It’s Official: America is an Oligarchy and NOT a Democracy or a Republic

Scientific Study Shows that the U.S. Is an Oligarchy

We noted last year:

American democracy – once a glorious thing – has devolved into an oligarchy, according to two leading IMF officials, the former Vice President of the Dallas Federal Reserve,  the head of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Moody’s chief economist and many others.

But don’t take their word for it …

A new quantitative study by Princeton’s Martin Gilens and Northwestern’s Benjamin Page finds that America is not a democracy … but is an oligarchy.

Here’s a quick visual overview from the study:

In other words, when the fatcats want something, it will probably happen.  But when the little guys want something … not so much.

Highlights from the study:

A great deal of empirical research speaks to the policy influence of one or another set of actors, but until recently it has not been possible to test these contrasting theoretical predictions against each other within a single statistical model. This paper reports on an effort to do so, using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.


Economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.


Very few studies have offered quantitative evidence concerning the impact of interest groups based on a number of different public policies.


Prior to the availability of the data set that we analyze here, no one we are aware of has succeeded at assessing interest group influence over a comprehensive set of issues, while taking into account the impact of either the public at large or economic elites – let alone analyzing all three types of potential influences simultaneously.


The chief predictions of pure theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy can be decisively rejected. Not only do ordinary citizens not have uniquely substantial power over policy decisions; they have little or no independent influence on policy at all.

By contrast, economic elites are estimated to have a quite substantial, highly significant, independent impact on policy.


These results suggest that reality is best captured by mixed theories in which both individual economic elites and organized interest groups (including corporations, largely owned and controlled by wealthy elites) play a substantial part in affecting public policy, but the general public has little or no independent influence.


When a majority – even a very large majority – of the public favors change, it is not likely to get what it wants.  In our 1,779 policy cases, narrow pro-change majorities of the public got the policy changes they wanted only about 30% of the time. More strikingly, even overwhelmingly large pro-change majorities, with 80% of the public favoring a policy change, got that change only about 43% of the time.


Our findings probably understate the political influence of elites.


What do our findings say about democracy in America? They certainly constitute troubling news for advocates of “populistic” democracy, who want governments to respond primarily or exclusively to the policy preferences of their citizens. In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.


If policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

No wonder the chairman of the Department of Economics at George Mason University said that politicians are not prostitutes, they are pimpspimping out their services to the highest bidder.

The Supreme Court is not much better: their allowance of unlimited campaign spending allows the oligarchs to purchase politicians more directly than ever.

Moreover, there are two systems of justice in Americaone for the big banks and other fatcats, and one for everyone else.

And not only do we not have democracy, but we also no longer have a free market economy.  Instead, we have fascism, communist style socialism, kleptocracybanana republic style corruption, or – yes – “oligarchy“.


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  • jadan

    It’s helpful to keep in mind that the US began as an oligarchy. Voting was limited by the states to propertied persons, generally. There was no universal suffrage for all citizens. The wealthiest men in America, the founders, were huge land owners. They designed a system to enshrine their own eminence as persons of virtue, property, and influence. The Roberts Court is ruling in the direction of raising the dead spectres of the original oligarchy and disenfranchising all modern non-propertied persons. We don’t want this mob voting, now do we? That was not the intention of the Founders!

    • Richard Nixon

      “They designed a system to enshrine their own eminence as persons of virtue, property, and influence.” – Umm, no. That was not their goal. Their goal was to gain independence from Britain to halt parliament’s interference in colonist affairs. Yes, it hurt their businesses and this was a reason for revolution. But they weren’t the richest at all. “George Washington…was no more than a wealthy squire in British terms.” – Kevin Phillips. “In terms of lifestyle, assets, and disposable income – the Founders were upper-middle class at best” & “They might have owned a lot of land – but that was about it, and land didn’t have that much value back then.”

      More quotes debunking your claims:

      “Historian Forrest McDonald did an exhaustive analysis of each state that ratified the Constitution – and looked at the make-up of the delegates and what they did for a living.

      As McDonald found in, for example, Delaware: 77% of the delegates were farmers. And we’re not talking rich farmers.

