Those Damn Oligarchs!

Almost daily we here about all those Russian ‘oligarchs’….those rich individuals that have all the power in a government…..to include Putin…..those corrupt individuals that thrive on corruption.

But first what the Hell is an oligarchy?

The political term, oligarchy, comes to English from the Greek with its meaning intact — a form of government run by a small number of people such as wealthy landowners, royalty or powerful military figures. If you say that you can’t fight the oligarchy, you mean the leaders of such a place. Sometimes the word refers to the few powerful people in charge of a large company or system. A financial oligarchy might try to block reform.

With that definition then Russia is a prime example.

Something to think about……

What about our gang of oligarchs?

Yes Irene we have a pack of oligarchs.

Ever hear of Bezos or Zuckerberg or Musk and the rest of the influence peddlers in our beloved country.

“American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s “news” media),” he writes. “The US, in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious ‘electoral’ ‘democratic’ countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now.”

“Functioning democracy means that there’s a correlation between the will of the people and the policies that affect them,” the American-Swiss historian pointed out, saying that whereas “you let the politicians do whatever they want to do” in the United States.

The system, he explained, “may call itself democratic, but in essence, it’s an oligarchy,” in which political power effectively rests with a small, elite segment of society.

The opinion echoed what former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said in 2015 that the United States is “an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.” A study from Princeton University and Northwestern University in 2014 also concluded that the U.S. government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful.

The rich have unlimited amount of political influence through their cash fed into ‘campaigns’ as donations.

Stop pretending that the US is anything but an oligarchy…..maybe we should replace the stars on our flag with the true controllers of the nation…..

(Image from American Conservative)

And you think you are in control of this country….it is to laugh…..you are told you are in control and you believe the BS…..and that makes us some of the biggest suckers on the planet.

Make no mistake….this country is controlled by oligarchs….from government to news to food supply…..we can point and condemn Russia all we like…but as the old saying goes..’when you point remember there are fingers pointing back’.

The Russian oligarchs are no worse than ours.

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8 thoughts on “Those Damn Oligarchs!

  1. It’s an interesting thought – are the Russian oligarchs no worse? In a sense you might be right, as the naked exploitation of Russia’s state capitalist system makes financial elites more ‘visible’ to your average person. On the other hand, some people might argue that the political system in Russia means extraction and exploitation via the state and elites is unlimited, especially now that Russia has chosen the path of hard authoritarianism.

  2. Yes indeed, America has its oligarchs, and had them before modern-day Russia even existed.
    ‘People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’.
    Critics would do well to remember that old saying.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I think today every bigger state has its oligarchy, and the globalization has brought them together. Now its the question about China, and its possibility turning them all into one. If this would be true, how should we revert it? ;-/ xx Michael

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