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Oligarchy, Not Democracy
Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'We Must End Global Oligarchy'
In a debate sponsored by CNN between Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sanders had a lot to say about oligarchy in the U.S. and around the world. Sanders explained that today there is "rapid movement toward global oligarchy, in which just a handful of billionaires now own and control a significant part of the world economy." | Posted Nov. 17, 2017, on CNN.com | More>
Dictionary.com defines oligarchies as a form of government in which all power is vest in a few persons or a dominant class or clique. In other words, it is government by the few, the exact opposite of democracy which is government by the many. | More>
'The Transformation of American Democracy to Oligarchy'
HuffingtonPost.com reporter Akbar Ganji writes: "The United States has the world’s largest economy, is the most important contributor to scientific advancements, has the most powerful military and some of the best universities in the world, is a democratic state, and accepts more immigrants than any other nation. But, over time the democratic foundations of the United States, equality of the citizens and their human rights, have been eroding." | Posted as a blog Aug. 6, 2015, on Huffpost.com: More>
'Is America an Oligarchy?'
Staff writer John Cassidy of The New Yorker examines a study conducted by two political scientists who did a study that reveals that rich people, at least the top 20%, get their way in government policy battles even when the majority of Americans think a policy is wrong. Writes Cassidy: "(T)he political scientists Martin Gilens, of Princeton, and Benjamin Page, of Northwestern, found that the preferences of rich people had a much bigger impact on subsequent (governmental) policy decisions than the views of middle-income and poor Americans. The study suggests that, on many issues, the rich exercise an effective veto. If they are against something, it is unlikely to happen." The cynical interpretation of the meaning of the Golden Rule appears to apply in this situation; i.e., "He who has the gold, rules." Sadly, the newly passed Republican tax bill signed into law by Trump just before Christmas, 2017, makes this 2014 study more timely than. | Posted April 18, 2014, at Newyorker.com: More>