      In fact – 2/3s of those farmers had meager incomes between 75 cents and 5 dollars a week.

      Only 23% of the delegates were professionals – people like lawyers, doctors, and judges.

      Not one delegate was a banker – not one was a manufacturer – not one was a rich merchant…not one.

      The same was true in New Jersey – where 64% of the delegates were farmers.

      The point is – the people who hammered out, and then ratified the Constitution weren’t thinking about money.

      In fact – they had such a strong feeling of history and destiny that it at times overwhelmed them.

      Their writings show that they truly believed they were doing sacred work – something greater than themselves, greater than their personal interests, and even greater than the interests of their wealthy constituents back at home.” & “And it’s why James Madison didn’t publish his own notes of who said what at the constitutional convention until 1840, just after the last of the other participants died.

      Simply put – the wealthier men among the delegates were betraying the interests of their own economic class – and they didn’t want others in their class to know about it.

      They were voting for democracy instead of oligarchy.”

      So do not put out myths about the founding fathers that are simply not true.

      • jadan

        Nice to see you coming back as a ghost, Mr. Nixon.

        America was born a republic, not a democracy. The framers limited the franchise. The iconic Washington loathed democracy and aided by his faithful treasury secretary, Hamilton, the new government laid the foundation for what we see today: the domination of the masses by an elite minority. Hamilton was an avowed monarchist prior to the constitutional convention, but he put a lid on it when the democratic fires being lighted by Jefferson threatened to burn his house down. Hamilton’s house, by the way, was located on Wall Street. Hamilton immediately rewarded his friends, like the richest man in America, banker and speculator, the rotund Robert Morris, by guaranteeing payment of war bonds to speculators.

        The makers of the Constitution were deeply concerned about money, but they did not think too deeply about it. They allowed Hamilton to entangle the new republic with the financial powers of the mother country and Europe. He created the perpetual national debt by funding the government through borrowing from the elite financial powers of the day. No one betrayed the interests of his class. Again, the franchise did not extend to those who had no property. “Betrayal” of one’s class would entail giving the franchise to those who were not in it. Jefferson, as the most prominent voice of democracy, wanted to give everyone 50 acres of land so that all could vote! He did not consider this a betrayal of his class, but a fulfillment of his democratic aspirations. The Constitution and the original franchise speaks for itself. The framers were idealists, but not altruists. They were looking out for number 1.

        The Constitution was amended from the beginning because it did not entirely suit the aspirations of the people. It created an elite and the non-elect and insulated the power of government from the influence of the multitude. The universal franchise took many generations to develop. But from the start, the money power was kept in private hands. America breeds oligarchs like a dog breeds fleas. The world we see now is a direct result of this Constitution and the framers who conceived it.

  • Absolutely, when we allow a private entity, the federal reserve to print currency in the name of our country we are not a free nation and it has been this way since 1913. I think that fact is very commonly known these days. Further, the continued printing and purchasing of the federal reserve in bonds, etc is painting a colorful picture on a economy that is completely broken. If it wasn’t broken they wouldn’t be buying bonds, a real person or entity would be.

  • justmike65

    We never were a democracy, morons. The title is a false choice. We are a Constitutional Republic: it’s official.

    • Furor Teutonicus

      There was democracy at one point. Otherwise how did the First Congress get their seats in Congress? Did they just walk in and say “I’m a Congressman now!” No. Someone elected them. Election implies at least some “democracy”.

      • Furor Teutonicus

        I just want to clarify that I am against “mass democracy”. Limited, “Athenian” or “Roman” style democracy I am OK with.

        • DefconIII

          What you are referring to (“Roman”) is a REPUBLIC! “Athenian” was a pure Democracy. oh… by the way, that is what “justmike65” is referring to as well, see if you recognize this… “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and
          to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one Nation, under God, indivisible, with
          liberty and justice for all. The word Democracy (serfdom) does not ever appear in the U. S. Constitution, it is an elitist myth, similar to post Reconstruction Liberty.

          • Furor Teutonicus

            What the hell are you talking about? Athenian democracy was not a pure democracy. It was limited in scope and participation. You had to be Greek, a male, a freeman, and a land-owner.

