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Is America A Plutarchy Or A Corporatocracy?

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”
Karl Marx

I was doing some reading on various government structures and came across oligarchy, and I was shocked on how closely America resembles this type of governmental structure. As I did some more reading I came across a form of government called corporatocracy which actually defined our structure better. Many Americans think they live within a Liberal Democracy which favors the freedom of the citizens of the state. Every 2-4 years we have the freedom to elect new officials whose purpose it is to serve their constituents. These elected officials do not serve us they serve the corporations lining their pockets more than the people. I would like everyone to sit back and ponder this. Do you feel you live in such a nation?

An oligarchy is a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, or military control. These states are often controlled by politically powerful families whose children are heavily conditioned and mentored to be heirs of the power of the oligarchy. In this country we do not have royalty, but we do have great wealth that controls most of this country. I am sure the children of these wealthy people are groomed to take over when they pass. I wonder if the ruling rich can be considered royalty. Who ever controls the country controls the military. The military fights for our safety and well being, but at the same time guarantees there is no possible way the people can revolt.

Oligarchies have been tyrannical throughout history, being completely reliant on public servitude to exist. The corporations controlling this country would not have the means to operate without the people. In the movie “Capitalism a Love Story” by Michael Moore he shows a letter from I believe US Bank sent out to their “Elite” customers stating the only thing standing in their way of a complete “plutocracy” is the American people’s right to vote. A Plutocracy is rule by the wealthy or power provided by wealth. The combination of both plutocracy and oligarchy is called plutarchy.

Robert Michels believed that any political system eventually evolves into an oligarchy. He called this the “iron law of oligarchy.” According to this school of thought, modern democracies should be considered as oligarchies. In these systems, actual differences between viable political rivals are small, the oligarchic elite impose strict limits on what constitutes an acceptable and respectable political position, and politicians’ careers depend heavily on unelected economic and media elites. Thus the popular phrase: there is only one political party, the incumbent party.

Corporate oligarchy (Corporatocracy) is a form of power, governmental or operational, where such power effectively rests with a small, elite group of inside individuals, sometimes from a small group of educational institutions, or influential economic entities or devices, such as banks, commercial entities that act in complicity with, or at the whim of the oligarchy, often with little or no regard for constitutionally protected prerogative.

One of Satan’s greatest deception was tricking the people he does not exist. I wonder if the greatest deception our government has done is tricking us into believing we are truly free.

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  1. You’ll get no arguments from me (except for the part about Satan who does not exist). I know that a lot of progressives are disappointed and dismayed at Obama’s weak administration. They so thought he would be a man of hope and change.

    Me? I’m not surprised at all! This is what I and several others predicted in the Fall of ’08. Obama simply is a front man for the real powers behind the curtain.

    Comment by The Rambling Taoist | September 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Rambling,
      You would be surprised on how many people refuse to believe this

      Comment by Tim Lundmark | September 7, 2010 | Reply

      • So, my question is simple. Since I currently work for a Corporatocracy, what is the proper method or chain of command when I want to discuss an issue at work? Does this form of government provide any method that will allow those at the bottom to directly impact the decision making process or decisions being made at the top? If not, what would you consider viable options for having one’s voice heard? Social websites like Facebook? Legal protests? What is the most effective method or cobination of methods used throughout history?

        Comment by Ron Scott | April 26, 2011

  2. I really like your last line!

    Comment by johanna | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. :)

    Comment by johanna | September 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. Thought provoking and so true…

    Comment by avikabir | March 21, 2011 | Reply

    • Avikabir,

      Thank you and welcome to the community. I hope you take the time to check out some of my other posts.

      Comment by The Random Thinker | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  5. Hi!
    About Tim Lundmark’s question: Your “freedom” is one big illusion.
    I give you 3 videos about this. One mesh, one made by a canadian philosopher and one last one from one slovenian philosopher:

    Comment by Zikl | June 18, 2011 | Reply

  6. The US is definitely an oligarchy, “a form of power structure in which power effectively rests with a small segment of society.” And indeed it is a Corporate Oligarchy or Corporatocracy.

    More and more Americans today argue that corporations now control the US government. The US political system operates within a corporate cage. If you want to run for office, you have to take corporate cash – and so you have to serve corporate interests.

    Corporate control of government is also defined as fascism. As the Godfather of Fascism, Benito Mussolini once summed it up: “Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.”

    You write, “One of Satan’s greatest deception was tricking the people he does not exist. I wonder if the greatest deception our government has done is tricking us into believing we are truly free.”

    Yes. –And a democracy. Just posted something on this:

    Comment by moraloutrage | June 27, 2011 | Reply

  7. You may even get more shocking if you look into the Net and search for “Jesuit Order Black Pope”
    the familiar names of TPTB (The Powers That Be) will come out, you will read names such as Rockefeller (USA), Rothschild (England) and so on. Knowing that the Federal Reserve is a private entity is surprise enough…but the lies and deceptions go beyond common human’s understanding.

    The Monarchy of Money!! ::

    as about theFed: Unelected, Unaccountable, Unrepentant ::
    19 Reasons Why … Is At The Heart Of Our Economic Problems ::

    Comment by Qomo | October 11, 2011 | Reply

  8. Sorry, just overlooked this one in recent post


    Be forewarned, this is a lengthy article, broken into 3 parts with many refs…
    yet it’s quite interesting to read over, so just spare some time, relax and digest it :)

    “The masses have never thirsted after truth. Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.” — Gustave Le Bon

    Comment by Qomo | October 11, 2011 | Reply

  9. The Most Powerful Man in The World

    the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations)
    the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers
    the Committee of 300 (the 17 wealthiest so-called “elite” families)
    the Rothschilds in England
    Rockefellers in America
    Bronfmans in Canada,

    …and on and on, comprising the physical power structure of the New World Order…

    When you being there, don’t miss the “…Worldwide Sociopolitical Chart Organization” in the beginning of page!

    Comment by Qomo | October 11, 2011 | Reply

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