John Peeler: The only way our economy can produce equal opportunity for every person is through a systematic policy of redistributing wealth from the rich to the unrich. Our failure to do that in recent decades has put us on the road to plutocracy.
Plutocracy, a term that dates back to the 1600s, is used when referring to a system where the wealthy classes of a society rule. Unlike systems such as democracy,capitalism, socialism or anarchism, plutocracy is not rooted in an established political philosophy and has no formal advocates, except of course, those who are in power. The articles posted in this category address plutocracy in the United States.
Jerry Drucker: What started as Dirty Tricks had become outright lies, corruption, greed, obstruction and has currently turned into insanity with the most dysfunctional GOP Congress in our United States history.
Anthony Samad: The Republicans lost because they lost sight of the truth and their sense of true reality.
John MacMurrary: We still have gangsters like Sheldon Adelson, Bob Perry, and the Koch brothers working to steal our country. What we need is another Smedley Butler to stop them.
Mark Naison: In gentrifying cities like New York, Chicago, and Oakland , police harassment greets young people of color wherever they turn, from the schools they attend, to the neighborhoods they live in, to downtown business districts, to the public transportation systems they use.
Tom Degan: It must be a terribly frustrating thing to be Mitt Romney these days. Were he to be elected president (and that’s never gonna happen, I promise you) he would be an unerringly reliable water boy for the plutocracy.
Tom Degan: This week the spokespersons for the plutocracy have been predicting the end of the movement which is now engulfing the world. The joke’s on them.
Friday Feedback: To just hold signs and chant about being the 99% and it being so unfair may have reached the point of diminishing returns while the mercurial attention of the American media and public is turning to the next shiny object.
Tom Degan: It’s time to take sides, folks. You’re either going to be on the right side of history or you’re going to be left standing in the sewer.
Tom Degan: I’ve been saying for quite some time that the GOP is the party of the plutocracy, and that it has been hijacked by a cabal of white-collar criminals, half-wits and crazy people. I’m not giving away any state secrets here.
Tom Degan: When Hunter Thompson killed himself in the late winter of 2005, I could never bring myself to write about it. Although his greatest work was years behind him I couldn’t bring myself to accept the fact that he was gone forever.
Randy Shaw: The rise of community service (abetted by high school students desiring to boost their college applications) over the past two decades has not stopped dramatically increasing social and economic inequality and an increasing disbelief in once universally accepted scientific theories such as evolution.
David Swanson: How do you get politicians living off legalized bribery to criminalize bribery? How do you persuade the corporate media to report on the interests of flesh-and-blood, non-corporate people?