US Political System Has Been Almost Completely Usurped

A recent scientific study by Princeton and Northwestern universities, which has gone somewhat under reported in the mainstream media, concludes that the US is now a fully fledged oligarchy.

The paper, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups and Average Citizens, notes that America is no longer even a Democracy, which begs the question, how far removed is the country from being the Republic envisioned and painstakingly established by Benjamin Franklin and the founding fathers.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence,” the study notes.

In other words, powerful elites have taken over the country and effectively run the government, it is official. Of the people, by the people, for the people is now a thing of the distant past.

The research undertaken by the universities included the study of close to two thousand government policies enacted over a 21 year period between 1981 and 2002.

Using a framework of political models – Majoritarian Electoral Democracy, Economic Elite Domination, Majoritarian Pluralism and Biased Pluralism – researchers found that the majority of those US policies were specifically designed to benefit wealthy elites.

Policy outcomes “tend to tilt towards the wishes of corporations and business and professional associations,” the research states, meaning the US falls into the category of Biased Pluralism.

Researchers concluded that the reason for the trend is that policies are made by special interest groups rather than by politicians acting on behalf of average Americans.

“When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose.” the study also notes.

“In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule — at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes.”

“Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.” the study also notes.

The study points toward the conclusion that the US is nothing more than an illusion of democracy.

“Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association” the study notes, while warning “we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

The authors of the study, Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page concur that the will or opinion of the majority in the US has no effect on the way government is run.

“The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

“Perhaps economic elites and interest group leaders enjoy greater policy expertise than the average citizen does,” Gilens and Page write. “Perhaps they know better which policies will benefit everyone, and perhaps they seek the common good, rather than selfish ends, when deciding which policies to support.

“But we tend to doubt it” they add.

Written by Steve Watson.

4 Responses to US Political System Has Been Almost Completely Usurped

  1. Tonya says:

    I don’t want “majority rule” when it comes to the constitution and bill of rights. The politicians should protect the bill of rights from the majority. Period.

  2. Val says:

    Oligarchy = ruled by elite few

    Democracy = ruled by majority, ‘collectivism’. Where 51% can lord over the other 49%…. so only HALF the people have a say.

    Republic = rule of law, individuals rights are protected from the ‘collective’.

    BRING BACK OUR REPUBLIC! Our 5000 year miracle! Freedom, living by God’s laws of our own accord has brought more technology and more good to more people than this world has EVER seen, and we did it in 200 years!

  3. Some time back on a FB comment I stated that the first “flag” of a republican candidate being what is referred to as a RINO is if they refer to our country as a Democracy, I got a reply that it was a ridiculous statement…I stand by my comment! If a republican candidate does not know that we are a Republic, and that our Constitution clearly states under Article 4, Section 4 “every state shall be guaranteed a republican form of government”….why would we expect them to abide by their oath of office to “protect, defend and preserve” out Constitution? The whole establishment of the GOP and RNC has become a left leaning body, which is why they want to get rid of the conservatives that we have elected since 2010

  4. OBAMA”S WHOLE ADMINISTRATION IS JUST A SYMPTON OF THE REAL PROBLEM.THE REAL PROBLEM IS THE UN EDUCATED, IMMORAL,UNGODLY,CITIZENERY,PRETENDING TO BE AMERICANS. IF THERE WERE ENOUGH REAL AMERICANS STANDING GUARD AGAINST TYRANY THE SO CALLED POLITICAL CESPOOL THAT HAS BEEN WASHINGTON D.C. FOR MANY DECADES WOULD HAVE SEEN A 2ND REVOLUTION LONG AGO.2ND CHRONICLES 7:14,GOD HELP AMERICA!

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