            And as for the Roman Republic, Plebeian assemblies were elected by Roman citizens, as were Tribunes.

            Anyway, how did the First Congress get their seats? Did they just walk in and declare themselves Representatives?

          • justmike65

            The people elected representatives to the house to vote for their interests; the state legislatures appointed senators. That is how they got there- they were elected to vote for us. In a democracy, we would vote on it all and we would suffer from the ‘tyranny of the majority’. Democracy is 2 wolves and a sheep deciding what is for dinner. A constitutional republic is based on laws. Repeal the 17th amendment and we will return towards a republic.

          • Furor Teutonicus

            Of course it was ‘pure democracy’ that saved Switzerland from mass immigration by third world hordes.

          • Randy

            We know titles are important. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is both democratic and a republic.

    • Dj

      No, we are NOT a republic, we are an OLIGARCHY!

      • Richard Nixon

        Funny, the source this person cites – the Princeton and Northwestern economists – does not call the US an oligarchy. Yes, it is a Republic. Members of congress are directly elected, as well. The head of state is elected through the electoral college – representatives – and thus is reminiscent of a representative democracy.

        There are other sources you go google that offer indices. There is the Democracy Index, Freedom in the World from Freedom House, Freedom of the Press from Freedom House, and the Index of Economic Freedom.

        Yep, repeat.

  • Arnold Lockshin

    You mean the ultra-rich run things in America? You mean they own both political parties?

    You mean they have a secret political police to spy, attack honest opponents and disrupt meaningful opposition? You mean they own a bought-and-paid-for corrupt mass media to do their bidding? You mean working and most retired people – especially the oppressed national minorities – are suffering terribly?

    Gee whiz! You must be talking about the United States of America!

    Arnold Lockshin, political exile forced out of the US by the US secret political police.

    • Randy

      how were you forced out of the US..?

      • Arnold Lockshin

        We wrote a book about our experiences: “Silent Terror – One family’s history of political persecution in the US,” but the book has effectively been banned in the US. I’ve been unable to download it from the internet, although some on-line book dealers claim to have a copy or two (at a whopping price).

        The Russian translation “Безмолвный террор” apparently can be downloaded from the internet.

        If you google my name, who will see a raft of articles dating to 1986 about our forced exile. However, as is typical with the US mass media, the articles are wildly distorted, even slanderous, and occlude the real story. Sketchy material is available on Wikipedia (with my last name misspelled as “Lokshin”).

        As the persecution of Edward Snowlden demonstrates, genuine exposure of the US secret political police is a virtual no-no. That explains why our book has been bottled up. I therefore have no real opportunity to counteract the “official” version of what happened to the Lockshins or -more importantly – to expose important aspects of the real operations of the US secret political police.

        • Randy

          The Pirate Bay. Upload a torrent to that and give me the link. As long as you have a computer connected to a network, or others do, and the magnet link is on the pirate bay, there is nothing anyone can do to get it off the internet.

          • Arnold Lockshin

            “Silent Terror” is not listed on The Pirate Bay.

          • Randy

            Do you have a PDF copy? Then just create a torrent. It is very easy. I can even do it for you if I can get a copy. I assume you have a copy of your own book, right?

          • Arnold Lockshin

            I am not skilled on the internet, and I so not know what a “PDF copy” is.
            Of course, I have a printed copy of the book, but so what?

          • David Brown

            Please re-type the book and provide links so people can read for free.

          • Arnold Lockshin

            Thanks for your comment.

            I am mulling over re-typing at least part of the book in order to make it more widely available than it is now (Some on-ling book dealers in the US claim to have copies for sale, but their price is very high.)

            “Silent Terror” is not particularly long. But re-typing would mean a lot of work. And I can’t be sure what the results would be. There is also the question of the phonographs, which I do not know how to reproduce.

            I believe “Silent Terror” retains considerable importance in disclosing important operations of the US secret political police, the methodology of psychological warfare and terror and the role of the mass media.

          • Arnold Lockshin

            I am not skilled on the internet, and I do not know what a “PDF copy” is.
            Of course, I have a printed copy of the book, but so what?

