Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that '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.
The results of this study by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Bejamin Page of Northwest University (to be published in the Fall issue of Perspectives in Politics) provide, in the words of the authors, "substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination of US public policy." Or put more directly, the political system of the Western democracies that the US and its allies are so anxious to impose on the rest of the world, if necessary by force of arms, is a plutocracy clothed in the the trappings of democracy, which is to say a pseudodemocracy about which we have commented previously:
Who Rules?;But to note that Western democracy is an obvious and long-known fraud is not to belittle the value of scholarly verification of that fact. By putting the matter to empirical test, and coming up with conclusive statistical evidence that the influence of the average American on public policy is miniscule to near-zero, Gilens and Page have made it that much more difficult for the ruling elite to sneer off criticism of Western democracy as the driveling of paranoid conspiracy theorists. It also means that scholars who wish to teach the truth about the American political system can do so with less risk of expulsion from academia, since the reality is now a matter of academic record.
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