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Elison R. Salazar
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Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens
and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.

I wonder how much longer until the bad future from Continuum comes about, I don't want to be a part of the North American Union. [Eek!]
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Samprimary
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just want to get this out of the way in the beginning so that the discussion can maybe take a less tiresome tact than it does in most places

the study is not saying that the united states is an oligarchy, it is saying something very different that can be read (fairly in many ways) as evidence that the united states is becoming more oligarchic. the reasons why are endemic to pretty much every government on earth with few countries (nordic ones are a classic example) being better than the US in terms of total plutocratic/oligarchic influence on government.

anyone linking articles on this study and using it to say 'look see we're no better than <insert other country>' is usually being silly

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(Post Removed by JanitorBlade. Spamarchy.)

[ April 22, 2014, 10:32 AM: Message edited by: JanitorBlade ]

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Orincoro
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whistled.
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Samprimary
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thread is now oligarchy
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You laugh, but the one who controls the fut coin controls the world.
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Thread is definitely not an oligarchy. I'd say I'm more of a malevolent (or is that benevolent?) monarch.
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Well, I didn't vote for you!
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Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
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Bloody peasants! Don't make me start up prima nocta again!
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Festina lente.
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Orincoro
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quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
thread is now oligarchy

That post is now an oligarchy.
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quote:
Originally posted by Orincoro:
quote:
Originally posted by Samprimary:
thread is now oligarchy

That post is now an oligarchy.
this reply is now a nested quoteigarchy
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This word is "oligarchy."
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Orincoro
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O is for Oligarchy, and that's good enough for a small number of people with all the power.
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My butt is an oligarchy.
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You've got a bad case of hemigarchy.
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your moms an oligarchy
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Your mom goes to college!
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