          • Randy

            Do you have an electronic copy? a PDF is like a word document that can not really be edited.

          • Arnold Lockshin

            I do not have an electronic copy. And do not know how to concoct one.

            “Silent Terror” was published in 1988, and his been effectively dormant all these years.

            The book, in my opinion, is still highly relevant. Not so much about one family, but about important and closely guarded operations of the US secret political police. And about the subservience of the mass media to these secret police.

            If there were a simple way to obtain an electronic copy, I would consider doing it. Although it might then still be x-ed out by those whose methodology the book would disclose.


          • Randy

            You can type it up and upload the pdf. Its not hard.

            I am curious what your view is simply because you seem to have a pro-Putin position… Do you really think the Russian government is much better than the US government?

          • Arnold Lockshin

            I’ll have to give a lot of thought to whether I really want to type up an entire book (although “Silent Terror” is of modest length).

            Even then, I confess to not knowing how to create a pdf out of my labors.

            And what would happen even if the electronic version were on the internet? Outside of my occasional blogs and commentaries, relatively few people would learn about its existence.. And what about photographs?

            The US government is the leading force for reaction, war and subversion in the world. It’s crimes are enormous and keep reeling in. I support the Russian government when it opposes terrorist aggression – as in Syria or violent regime change – as in Ukraine.

            My opposition to US government policies do not reflect on the American people, who, after all, are human beings like the rest of us.

          • Dave

            “Outside of my occasional blogs and commentaries, relatively few people would learn about its existence..”

            Not true. The value would be immense.

            There are currently 1 million Americans on the terrorist watch-list (i.e. falsely labeled as terrorists in order to be politically persecuted). The War on Terror is spinning out of control and innocent Americans are suffering because of political viewpoints.

            Many good websites are popping up to explain this. For example:

          • Arnold Lockshin

            I’m very interested in getting whatever help possible to make “Silent Terror” available to internet users.

          • Randy

            You can type the book up and insert photos and export it as a PDF or “Print to PDF” it is very easy.

            How will people find it? Who will read it? Likely, not many people will, unless you can share it directly.

            The US does a lot of bad stuff, but you can’t ignore what the Russian government does. You can’t believe the Russian propaganda either, including about the Ukrainian crisis. Both governments violate human rights. Neither have democracy.

          • Arnold Lockshin

            I’m considering typing up at least individual chapters of “Silent Terror.”

            Part of the problem is that I do not have the skills – nor the equipment, apparently – to do what else is required to make the book more-or-less widely available.

            I suppose I can read up about it, but “PDF” is a mystery to me.

          • Randy

            A PDF is a universal file format for documents. The text can not be edited. Usually online manuals are PDF documents. If you type up your book on Microsoft Word, Google Docs (free), Pages (free), OpenOffice (free), or any of the other free programs, you can easily export it as a PDF.

          • Arnold Lockshin

            Thanks for the info.

            An effort is being made (not by me) to put “Silent Terror” online. Let’s see how it goes.

          • Richard Nixon

            The US is ranked better than Poland on the Economist’s “Democracy Index”. It is ranked as a full democracy. In representative democracy, you vote for your leader and representatives represent that vote. The US does that. It’s called the electoral college. And the members of congress, in both houses, are all DIRECTLY elected. So yes, it fits the definition of a democracy. Just look up “Freedom House” or “Democracy Index”. You’ll get plenty of hits.

          • Paul Parker

            IF serious about getting your story known it would be available online.

            Being online is now the greatest threat to tyranny 🙂

            So IMHO you NOT serious about getting your story out to be known, this more a self-publicity post.

            IF serious to have your story known – assuming (with some difficulty) you find it so difficult to type, then many (see other offers this page) who may assist you to scan copy your book into PDF and other versions, or convert it to a text file for easier posting.

            Or is book kept secret so goverment will not re-read it ?

            Propoganda is propoganda.

          • Arnold Lockshin

            Formally speaking, “Silent Terror” is not banned, and a few on-line book claim to have copies to sell – at an elevated price.

