US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

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US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

by Eric Zuesse   Published on Monday, April 14, 2014 by Common Dreams

A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, …’

The U.S., in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious "electoral" "democratic" countries. We weren't formerly, but we clearly are now. Today, after this exhaustive analysis of the data, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” That's it, in a nutshell.

https://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/14

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We already knew that.

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      Katsung, thank you for linking to this interesting study - I wonder did you read the study?  What you quoted is not from the study, but from the article.  As far as I remember after quickly reading it the authors of the study did not compare the United States to Russia and did not use the word “corrupt.”  I felt the study was well done.

      What I see is that over the past 80 years the United States has put in place many programs such as unemployment insurance, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Deposit Insurance, public assistance programs, civil rights legislation, etc. that provide a safety net or other help for those individuals who are not of the small number of affluent Americans.

      Tom,