Scientific Study Says We Are an Oligarchy

The anecdotes are plentiful, from modest gun control proposals that saw 90% public support, to unemployment compensation, to infrastructure spending, to women’s rights; where a plurality exists even across party lines, the median public interest seems to hold no sway in policy making. Now science has proven this to be correct:

‘The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. Our results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.’

Distilled down into simple terms: The U.S.A. is now provably an oligarchy; we are a democracy in name only. DINO, as in dinosaur… As in extinct…. Has the acronym ever been more pathetically poignant?

Pajoly, Daily Kos

Here is a link to the original study conducted by Martin Gilens, Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page, Northwestern University:

Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens

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