            In reality, however, the book is not available for the vast majority of people.The Russian translation “Безмолвный террор” apparently can be down-loaded, but the English original is unavailable on the internet.

            This compares to the widespread slander against me that was disseminated by the US (and to some extent, the other western) mass media. I have never had an effective means of refuting these lies and distortions.

            “Or is book kept secret so goverment will not re-read it ?”

            The US secret political police undoubtedly have as many copies as they need. Rather their aim is to keep important information about their vicious activities out of the reach of the vast majority of people.

            The personal aspects of “Silent Terror” are far less important than the info contained within about the real activities of the US secret political police, their methodology of psychological warfare and terror and the role of the mass media.

          • Paul Parker
          • Kapricorn4

            If you are so minded, you could go to your local FedEx office and have them scan a copy of each page of your book onto a thumb drive, aka USB flash drive. You could then download the files from there onto your personal computer by inserting the drive into one of the slots of your PC. If you want to share them with other people, you can attach them to an eMail.

            I hope this is helpful to you.

          • Kapricorn4

            pdf = portable document file.

    • a nurse

      I’m aware of several people who would very much like to read your book. I saw a copy on Amazon the other day, but it was prohibitively expensive at almost $90. It’s been sold and now I wish I’d just purchased it, despite its high price. If you have more than one copy, I’d be happy to work with you. I’d be willing to scan it, page by page, and put it online or I would type it for you. I’d also be willing to buy a copy directly from you, if that would be possible.

      • Arnold Lockshin

        Thanks for your interest and offer.

        Recently, one person said that he was purchasing “Silent Terror” and would make it available on line. Unfortunately, I don’t have those skills of equipment; otherwise I would have done it myself.

        If that offer doesn’t work out, I would be happy to consider yours. I do have extra copies of the book, but before I would send it out, I would need some indication that you in fact would do what you propose. (I don’t charge for the book; on the contrary, it would cost me something to send it to you.)

        If you send me your e-mail address, I will keep you informed on how things are going.
        My e-mail:

    • Tatiana Covington

      They do run things? I’m shocked, shocked!

    • Richard Nixon

      “You mean they have a secret political police to spy, attack honest opponents and disrupt meaningful opposition? You mean they own a bought-and-paid-for corrupt mass media to do their bidding? You mean working and most retired people – especially the oppressed national minorities – are suffering terribly?” – Umm, no. There is no “secret political police” that attack ‘honest’ opponents. Retired people are suffering? Umm, no. They have free health care – medicare – and get funding from the government. They make up a big chunk of the social security budget. “especially the oppressed national minorities ” What oppressed national minorities? You’re being a fool, you know nothing about oppression if you think people are oppressed in the United States. If you want to see oppression head to Saudi Arabia, Iran, or China. The US has over 49 million foreign-born people. Over 10% of the US population is foreign. The US foreign-born population constitutes 20% of the total foreign-born world population. Yes, these are facts, something you evidently lack. And according to the ”
      Democracy Index 2013″ the US is a full democracy. Yes, more facts. Do a bit of research.

      • Gary Youree

        Two years old. I know I am talking to thin air but our liberties and protections from the government have been limited by all three branches of government. Openly on the right and on the left as a back up … as in the bail out of the banks.
        As far as other governments, to learn the truth, you must avoid for profit media. We are used up and are now mainly a consumer society with a nearly mature economy. We will never get the health care and other benefits other countries do. There is nothing left of us but the accumulated wealth to be taken through wasteful purchase, market crashes, etc, where the oligarchies make money on each end like they do in wars until we are third world and discarded. Until this oligarchy disrupted the middle east with the new form of empire building after 911 in the middle east the islamic banking system did and still does not charge interest on loans. The oil sales are there main resource and it is shared among the people. People are given housing and are paid, in the more stable countries, the equivalent of 50k a year – even if they are not working. They hate our government but not our people. They understand, like we think we understand north korea, that we are held hostage to our possessions, or still angry of the memory of those possessions. We are all oppressed by oligarchies of the world who compete among us. Do some searches on which government has killed the most innocent civilians and do sociopaths rule the world. Lots of infor there making no profits.

