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*A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy…The authors of this historically important study are Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, and their article is titled “Testing Theories of American Politics.” The authors clarify that the data available are probably under-representing the actual extent of control of the U.S. by the super-rich…* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

*Read more here from Eric Zuesse at Common Dreams:


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  1. %100 true
    We are a oligarchy
    CEO makes 10 mil a year and employees 40 k a year
    And employees do the work
    Oligarchy can also be described as greed
    CEO claims wit out them company wouldn't exist
    Wake up everyone we being played used abused

    Building a multi billion dollar wall on USA border shows country has money elite don't want to give it to u peasant they the elite gonna tax us and have paid slaves build the wall
    Sounds familiar
    Acropolis etc
    Paid slaves
    Keep watching dancing with the stars and other reality tv series and eat fast food and candy crush
    USA as a country wealthy not its pons
    USA military strong cause of its Pons
    USA ranks low in essential matters
    For its peasants us me to
    For one
    Our health care sucks among with other third world countries
    We have become the best third world country in the world now and still growing
    We live off of plastic money
    Preserved foods
    Pheizer runs us also
    USA citizens consume lots of alcohol
    Number one in opiud abuse
    Our second cause of death in USA are car accidents
    List goes on and on and inflation keeps rising up
    Oooops here come the economic hit men and the jackals

  3. Oligarchs own the political system, so you do not get to choose who to vote for, they do. Then they tell your representatives how to vote because they own them, not you. Revolution you say? Forget it. Revolutions were possible into the twentieth century, no more. Oligarchs own the police and the military. Even the best armed, best trained militias in the world would not survive the first week of a revolution. Get used to it. It can and will get progressively worse, guaranteed. Democracy is a nice concept. It has never worked and it never will.

  4. Oh no! Constitutional Convention? I used to think that might be the only solution, but fact is: There is an ernest effort in progress to have a constitutional convention led by Texas and joined by most of the former CSA and solidly red northern and western states. Their aim, if successful, would be an absolute disaster for America. Scary stuff. They do not just want to secede this time, they intend to conquer without firing a shot.

  5. When they do away with Soc. Sec.(like they did Glass-Steagall), as they so much want to (doesn't matter why it seems), that is when I will finally run away from America. It's the last bastion or bulwark from the '30s that the other Americans have been railing against because of some reason the proud rich, or patriotic politician puts in the public's ear for our public discussion. It is harmful. To the present & future generations. I know it's debatable or other detestable solutions may crop up in time, but at the moment there is no substitute for reliable government service that the Gov't should be defending. 'For the common defense', remember? Are there any more common people than we Americans? I don't know anymore. Maybe I should take my measly savings & go some place tropical. And invest in the requisite apparel! Cheers to the Margarita underclass!

  6. I'm an immigrant into the US from Canada. The US is NOT a democracy. Canada is. France is. But the US? It's an oligarchy. Anyone with a brain can see it if they bother to look.

  7. The government is an instrument for the elite. It has always been this way and will always be this way. This problem is not going anywhere as long as government exists. Come out of this illusion you idiot. Democracy is just another form of Oligarchy. Get rid of government.

  8. America was designed as an Oligarchy by the founding fathers from the beginning when the Constitution was ratified. They gave themselves the power to borrow money from the ignorant masses creating a debt that they have to pay back by taxation. It is that power of Congress "to borrow money on the credit of the United States" in the Constitution. It is up to you to figure out how that works, because these media pundits won't teach you, and you won't learn it in school. In the final analysis, things won't change unill that power of the oligarchs is limited, or taken away form them.

  9. You think it is a coincidence that this all started under Reagan. No it was not. Can John Q. Public turn this around .  I don't know? We the American people have been had. that I do know!!!

  10. It started in the 1700. Power between the people and the corporations has shifted 8 times since then. Right now, the power is shifting. For you and I, it started in 1970 when the attack on manufacturing started…when off shoring started and when our labor market was flooded with millions upon millions of low pay workers that dont care about unions. I knew back then that our country was being "dismantled" for the new world order. It was easy to see. You have to know something about economics and understand how important it is for the working class to have money. You also have to put down your emotions and look at facts. This is fact and history: If you destroy the working class, you destroy an economy. I dout any economist would argue with that.

  11. The roots of oligarchy in the USA were planted when the Constitution was ratified in 1789. That power of Congress to, "borrow money on the credit of the United States" without limitations imposed is the source of oligarchy control. It will never end in this country, or any other, until the Constitution is amended as follows: Congress shall have power to borrow money on the credit of the United States for any specific purpose, and issue secureties for that purpose which must be retired during a period not to exceed fifty years by general taxation and/or user fees.

  12. I can't believe this guy (an expert) does not know the definition of democracy!!! we are suppose to be a republic!!! stop referring our government as a democracy!!!

  13. All very true. The system is not perfect and parts are getting worse. But as long as US average salaries and universities remain the best in the world, US will remain the top destination for opportunity (more money) and future outlook (post secondary education). Likewise US citizens will comparatively continue to remain in country. Yes things can be better, but in other words, despite all the US bashing, reports, rankings, etc, people vote with their feet and the experiment is working. Which means we are doing something right.

  14. there's a massive difference between republic and democracy. We have a republic and people have turned it into a democracy which ALWAYS evolves into an oligarchy. What you want is A REPUBLIC. Learn the difference and learn why the founding fathers HATED democracies.

  15. There's no such thing as a society without oligarchy. The key to being free is to  officially and deliberately limit the power of the oligarchy, and avoid asking the oligarchy to give us stuff and solve all our problems and take care of us and wipe our ass for us like we were helpless infants.

  16. it's neither you idiots. we are a constitutional republic and we always have been the word democracy is non existent in both the declaration of Independence and the us Constitution

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