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How to Make the United States an Oligarchy

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While the United States purports to be a democratic republic, it is either already an oligarchy or but a few steps away from it. In this context, an oligarchy is a political structure in which power is held largely by a small number of people. While all hierarchical systems have power disparities, the hallmark of an oligarchy is that power is highly concentrated in a few. Russia, which is ruled by Putin and his fellows, is a clear example of an oligarchy. Image Credit While oligarchs can be elected democratically, a proper democracy distributes power—the choices of the many are not nullified by the will of the few. Likewise, for a proper republic—while power is concentrated in the representatives, they are to serve the people they represent rather than a few who hold the power. Preventing an oligarchy from emerging from the corpse of a democracy or republic requires preventing the concentration of power. Alternatively, allowing the butterfly of oligarchy to emerge from the caterpillar of democracy requires shifting power from the many to the few. Let us now take a brief look at some broad strategies and tactics to make this happen. One important step towards the oligarchy is to ensure that limits are removed from the use of money in politics. The United States has hyper-concentrated wealth, which means that the hyper-wealthy are vastly outnumbered by everyone else. If the use of money in politics is strictly limited, then the hyper-wealthy must compete for political influence using the same tools as the non-wealthy, which means they will not always get their way. To the degree that the wealthy are free to use money to influence politics, they gain an advantage over the many and can use this advantage to concentrate political power to match their concentration of money. A second important step towards the oligarchy is to weaken or eliminate groups that can compete with the potential oligarchs. While the many cannot match the wealthy few in individual. . .

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