Monday, April 14, 2014

Study finds that the US is an oligarchy

Funny how sometimes it takes science to catch up with common wisdom. In this case, they finally figured out the obvious, but with 'science' behind it now some people might take this as more than rhetoric. Some with half a brain, that is. An excerpt:

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. [...] America's claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened by [...] the nearly total failure of 'median voter' and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy."

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