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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery” Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.”

Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an “Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery”

Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.” Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United. Transcript: HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy. Asking "[w]ho really rules?

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

" researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. List of forms of government. Ever wondered what all those ...ocracies and ...archies were?

List of forms of government

Seek no further than RationalWiki's list of forms of government. Anarchism A form of government (or lack thereof) with no ruling hierarchy, instead decisions are made at a directly democratic level: laws are created by citizens alone, although they may be enforced by institutions that are not publicly controlled. Anarcho-capitalism A stateless society composed of sovereign individuals living within the constraints of a corporatist market. What is America? A Republic? A Democracy? An Oligarchy? A Plutocracy? A Theocracy? US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study.

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, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, "Who governs?

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study

Who really rules? " It’s Official: Scientific Study Shows that the U.S. Is an Oligarchy NOT a Democracy. We noted last year: American democracy – once a glorious thing – has devolved into an oligarchy, according to two leading IMF officials, the former Vice President of the Dallas Federal Reserve, thehead of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Moody’s chief economist and many others.

It’s Official: Scientific Study Shows that the U.S. Is an Oligarchy NOT a Democracy

But don’t take their word for it … Scholar Behind Viral 'Oligarchy' Study Tells You What It Means. You published an advance copy of your study on April 9th, and in just the last few days there's been an explosion of coverage and interest.

Scholar Behind Viral 'Oligarchy' Study Tells You What It Means

Are you pleased, shocked, overwhelmed, all of the above? I'm delighted to be able to contribute to a terribly important public discussion. Oligarchy, American Style. Anyone who has tracked this issue over time knows what I mean.

Oligarchy, American Style

Whenever growing income disparities threaten to come into focus, a reliable set of defenders tries to bring back the blur. Think tanks put out reports claiming that inequality isn’t really rising, or that it doesn’t matter. Pundits try to put a more benign face on the phenomenon, claiming that it’s not really the wealthy few versus the rest, it’s the educated versus the less educated. So what you need to know is that all of these claims are basically attempts to obscure the stark reality: We have a society in which money is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few people, and in which that concentration of income and wealth threatens to make us a democracy in name only. The budget office laid out some of that stark reality in a recent report, which documented a sharp decline in the share of total income going to lower- and middle-income Americans. United States: From Democracy To Oligarchy And Plutocracy. According to, there are 130 foreign companies that sponsor PACs ( Political Action Committees) using their US-based subsidiaries to finance countless campaigns in the 2010 election cycle.

Together, they have donated more than $12.6 million (and still counting) to political campaigns through various PACs. The electoral contributions seem recession proof, since this number is higher than any other federal midterm election cycle, and second only to the 2008 presidential election, when foreign-connected companies spent a record $16.9 million. Up until the 2006 election, the foreign connected PACs greatly favored Republicans. Plutocrats v. Oligarchs. The Supreme Court’s recent decision, McCutcheon v FEC, granted further political influence to the 1 percent, enabling them to spend as much as they wish influencing political campaigns.

Plutocrats v. Oligarchs

It followed the Court’s 2010 ruling, Citizens United v. FEC, allowing the rich to spend unlimited sums on political advertising. Some wonder if this is not a 21st century form of buying an election? Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) lamented the toll these decisions will likely have on American popular democracy. “If present trends continue, elections will not be decided by one-person, one-vote,” he warned.

Sanders acknowledged the potential consequences of the Court’s decisions: “The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.” Plutocracy. Plutocracy (from Greek πλοῦτος, ploutos, meaning "wealth", and κράτος, kratos, meaning "power, dominion, rule") or plutarchy, is a form of oligarchy and defines a society or a system ruled and dominated by the small minority of the wealthiest citizens.


The first known use of the term was in 1652.[1] Unlike systems such as democracy, capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy. The concept of plutocracy may be advocated by the wealthy classes of a society in an indirect or surreptitious fashion, though the term itself is almost always used in a pejorative sense.[2] Usage[edit] Examples[edit] 5 signs America is devolving into a plutocracy. Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do?

5 signs America is devolving into a plutocracy

A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks? Two studies released last week confirmed what most of us already knew: the ultra-wealthy tend to be narcissistic and have a greater sense of entitlement than the rest of us, and Congress only pays attention to their interests. Both studies are consistent with earlier research. In the first study, published in the current Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Paul Piff of UC Berkeley conducted five experiments which demonstrated that “higher social class is associated with increased entitlement and narcissism.” PLUTOCRACY CARTEL AN ENTRENCHED ELITE OF VAST WEALTH WIELDS EXTRAORDINARY POWER OVER WORLD AFFAIRS. Ralph Nader: United States an "Oligarchy-Plutocracy" By Kevin Kelly As corporate influence expands seemingly unchecked and elected representatives reject compromise in favor of zero-sum game or stalemate, consumer rights advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader has undertaken one of his most ambitious challenges- the organization of a coalition of both left and right, uniting to defeat the “corporate state.”

For more than five decades, Nader has mobilized Americans to demand greater oversight on such pivotal issues as auto safety, pollution, government reform, and health care. Nader’s success as a political activist earned him distinction by The Atlantic as one of the 100 most influential Americans in history. At the same time, the corporate forces he has fought against branded him a pariah. Left and Right coming together? Krugman: Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet. (Credit: Moyers & Company)In an interview with journalist Bill Moyers set to air Friday, Nobel laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman celebrates both the insights and warnings of French economist Thomas Piketty whose new ground-breaking book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, argues that modern capitalism has put the world "on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy—a society of inherited wealth. " Dem Rep: SCOTUS Lurching Us Into a Plutocratic Oligarchy, Campaign Finance Law Comparable to Slavery.

By Breitbart TV3 Apr 2014358 In a speech outside the Supreme Court after Wednesday’s “McCutcheon v. FEC” decision striking down a cap on the total amount an individual can contribute to federal candidates, Rep. Supreme Court Deals Another Blow To Campaign Finance Limits. The decision -- written by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito -- held that "aggregate limits are invalid under the First Amendment. " Justice Clarence Thomas concurred with the other conservative justices but penned a separate opinion arguing that campaign finance restrictions should be wiped out further. Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting To Beat Obama. Why the Views of Businesses and the Rich Count for More in America.

The Unraveling of Government. Frustrated over the inability of political leaders to find common ground on even the most pressing national issues, Americans have developed a long list of people or political practices to blame for the fact that government doesn’t seem to work anymore. The top 10 reasons American politics are so broken. President Obama meets with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. 5 Powerful Shifts Transforming America Society into an Unrecognizable and Frightening Future. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from here. Inside the Cushy, Fabulously Compensated Life of an Ex-Congressman. Photo Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore.

Iron triangle (US politics) Iron Triangle diagram In United States politics, the iron triangle comprises the policy-making relationship among the congressional committees, the bureaucracy, and interest groups.[1] 7 of the Biggest Reasons America Is Screwed. Our current political situation is unprecedented.

The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. The Unraveling of Government.