oligarchy




Edward Martin and Mateo Pimentel write at CounterPunch: As a justifiable reaction to the problem of oligarchy in organizations and liberal democratic institutions, some theorists and activists have identified alternative political arrangements…




From Dictatorship to Democracy Last night, whilst watching TV, a very interesting documentary was on, called How to Start a Revolution. I had never heard of the book “From Dictatorship to Democracy” before,…


Via The Guardian: Report by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities suggests that US political system serves special interest organisations, instead of voters. The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s…




David Rosen writes at CounterPunch: Oligarchy is defined as “government by the few” and came into English use around 1570.  The term derives from two Greek words: oligos meaning “few” and arch…






Via Al Jazeera:

Valery Morozov, a successful Russian businessman has been granted political asylum in Britain after exposing an alleged corruption scandal involving officials and police in Russia. Hoping to build a hotel in time for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, he says he paid about $10.5m in bribes to keep the contract from a competitor with close ties to the government, contributing to an estimated $300bn in bribes paid by Russians every year, according to the anti-corruption organisation Transparency International.


John Stoehr writes on Al Jazeera: In the US, the dominant political discourse consists of ideas put forth by the ruling class. Karl Marx never visited the United States, but he nevertheless…