America: An Oligarchy?

It was Mr. Spock who invoked: “logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.” Spock made that statement and other pronouncements very similar to it on many occasions. Mr. Spock lived and died by that principle, as was evidenced on the occasion when he sacrificed himself so that others could live, as Spock breathed his last breath and died.

However, has it not also been said by some that the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many?

Oligarchy is a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

As Kidepede, History and Science for Kids, states: “Oligarchy means the rule of the few, and those few are generally the people who are richer and more powerful than the others, …”
Click over to read the entire Kidipede Oligarhy article.

Now, I would like to suggest you click over to read Oligarchy, American Style by Paul Krugman as published November 3, 2011 in the Opinion Pages of The New York Times.

I sure would like to read your opinions and comments about whether you believe the United States of America is an oligarchy.


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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One Response to America: An Oligarchy?

  1. I hit the NYT paywall and refused to subscribe, but have read some of Krugman’s work on this before. There is no doubt that those who have the most get the most influence on government, since that’s the way that they system is designed. Of course this wouldn’t be that big of a deal if we hadn’t increasingly placed so much power in the hands of government, making it worth influencing. Take away that power and you take away the desire for the influence on government of the 1%.

    That being said, we probably do have what could be considered a form of oligarchy in this country, but it is as much a function of aggressive apathy where government is concerned as it is finance. The few rule the nation because the great part simply don’t care. (After all, America’s Idol is Dancing with the Stars, and has Talent…)


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