  • drewknows911insidejob

    Thx. Oligarchs wouldn’t be a big deal if they acted humanely and followed people like Christ instead of Lucifer..

    • That’s a great point. Why can’t they be humane? They aren’t. Logically, if we are an oligarchy and it’s this bad…THEREFORE, oligarchs aren’t humane, they’re satanic.

      • Randy

        No they are not satanic. Thats a silly thing to say.

    • Randy

      If you want a theocracy, please look at Iran first.

    • Randy

      It isn’t “either Christ or Lucifer.” People believe in many, many different faiths, and some believe in none at all. And Christians can be bad people too, Hitler was a Christian and had “God” put on Nazi belts. Religion does not make someone good or bad.

  • Dj

    Everyone on here keeps saying that we ARE a republic… Didn’t you
    read the headline? Quit saying “ARE”. We are NO LONGER a REPUBLIC, we
    ARE an oligarchy.
    This must be the tipping point if we are EVER to become a republic
    again. We have LOST that title. The sooner everyone wakes up and
    this, the sooner we can take back OUR country. EVERYONE needs to make
    this story go viral, and wake people up to what that means… THIS
    should be front page news…

    NO LONGER bound by YOUR laws. The United States Government is in BREACH
    OF CONTRACT; Therefor, can NO LONGER enforce its contract against us. I
    hereby declare, on behalf of we the people, that your laws are null and
    void. We can NO LONGER recognize the US government as a legitimate
    government, but we must recognize such as an OCCUPYING FORCE, to be
    irradicated by whatever means necessary.

    “When in the Course of
    human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the
    political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume
    among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which
    the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect
    to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes
    which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be
    self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by
    their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are
    Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.— That to secure these
    rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers
    from the consent of the governed,— That whenever any Form of
    Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the
    People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
    laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in
    such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and
    Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long
    established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and
    accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to
    suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by
    abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train
    of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces
    a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism , it is their
    right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide
    new Guards for their future security
    .— Such has been the patient
    sufferance of these Ameicans; and such is now the necessity which
    constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

    • Dj

      RePost EVERYWHERE!

      • Richard Nixon

        Funny, the source this person cites – the Princeton and Northwestern economists – does not call the US an oligarchy. Yes, it is a Republic. Members of congress are directly elected, as well. The head of state is elected through the electoral college – representatives – and thus is reminiscent of a representative democracy.

        There are other sources you go google that offer indices. There is the Democracy Index, Freedom in the World from Freedom House, Freedom of the Press from Freedom House, and the Index of Economic Freedom.

        • Calling the result anything is editorializing, however isn’t it interesting incredible neutrality is employed when the result clearly damages economic interests.

          Those sources you’ve listed don’t actually measure the type of data we actually care about, which is the question this study is asking. Does our touted
          “democracy” have any real meaning, or is it merely a checklist of minimum standards, like a loosely enforced banking regulation?

          The answer is clear, and according to the influence of the greater public, America clearly is not representative. We are a republic, sure. … but so were most empires, Democracy isn’t the form, it’s the substance, it’s an ideal. The reason a representative republic is still considered legitimate is because it’s supposedly “representative” of the public will.

          This representation is what the framers rested their own legitimacy on, now you can compare the US to other countries…. but it is not on their public the US remains legitimate. IN other words, Who says its worthy of the word? The public does, and justly, I revoke my consent.

