDT by Armando Guerra
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To: tcrlaf

It’s not just Deocrats. The Pubbies are equally complicit. Rush’s “ruling class” commentary from a few years ago was spot on.


16 posted on 04/16/2014 12:35:55 PM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: SpinnerWebb
All in all, I believe that left-right issues are sidebars... magician sleight-of-hand to keep our attention away from the real issues.

 

17 posted on 04/16/2014 12:39:17 PM PDT by zeugma (Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened - Dr. Seuss (I'll see you again someday Hope))
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To: Armando Guerra

you, sir, GET it.


18 posted on 04/16/2014 12:40:14 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: Dallas59

Ochlocracy — rule of the mob.


19 posted on 04/16/2014 12:51:56 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Dallas59
...used extensive policy data collected between 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the U.S. political system.

That would be Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
20 posted on 04/16/2014 1:06:09 PM PDT by caligatrux
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To: Dallas59

The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, by Emmanuel Goldstein


21 posted on 04/16/2014 1:07:39 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Dallas59
The power that our politicians have make them worthy of purchase by corporation, unions and other special interests.

Eliminate the complex tax code, and our politicians become far far less powerful and less worth buying.

The problem is not that the corporations buy influence, it's that the government sells it.

22 posted on 04/16/2014 1:14:58 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: caligatrux
That would be Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

That's a Presidentially myopic perspective. The Executive has great influence, but does not write laws.

The Legislative branch does, and congressmen are much cheaper to buy than Presidents.

23 posted on 04/16/2014 1:17:20 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Armando Guerra

Exactly. Well put.


24 posted on 04/16/2014 1:18:56 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead
That's a Presidentially myopic perspective. The Executive has great influence, but does not write laws.

The Legislative branch does, and congressmen are much cheaper to buy than Presidents.


Excellent point, I agree. I was just trying to put the time frame of the study in perspective. And, as we all know, this will be used not to point out the corruption of the current regime, but to smear Reagan and blame Bush.
25 posted on 04/16/2014 1:23:46 PM PDT by caligatrux
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To: caligatrux

You’re right. Like the homeless, these studies dry up and disappear during Democratic Administrations.


26 posted on 04/16/2014 1:28:17 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Dallas59

“But the law is made…by one class of men. Law cannot exist without the sanction and the support of a preponderant force, it must finally place this force in the hands of those who legislate. This inevitable phenomenon…explains the almost universal perversion of law. Instead of being a check upon injustice, it becomes its most invincible instrument.”

Frederic Bastiat, 1850


27 posted on 04/16/2014 1:48:08 PM PDT by Dexter Morgan (Everyone hides who they are.)
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To: Armando Guerra

I’ve assumed for years that none of us have any idea who pulls the strings of the shadow government that is currently ruling over us.


28 posted on 04/16/2014 1:53:14 PM PDT by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: Armando Guerra
It's funny how there is always more money raised and spent in the race for County Commissioner than the race for Dog Catcher.

The more power the law gives to an office, the more people will try to have influence over the individual who holds the office.

It is human nature. The founders of the Republic were students of human nature and wrote the Constitution to protect against it.

It worked for a while.

29 posted on 04/16/2014 2:02:43 PM PDT by nitzy
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To: Dallas59

Elites pointing out the country is run by elites. Interesting.


30 posted on 04/16/2014 3:41:53 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Dallas59
The U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded.

This is not "new" news. Michael Savage has been telling his talk radio audience that the US is an Oligarchy for years.

To me the interests of the vast majority of the people of this country have been suffering since Reagan left office, IMO.

31 posted on 04/16/2014 3:52:54 PM PDT by olezip (Time obliterates the fictions of opinion and confirms the decisions of nature. ~ Cicero)
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