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Scientific study concludes: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

Scientific study concludes: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

April 15, 2014 - In a recent report from the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, the United States is not a democracy, but is instead, an oligarchy. For those who aren't up with fancy words, this means that the US government is very, very corrupt.

The study's opening question is quite an eye-opener in itself, where it asks: "Who governs? Who really rules?" in the United States. The answer: "Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. 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".


They continue: "But... America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened". The findings in the report shows that there is instead "the nearly total failure of 'median voter' and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy".

It does get worse, with the authors of the study with the title of "Testing Theories of American Politics". The authors even state that they are probably under-representing the actual extend of control that the super-rich has over the US. They said: "Economic Elite Domination theories do rather well in our analysis, even though our findings probably understate the political influence of elites. Our measure of the preferences of wealthy or elite Americans - though useful, and the best we could generate for a large set of policy cases - is probably less consistent with the relevant preferences than are our measures of the views of ordinary citizens or the alignments of engaged interest groups. Yet we found substantial estimated effects even when using this imperfect measure. The real-world impact of elites upon public policy may be still greater".

What makes this report incredibly important, and bold, is that it is the first of its kind. The first-ever scientific study on whether the United States is a democracy. The paper says: "Until recently it has not been possible to test these contrasting theoretical predictions [that U.S. policymaking operates as a democracy, versus as an oligarchy, versus as some mixture of the two] 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".

The study concludes that the United States is absolutely not a democracy, and instead, is an oligarchy.



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US is an oligarchy not a democracy, says scientific study

PressTV - US is an oligarchy not a democracy, says scientific study. PressTV The clear finding is that the US is an oligarchy, no democratic country, at all. American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it's pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation's "news" media) Eric Zuesse, Common Dreams Apr 15, 2014 A new...

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4 comments

  • fayebrown965928#

    fayebrown965928 wrote April 18, 2014 1:11:47 AM CEST

    Since Oligarchy is a small governing group: a small group of people who together govern a nation or control an organization, often for their own purposes ... I can only agree .. But it’s been that way since the United State’s Corporation (owned by the British) was set up on American soil …

  • fayebrown965928#

    fayebrown965928 wrote April 18, 2014 1:11:38 AM CEST

    Since Oligarchy is a small governing group: a small group of people who together govern a nation or control an organization, often for their own purposes ... I can only agree .. But it’s been that way since the United State’s Corporation (owned by the British) was set up on American soil …

  • garyproffitt3#

    garyproffitt3 wrote April 17, 2014 8:16:46 AM CEST

    ..The next few weeks observation of Russian interference leading up to Ukraine's free elections on the 25th of May will dictate just what action will be taken and although some nations have economic ties with Russia there is much that can be done to punish the Russian corrupt rich that organise these campaigns of terror and corruption.

    Here is a list of measures that will have a massive effect on Putins desire to interfere and annexe more autonomous nations and states within Eastern Europe as his best friends will certainly feel the financial pinch of Putins miscalculations when these are acted out.

    (1).....Economic pressure Nations sourcing some or all of there energy from other nations and not from Russia.The blocking of sales of goods to Russia will not have any effect as this is a retail market and competition will simply
    fill the gap from countries with lower prices and lower quality goods.Food supplies and medicine should not be blocked either as the sanctions are not meant to effect the greater peoples of Russia.

    (2).....Political isolation will leave Russia in a weak position to have any say in world affairs that will be instrumental in its collaboration and development with the outside world.

    (3)......Financial pressures, this list is endless and is a real Achilles heal for a nation with negative growth this first quarter , an unstable currency, a much weakened investment market and the inability to fund any new venture into a cold war economy...

    (4).....BLOCKING Russia's forth coming claims to obtain rights to areas within the polar regions in search of energy as this area will have its fragile nature stocks come under great threat and the possibility of great military power bases
    erupting in these regions that will include the direct possibility of WOMD being positioned on shore and in faster reach of Industrialised Nations

  • garyproffitt3#

    garyproffitt3 wrote April 17, 2014 6:46:53 AM CEST

    In a sense you are right "but" this nation is not corrupt and spends alot of money fighting corruption internationally so nations like the collapsed remnant of the USSR cannot make comparisons between themselves and this United States of America unless you close one or both eyes and ignore the
    huge succession of known criminals into highs status jobs and positions within the federation of Russia
    since the collapse of the USSR system.

    Also there is no comparison to the huge number of eastern European military annexations and illegal
    take overs by the USSR and now the federation of Russia and the number of military engagements of the US that has only resulted in the fight of terrorism and the dismissal of dictatorships in problem countries and countries under great civil turmoil that required intervention.

    I cannot think of any nation in history that has done so much for world peace, the advancement of science and technology and the movement of peaceful negotiation.

    Shame on Russia for allowing Putin and his partners in crime to risk so much to gain only the pleasures and rewards of sin...

 
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