Thursday, August 21, 2014

Who rules America?

From the Hill courtesy of Hullabaloo:  

"The analysts found that when controlling for the power of economic elites and organized interest groups, the influence of ordinary Americans registers at a 'non-significant, near-zero level.' The analysts further discovered that rich individuals and business-dominated interest groups dominate the policymaking process. The mass-based interest groups had minimal influence compared to the business-based interest groups."

More here.

This became achingly obvious to me back in the 90s and I've been saying so since then. A lot of people over the years have either simply and assuredly disagreed or just sort of nodded and looked at me like I'm a bit crazy. But what's been obvious but denied for so long is now getting some solid quantifiable evidence behind it: our republic can no longer be described as democratic; we are ruled by the very rich, and the Democrats and Republicans alike do their bidding, not ours. The real question now isn't whether this has happened, but rather what are we going to do about it.

So...what are we going to do about it?