    • Gary Youree

      In the short term if there is hope for our country to become an educated democracy we need to think as one and realize the wedge issues for what they are – purposeful constraints to our unification for change.
      Hope may lie in the military from the bottom up. These men and women must have gleaned a truth of the reality that profits are being created from all ends by the oligarchies. These sociopaths actually deal in death and misery. It is clear that hillary was their choice from the beginning with the elite owned media pushing Trump who by election time will have the press turn on him insuring victory for the oligarchy with the most power and the biggest military.
      How high up the ranks does the military internalize its anger at being used to kill civilians for profit. Most are not devoid of empathy as we can see even in the drone pilots.
      They all know they once existed to protect this nation against all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC.
      The pot of our collective consciousness is constantly being stirred. How ironic that the only action presented by the electorate fell right into the controllers hands and was made up of the most ignorant of us. Also the more empathic of us and educated in what destructive course we are on seem to have lost hope. Capitalism corrupts democracy as it purchases ignorance. Are the instilled fears of a new world order and the book of revelations true fears or controls to keep war ongoing for profit and deny world peace? Is there even an agenda? is it a battle of the oligarchies just exercising capitalist battles between themselves for sport while the vast majority fight for a common connection based in empathy and truth … while the only weakness we can see short term in the controllers is their increasing attempt to keep us divided. The technology used is keeping us in imbalance. Slaves in unison is dangerous to the elite but slaves without hope are worthless. i hate to be so pessimistic but we fight a battle within their rules while a gun is always held to our head – meaning we are only of worth when we fight.

  • Fleendar the magnificent

    It makes perfect sense concerning the illegal aliens. The oligarchy, the economic elites WANT them here and no matter what WE the People say, they are going to keep bringing them here to replace American citizens IF we let them. This is where it HAS to END. If we are to ever restore America back to her former glory, then this oligarchy HAS to be removed.

  • Alex

    Uh, republic and oligarchy are frequently synonymous, more accurately they are opposite sides of the same coin. A Republic devolves into an Oligarchy over time. Look at Rome, Venice, Genoa, etc… In any case it will change. Those who deny this fact have never heard of the 1933 election. Generally speaking stuff only happens in this country if the vast majority of the public want it.

  • Alex

    Granted if you’re a communist you don’t consider the 1933 election to be a major break since it wasn’t a global revolution of the proletariat which overthrew capitalism. But to someone who simply believes in saving capitalism from itself it is a major event. And please keep in mind, once changes are put in place in this country they are very hard to reverse, just ask the Republicans, they have been trying for eighty years to reverse the New Deal and though they have inched forward they have yet to succeed.

  • Leland Mellott

    In the Cycle Of Humanity we are now in, last will be made first, highest will be made lowest; e.g., when a large portion of this world’s population has agreed that money is being “earned” in time instead of by labor, a planetary power shift will have taken place.

  • James Freeman

    The founders of the United States Constitution gave ‘We the People’ a Republic, not a Democracy.
    By giving the US government the leeway to change the parameters to our Constitution, ‘We the People’ of the United States of America, now have a government that no longer represents the people, but rather, an Oligarchy, that represents corporations.
    Read our ‘Declaration of Independence’, from England, to realize that when our government no longer represents the people, we no longer have a government of OUR Country!

  • Gary Warburton

    Media are owned by corporations. These corporations who the study of the science of advertisement and how to influence people with unlimited capital decide who shall be in power.. Most people know this and don`t bother to vote anymore. Those who do often quote the advertisements of their corporate masters like obedient lap dogs. If there was more than two parties and corporate and business ad money was not allowed and politicians were not allowed more than limited amounts from each individual you might have a real democracy. Otherwise it is shame, a corporate oligarchy, not a democracy

    • Libertybellle

      LOL !
      Very funny stuff.
      Ahem: the media is owned by the CIA.

  • Gary Youree

    Democracy seems to be corrupted by capitalism. Capitalism is a growing maturing reality that by its nature will leave one man – or extinction. Capitalism, now coupled with technology, cannot even balance into a new synthesis as Karl Marx wrote. Even the natural rebellion and resulting synthesis does not progress since it carries the virus of corruption through money and ego. The question yet answered is if the sociopathic mutations, adapting and taking control through “weakness” of empathy in a cold profit only motivated economy, have an agenda beyond their own selfish lives. Their drawing of sycophants to help their cause makes me sense their is technology beyond the masses that insures the elite more than just the power garnered during a lifetime. Sociopaths are a dead end branch of humanity that does not follow earlier darwinism. Communism was, within itself without outside conflict..was/is the most humanitarian economic policy while democracy is with government if people are all given the same truths that are know and equal opportunities to education.Democracy will always be corrupted by capitalism with capitalism being more adaptable by its lack of empathy. It is so unfortunate that we have the tools to develope a great diverse species but our economic system has hijacked our humanity.