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Preventing An Oligarchy
Did the Founding Fathers have it backwards?
Oligarchy
Oligarchy
Oligarchy is a form of power structure where power effectively rests with few people. These people could be distinguished by royalty, wealth, family, education, corporate, or military control. Such states are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass their influence from one generation to the next. | Photo: Design by "As One"
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One of our most beloved Founding Fathers, James Madison, was adamant about the creation of a Republic, not a true Democracy but a Republic. America is a Republic, where we vote for people with "better wisdom" to represent us, but not always, in order to prevent "mob rule".

Most people believe they currently live in a true democracy, where majority rules, and do not understand America is governed by a Republic. Madison feared our government would come under the control of an oligarch, if we had a true democracy.

An oligarch is a governing body, made up of small factions of the wealthy, the powerful, or the military, who rule over the masses. Oligarchy rule leads to oppression of freedoms, and physical or debt servitude for the masses, to keep up the oligarch's power.

America is still a Republic, and yet we are currently governed by a corporate oligarch. Somehow, someway, either the oligarchs figured out how to have both, or Madison's original thesis is incorrect, or something more nefarious is at hand here.

Often times in the past, I would read the writings of our Founding Fathers, and would come away with the impression that they were mostly oligarchs. If not for John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and a few others, we most likely would have adopted an oligarchian model of governance.

Alexander Hamilton argued for such during the creation of the United States Senate; "All communities divide themselves into the few and the many. The first are the rich and the well-born; the other the mass of the people…turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right. Give therefore to the first class a distinct, permanent share in the Government."

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America is still a Republic, and yet we are currently governed by a corporate oligarch.
stant picking away at the checks and balances in our Republic over the decades, along with public office holders who believe in the words of Hamilton, instead of the wisdom's of Adams and Jefferson; has rendered our Republic useless in the 21st century.

Even without revisiting the past, it is clear; our Republic has spawned the massive creation of one of the world's most powerful oligarchs, the corporate-oligarch. Most of our legislation is created by corporate lawyers, who craft laws and rules with a select group of public officials, beholden to corporate-interests, behind closed doors; and this is the legislation that gets voted on before "our" congress.

Some people believe the pathway to more freedoms, and the destruction of the corporate oligarch, is to be found in the Constitution, as our Founding Fathers designed.

I'm not sure of that conclusion, at least until we have a labor force in ownership of the products and services they produce, the masses will always be governed by oligarchs. After all, the proof is in the reality, and the reality is, America is, and has been ruled by an oligarch, for a very long time, despite some of our Founding Father's best intentions.

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