America is an oligarchy. About 600 families over the history of America have held power

by DeadEndFred

“The truth is, that in large part the members of the political families of America, past and present, are not separate like chocolates, but form a mesh of interconnected families.  Less chocolates in a box, more a single pan of hash-browns.”

“In short, America has a ruling oligarchy.”

“So it doesn’t really matter if the name of the family is Bush, Roosevelt, Fish or Jefferson, Harrison, Frelinghuysen or Rockefeller.”

“Sixteen of the Presidential families (post Washington) arrived before 1677 and fully a dozen arrived before 1640.  Indeed, the only Presidents whose families were not already established before the Declaration of Independence in 1776 were Buchanan, Arthur, Wilson and Kennedy.  Surprisingly, for all that he plays on a Kenyan father, this also includes President Obama.”

“None arrived after the Civil War of the 1860’s. Yet it was after the Civil War that the great flow of migrants came.”

“If you were to go (and you should) to that authoritative site, The Political Graveyard, you will find lists and lists of everyone who has ever been involved in politics in America.”

“Political Graveyard also lumps some of these politicians together into familial groups for ease.  The site recognises 713 such family groups”

“…you’re looking at about 600 families over the history of America which have held power.  And this is not a kick in the teeth away from the 600 that Hughy Long was suggesting ruled America way back in the thirties.”

“I find that the Morgan and Rockefeller groups alone held, together 341 directorships in 112 banks, railroad, insurance and other corporations, and one of this group in an after dinner speech …asserted that 12 men in the United States controlled the business of the nation.” -Hughy Long

President Jimmy Carter: The United States is an Oligarchy…

HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems like a violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on that?

CARTER: It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members. So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election’s over. … The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves. Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who’s just a challenger.

A list of politicians admitting that money controls politics

Is America an Oligarchy?

“In the United States, our findings indicate, the majority does not rule—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes. When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover … even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.”

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