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No one who watches politics has any doubt that Joe Biden is barely, if at all, running the country. That fact has been true from the beginning of his presidency, and probably long before. Many of us are assuming that Ron Klain with several cohorts in the administration are the ones in charge, making the shocking and ill-conceived decisions for Biden; Biden is just a figurehead. Let me explain why we have effectively, if not formally, become an oligarchy, and the implications of that structure.
Here’s a definition of an oligarchy:
Broadly speaking, an oligarchy is a form of government characterized by the rule of a few persons or families. More specifically, the term was used by Greek philosopher Aristotle in contrast to aristocracy, which was another term to describe rule by a privileged few. However, to Aristotle, an aristocracy signified rule by the best members of society, while an oligarchy was characterized by the rule of the few for corrupt and unjust purposes.
Although the term has, generally, fallen out of favor, oligarchy is sometimes used to describe a government or society in which rulers are selected from a small class of elites. These elites exercise power on behalf of their class rather than for the greater good. German-born, Italian sociologist Robert Michels coined the phrase ‘iron law of oligarchy,’ which holds that there is an inevitable tendency of organizations to become less democratic and more oligarchic over time.
Oligarchy can be subdivided into several categories; for our purposes, I’m using the umbrella term, although I must admit that I was tempted to include, facetiously, the definition of geniocracy:
With a focus on problem solving and creative intelligence, geniocracy is essentially a government that is run by geniuses. Compassion and intelligence are the two main characteristics of the person in charge of these types of countries, and these two factors are considered more important than other factors, including education, familial significance, or a majority rule.
This same article discussed the pros and cons of an oligarchy. Although many of the benefits listed are not being produced by the Biden Administration, most of the cons applied:
- Only the speech of the oligarchs is taken seriously. The ideas of others are either ignored, criticized, or condemned.
- Oligarchs will fight to establish a status quo of their liking. That goal is met by the rich becoming richer and the poor becoming poorer. The middle class slowly disappears, because the structure has no place for them.
- The citizenry begins to rebel when it realizes the existing conditions and the lengths the oligarchy will go to in order to preserve them.
- Rebellion starts to break out in the form of riots and mayhem. Although most rebellion at this point has come from the Left, those activities are meant to intimidate those who will protest the Left’s preferred outcomes. We only need to look at January 6.
- An oligarchy harms the economy. Inflation is escalating at an alarming rate, with no end in sight.
Although the oligarchy membership list here is unclear, we can assume that includes powerful Democrats, the George Soros contingent, the medical bureaucrats (as well as other bureaucrats with influence), big corporations and members of the media (think NY Times or the Washington Post). It’s possible that some of these organizations are second-tier groupies.
Thus, the Democrats who decry our democratic republic as threatened are correct, but for the wrong reasons. Here’s one assessment of America’s situation:
American oligarchy is when myriad states take advantage of a pandemic to pass massive changes to electoral regulations by executive fiat, and thus in violation of the U.S. Constitution, in such a manner as to not-so-coincidentally benefit the regime’s favored political party. American oligarchy is when even the most anodyne of post-2020 election attempts to undo the ad hoc electoral changes of 2020, such as Georgia’s quite moderate voting law, are unfairly maligned by political oligarchs as ‘Jim Crow on steroids’ and viciously opposed by Big Business oligarchs all too happy to boycott states that legislate on behalf of cultural or electoral sanity.
American oligarchy is the spawning of a two-tier ‘biomedical security state’ in which dissenters from the ruling class’ preferred narrative on COVID-19 vaccines, mandates and lockdowns are punished via woke consternation, fired from their jobs, kicked off the digital public square and physically dragged out of convenience stores by police.
So here is where we find ourselves: a President who is a figurehead over a small, powerful group of greedy elites ( fighting for power or wealth or both) who are determined to continue to gather more power over every aspect of our country.
It’s breathtaking.Published in