April 27, 2023

American Oligarchy

Timothy Birdnow

Yes, the U.S. is now an oligarchy.

The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.

"A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time," they write, "while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time."

On the other hand:

When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.

They conclude:

Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

America was founded on a two-tiered system and it was actually a good thing. The Founding Fathers weren't poor men; on the contrary they were the wealthy and educated class. BUT they had diverse interests and were essentially at odds and so when they created their system they put checks and balances in place, and gave the People a say in matters.

What we created was a system that worked smoothly. The wealthy were by far the smallest group in the country, and they had to have the support of a lot of others to implement any policies they wanted. Also, newspapers were local and had a local flavor and reasoned like their neighbors, so there was no monolithic propaganda machine manipulating the public as now.

This made the wealthy class uniquely suited to being in charge. Any other class would have been oppressive.

But even then there were problems. The Bank of the United States, for instance, was universally hated by Americans but the very wealthy made out well through it.

And that income gap has widened. In 1774, the top 1 percent of households got 9.3 percent of income. Compare that to America today, when the top 1 percent is bringing in about 20 percent. And corporations have made it possible for a few key individuals to control vastly more sums of money.

So the power of the wealthy class has grown all out of proportion. And so has the lower class, which, due to their wealthy benefactors who are utilizing a divide and conquer strategy now hold disproportionate influence in America.

The middle class, once America's backbone, is being squeezed to death. And that suits the Ruling Class just fine; their main competitor is the middle class. They know that they can lose to some upstarts who can't be bought. Now they co-opt many newly rich middle classers, but that doesn't always work. Trump is an example.

And these people all atttend the same schools, vacation in the same resorts, enjoy the same sports, and live in the same places. They isolate themselves from middle America.

So what had once been a benevolent governance is now a tyranny. And it gets worse all the time as they assert themselves, their power, and their depraved minds on the rest of us.

In many ways America always was an Oligarchy. The idea of The People being sovereign was a fiction; the oligarchs ruled by persuasion and a bit of guile in the past. Now they rule by manipulating everything the public sees and hears and is allowed to say. What was once gentle persuasion is increasingly the iron boot in the face. They have turned our national security apparatus into a giant psy-op machine. We created the most powerful such weapon in human history, with groups like the CIA, NSA, FBI, etc. to resist the Communists, then to fight drugs, then terrorism. Now these groups have a new mission; to fight America and compel it to obey the Ruling Class.

In short, the aristocracy has broken the covenant. When they were content to take their share and share power we were content to let them make their profits and play with government. Now they are abusing their privilege. They became very greedy. And many of us are pushing back. They don't like that and are unleashing the might and power of the almighty State against us. They are absolutely convicned they are the best and brightest and know bettter than do we.

But they don't know America at all. Most have never even been to Nebraska or Iowa or anywhere in the heartland.

This disconnect has made them arrogant and abusive. And it will only get worse as they get their hackles up at the people of this country for not recognizing their superiority.

The oligarchy will indeed be replaced at some point by a pure democracy. We see the movement in place now. And that will wreck everything. It always does.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 10:09 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1  The founding fathers worked side by side with the common folk getting their hands just as dirty as the people who worked for them. The struggle to survive was shared. The ruling class today is so out of touch with the common person they may just as well live on another planet.

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3 Absolutely right Mike. If you have ever seen an antebellum plantation it is not the giant manor house and shabby slaves quarters; the "manor house" is usually a rude affair, basically a cabin itself in many cases. Not a whole lot better than the slave quarters. The plantation owners did not sit about sipping mint julips - that was a fiction. They worked along side their servants and slaves.

As you say, they got their hands dirty. And that was equally true in the North where the trader or dry goods guy or whatnot did the physical labor as the rest.

Now they sit in boardrooms or hang out in offices isolated from the people actually doing the work.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at April 29, 2023 07:17 AM (+AVfR)

4 fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.

Posted by: Audemars Piguet Replica at May 08, 2023 08:31 PM (MjvTm)

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