Breaking News: The U.S. is an oligarchy

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  1. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    BBC summary:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

    Paper and research summary:

    https://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf

    http://scholar.princeton.edu/mgilens/pages/research
     
  2. Bug-Creator macrumors 6502

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    Mmmkay....

    Just don't get the "Breaking News" part :confused: :confused: :p
     
  3. lannister80 macrumors 6502

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    Sarcasm? It's kind of obvious that the US is an oligarchy.
     
  4. G51989 macrumors 68030

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporatocracy

    I think this is a better description.

     
  5. jnpy!$4g3cwk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It was in the original. :)

    I guess that is the debate, isn't it? Corporatocracy, Plutocracy, or Oligarchy. You can certainly make a case for each. :mad:

    I think Plutocracy is actually the closest myself. I think the U.S. has actually moved a bit away from the Corporatocracy-- that was more 60's and 70's, when the rich were not as super-rich, and, were more expendable as far the multinational corporations were concerned. But, in the 80's, people with controlling interests figured out how to play new shell games with mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buy-outs, to suck wealth out of corporations and leave shareholders with nothing but a corporate logo and a bunch of debt. I see these guys salivating over Apple from time to time, looking longingly at Apple's cash and thinking, "There must be a way ... "
     
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    Been obvious for over a decade, really. Likely, more. Became more obvious during the Clinton tenure.
     
  8. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    It's not necessarily "breaking" but it is certainly news to many people. Most Americans, regardless of whether they're "conservative" or "liberal," feel that democracy is important. "Conservatives" tend to favor policies that place fewer restrictions on corporations and the wealthy. The reasoning behind it has to do with beliefs over freedom, and a dislike for government restrictions. This report indicates that those corporate freedoms color the ideal of democracy.
     
  9. PinkyMacGodess macrumors 68040

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    Anyone for Runaway Capitalism?

    Everything has a price now. Congressman, clean air, clean water, the ability to walk down the street without getting shot by over roided and over militaristic cops...

    And, like so much, WE are being out bid for trying to save that and more..
     
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    Nice word. I'm making that my word of the day !
     
  12. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Thief.
     

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