oligarchy

Democracy is only acceptable if it can be controlled by those already in power.
Virtually every day there has been a new, extraordinary grant of power to corporate interests.
Within hours of his taking office, The Leader and his minions were lying about the size of His crowds, and chastising the press for not being sufficiently deferential to their new ruler.
Writing about plutocracy in America, history professor and author Ronald Formisano concludes, "The growing gap between the
You think you voted for Trump, so that he can "shake up" Washington to your benefit. Simple, right? Not so fast. Here is what you really voted for, based on the long-track record of the incoming power elite.
The systemic violence being perpetrated by agents of the government has done more collective harm to the American people and our liberties than any single act of terror.
Donald Trump's economic proposals, elusive and less-than-fully-formed though many of them remain, paint a clear picture. His economic vision is not "populist," contrary to conventional wisdom.
The photo ID requirement is also too broad, enacting seemingly irrational restrictions unrelated to the goal of combating
Once again Eastern Europe is the location of a geo-political struggle that could define Europe's security for a generation. Moldova, a small country with a long history of foreign meddling, is at the epicenter of Eastern Europe. It is time for policymakers in the West start giving this tiny country more attention.
Railing against a political choice that offers no real choice, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson snarled, "How many more
Tax cuts for the rich, the abolishment of the estate tax, the lowering or elimination of capital gains taxes, and other such Republican economic prescriptions will only serve to make the rich wealthier, just as they are intended to do, and to hasten our journey toward oligarchy.
On March 4, 2016 CNN did a report on U.S. Congressman Steve Russell, of Oklahoma, who had just produced his second annual "Waste Watch," a list of all the things he believes Americans would or should, be shocked to find their tax dollars go to.
While there are two candidates who would lead us to the latter, one slowly and one swiftly, there is only one candidate trying to return us to the principles of democracy we have all but forgotten.
Congress does not represent us. The courts do not advocate for us. The president does not listen to us. And the First Amendment's assurance of the right to speak freely and petition our government for a redress of grievance no longer applies to us.
A final message to my fellow progressives. We all hope Bernie Sanders will become the 45th President of The United States
The Flint water crisis is one example of (I shudder to use the term) collateral damage from this push toward oligarchy. Clean water, clean air, safe food -- none of this comes naturally.
Global corporations and the wealthiest 1% of Americans have bought and paid for enough politicians -- and apparently enough "Justices"-- that we no longer have a government that truly represents the people. If politicians were still loyal to the people, Congress would have immediately counteracted these rotten rulings. But they did not.
Do we simply participate in the collapse of the American republic as it degenerates toward a totalitarian regime, or do we take a stand at this moment in history and reject the pathetic excuse for government that is being fobbed off on us?