America Is An Oligarchy

A study out of Princeton and Northwestern concluded what we all already know. America in its current state is not a democracy nor a republic, but an oligarchy; where a small ruling class dominates the political system and forces their own agenda, to the exclusion of everyone else, into government policy.

In the last 5 years alone, the 200 most politically active companies in the US spent $5.8 billion influencing our government with lobbying and campaign contributions. Those same companies got $4.4 trillion in taxpayer support — earning a return of 750 times their investment.

Add to that the tens of billions of dollars per year we lose subsidizing smaller states whose values differ greatly from our own, but whose votes are weighted to count much more than ours… and you’ve got the broken system that we desperately need to break free from.

The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens