Politics

New Princeton Study Says U.S. is Not a Democracy, But an Oligarchy

The United Corporate States of America (Courtesy of veteranstoday.com)
The United Corporate States of America (Courtesy of veteranstoday.com)

Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless?

These questions were posed by researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, who argue in their new study that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.

An oligarchy, by definition:

The central point which emerged out of Gilens’s and Page’s Princeton University study “is that 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.” Read more on Princeton University study.

Is it time to vote Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders into the Oval Office? It could happen.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s