"You have to understand that many people are not ready to be unplugged, and many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it." Matrix
An oligarchy is a form of government in which power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, military might, or religious hegemony.
The powerful corporate elite have always exercised an inordinate share of power in America. They leverage their power to influence and shape domestic and foreign policy through political contributions and lobbying. This is nothing new.
Historically, most Americans have understood and complied with the Golden Rule - he who has the gold rules - just as long as the average guy can get a piece of the American pie.
However, in recent decades, the average Joe/Jane middle-class has been getting the squeeze. Economic globalization means bye-bye to many living wage jobs and hello to a cheaper labor force.
Amid rising frustration among middle-class America of all hues, recent propaganda has pitted red state v. blue, rural against urban, black v. white, immigrant v. citizen and so on and so on.
Appeal for Wisdom:
When someone tries to whip me up into an emotional frenzy, I try to step back and peep the game. I try to step back and allow for some critical thinking. I check out and identify who wins in this arrangement.
Then, I try to drop some science...