It’s become clear over the past few decades that the democracy that U. S. nations was founded on and that U. S. citizens hold so dear is on life support.
Their political system has become utterly corrupted by its lust for money, ceding power to the whims of the mega-rich and to the multinational corporations that by their nature have no interest in anything but enriching its shareholders.
A recent study released by the esteemed Princeton University has confirmed those fears; after analysing “1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002,” they have concluded that U. S. nation is no longer an actual democracy, but an oligarchy – “a government in which a small group exercises control especially for corrupt and selfish purposes.”
The report notes that “the central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” they write, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence. The 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.”
Given the events of the past two decades, it’s clear that this is the truth. The U. S. democracy is a sham; the desires and opinions of the common people are briefly considered before being discarded if they don’t line up with those of the elites. From Ronald Reagan’s reckless deregulations, Clinton’s revoking of the Glass-Stegall Act (which forced banks to behave like banks and not like casinos), the continued deregulation of the George W. Bush years leading directly to the Great Recession – the U. S. government has acted to enrich the oligarchs and empower the institutions which they control.
The American middle class has been consistently mistreated and abused by the elites, turned upside, shook like a piggy bank, a plaything to be exploited to keep the money and power funneling up to the top until today, when the middle class is naught but a carcass of what it once was.
Little care has been shown for the well-being or happiness of the common people. The middle class driven into poverty by robber-baron economic policies, squeezed dry by the ravenous hunger of the “free market.”
U. S. supermarkets flooded with cheap junk foods that have created an obesity epidemic; streets are filled with deadly weapons that make American people live in fear of their fellow humans. When they require treatment for their diabetes, for their gunshot wounds, for any basic malady, they are forced to make enormous sacrifices for the “privilege” of health insurance.
The oligarchs dangle increasingly rare jobs and opportunities above a sea of desperate humans, for which they turn against their fellow men in order to ensure security for themselves and their family; when those jobs are secured, american people are expected to put their lives on hold for the corporate masters, disregarding people’s personal and emotional health, their families, mental well-being in order to show gratitude for living in some form of comfort.
Those who cannot find opportunity, jobs, or meaning for their lives in a system stacked against them are demonised as lazy and unworthy of survival. The mainstream media fans the flames of division between races and religions; the politicians take the money from people’s schools and give it to corporations, leaving the people stupid, weak, and infinitely at their mercy.
Obviously these are all gross generalizations, but it is no coincidence that 20 Americans control as much wealth as half of the rest of the population – some 160 million souls. It is no coincidence that Donald Trump, an oligarch himself, has barely bothered to lay down any ground network in the early states, barely interacts with the people at all – with the exception of his rallies, where he channels the frustration that him and his ilk have created and redirects it towards their fellow men, blaming blacks, Mexicans, women, Muslims for all of America’s problems. It is no coincidence that American politicians in Congress have gerrymandered their districts to ensure re-election, and then vote against the interests of the citizens who they supposedly represent. It is no coincidence that making an impact in American political system requires a great deal of money.
Senator Bernie Sanders has become a powerful political force in this country because people recognise what has happened; have recognised that the other candidates only offer more of the same. He is the only candidate to openly acknowledge the deeply-entrenched forces in this country which keep American people subjugated, kept the people complacent with mindless consumer content while the oligarchs plot to send their children off to die in useless overseas wars, to extract every ounce of value from the U. S. family environment regardless of the consequences.
When world warms and the waters rise and the wrath of a vengeful earth wreaks havoc across the world, whose lives will be lost? Whose homes lost in the deluge? This study is just another confirmation of what too many of us already knew; and it is an urgent demand for us to begin to do something about it.