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Category Archive: Oligarchy

Jan 28 2011

The basis for joint action

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) There is much in common between what the tea partiers and progressives seek, as can be seen in this informative joint interview on Fox News with Ralph Nader, a lifelong progressive, and Ron Paul, a tea party favorite. Look at the list of things they agree on: …

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Jan 27 2011

Another path for the future

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) If an economic calamity is to be averted in the US, it will require a popular revolt against the power of the oligarchy because the political leadership is not going to do take action against it. The Democratic Party is unlikely to be the leader of a …

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Jan 26 2011

The US as a destabilizing threat to the transglobal oligarchy

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) The main threat to the transglobal oligarchy does not come from those countries that we normally think of as being unstable but from the US, because of the rapacity of the financial sector of the US economy that, like a swarm of locusts, is consuming everything in …

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Jan 25 2011

How Monica Lewinsky saved Social Security

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) I have repeatedly said that progressives have to be most on the alert when Democrats are in power. It is under Democratic administrations that the oligarchy tries to achieve major goals because the party’s base, ever-vigilant to guard against encroachments when Republicans hold power, falls asleep when …

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Jan 24 2011

Recent cracks in the oligarchy

(For previous posts about the oligarchy, see here.) I wrote earlier about how cracks appeared in the oligarchy during the late stages of the Vietnam war. In that case, the oligarchy split between those businesses for whom the war remained a good thing because their businesses directly benefited from the war effort, and those for …

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Jan 21 2011

The nature of oligarchic power

One of the famous sayings of Chairman Mao in his Little Red Book was that “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” That saying still holds true. The US oligarchy has disproportionate influence within the transglobal oligarchy because it has the military strength of the US behind it. This is why we …

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Jan 20 2011

Who makes up the oligarchy?

Commenter Jeff, in response to an earlier post, posed the question: Who or what constitutes the oligarchy and when did they come into being? Another commenter to that same post, named simply G, asked: What needs to be done to change things? I’ll address the first question here and keep the next for a subsequent …

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Jan 19 2011

When cracks appear in the oligarchic system

Knowledge seeks to be free. While oligarchic suppression of unauthorized messages can be very thorough, it can never be complete. There will always be people who have a strong urge to know the truth and disseminate it and they will find ways to do so. We have seen in the past that even under tightly-controlled …

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Jan 17 2011

The media as a model of how a modern oligarchy operates

A well-functioning oligarchic system usually operates smoothly and largely openly and without a hierarchical structure. It achieves its goals by setting up filters that weed out those who do not support its agenda and rarely requires overt intervention to achieve its goals. I discussed earlier how the major filter was the high cost of entry …

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Jan 13 2011

A model for how the oligarchy works

To understand who constitutes the new national and transglobal oligarchies and how they work, it is helpful to examine a subsystem of the oligarchy that has been studied extensively and provides a good model or template for understanding it. One fact that quickly emerges is that the best propaganda systems are those that operate seemingly …

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