NEO – USA has become Oligarchy – Not a Democracy


Princeton makes it official — US has become Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

… by  F. William Engdahl,     …with  New Eastern Outlook,  Moscow


The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

The seven golden domes of St. Petersburg

[ Editor’s noteWilliam Engdahl brings us an early Christmas present, not one that was on any of our lists, but a gift none the less from him and his alma mater Princeton.

It seems Princeton has put the academic kibosh on the notion that we have any real democracy left in this country, only what has not been taken from us yet, to keep us in the game.

I had not known that William had been to Princeton. I certainly never made Ivy League but was fortunate like he was to have a mother who wanted the best education possible for her kids.

Out of the blue, she pulled me out of high school and into a local Ivy League prep school with kids with names like Ford, Bordens, and European aristocrats that I can’t even remember now.

The tuition was kept low for the 15 or so day-students, so we dipped into my college savings fund, which had been building since I began working when I was ten. She had matched what I had put in with a blank check promise to come up with whatever was needed if I pulled the grades.

I was able to tough out the challenging Jr. high year of adjustment, which included six school days each week and three major sports. And yes, I continued working in a New England inn as a dish and pot washer three nights a week, something which no one had ever done before, as it was not considered possible to do both and keep up.

The day we all remember, almost like JFK

The day we all remember, almost like JFK

But fortune smiled and got a scholarship for my senior year and life was changed forever.

That was the peak of the Vietnam years, my brother pulling night ambush patrols in the Delta, and would end up in Arlington Cemetery when he was 54.

It was the time of lottery numbers, the Cambodian invasion, Kent State, and everyone sent home from college with B grades but me.

I had dropped out with a medical withdrawal from a bad car wreck a few weeks before. When I later tried to get retroactively included, they told me "tough doo doo”.

And so this Princeton study gives us the "tough doo” news, but sadly limited to the political realm of oligarch power. Left out was anything about the kleptocracy, the wars and the rise of the New World Odor. But I guess that grant was not that big, as that is a lot to coverJim W. Dean ]



–  First published  …  November 11, 2014  –


Engdahl protesterAmerican media is fond of speaking about “Russian Oligarchs” as if Russia were the only nation that allowed accumulation of such unprecedented wealth.

The Yeltsin days of dis-order and collapse indeed saw the rapid rise of many fortunes and oligarchs — persons of very much wealth. Some of them have proven patriotic citizens, some like Khodokorvsky or the late unlamented Boris Berezhovsky proved to be loveless gangsters.

A new study, however by a Princeton University Professor of the influence of very wealthy or economically powerful persons on American political policies makes clear for the first time that a genuine American Oligarchy has staged a slow coup d’état over US foreign and domestic policy over the past three decades since the era of Ronald Reagan. This American oligarchy today is the major force for war and dis-order across the planet.

I completed by undergraduate university studies in one of America’s most elite universities, Princeton. It was during the early 1960’s and classmates came from elite preparatory private schools like Andover or Exeter. Classmates with names like Firestone or Prince Faisal were attending.

Then tuition cost $650 a year, the price I paid for my used 1956 Chevy. I was only able to pay that because I was awarded a full university scholarship, raised by a working mother with modest income.

Today tuition for one year at Princeton costs $41,820. Princeton speaks of money and elite families. So I noted with great interest a new study published by two Princeton professors on wealth in America since 1981.

Princeton professor and author, Martin Gilens

Princeton professor and author, Martin Gilens

Martin Gilens is Professor of Politics at Princeton University together with Benjamin I. Page, Professor at Northwestern University, have published results of a unique analysis “using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues.”

The study concludes that, “Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of EconomicElite Domination…”

Their study further concluded,

“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.”

Finally they conclude,

“…Our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organizations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”

Benjamin I. Page, Professor at Northwestern

Benjamin I. Page, Professor at Northwestern

In a subsequent media interview, Gilens noted what they concluded in their analysis of volumes of data from 1981-2002 for government policy decisions and the role of elites versus ordinary citizens in some 1,800 different policy initiatives:

“One central factor is the role of money in our political system, and the overwhelming role that affluent individuals that affluent individuals and organized interests play, in campaign finance and in lobbying.

And the second thing is the lack of mass organizations that represent and facilitate the voice of ordinary citizens. Part of that would be the decline of unions in the country which has been quite dramatic over the last 30 or 40 years. And part of it is the lack of a socialist or a worker’s party.”

The study verifies with ample empirical data what I have witnessed during the course of my own life as an American over the past four decades. There has been a silent coup d’etat of the monied class, an American oligarchy.

John Rarick on Council on Foreign Relations

John Rarick on Council on Foreign Relations

Names such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, David Rockefeller, Sheldon Adelson (main financier of Mitt Romney for President), the Koch Brothers (main financiers of the Tea Party political movement), George H.W. Bush and family.

The top 1% have reshaped the fundamentals of American life, culture and above all politics. A decision to wage war today against Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria depends not on the will of average Americans.

Obama was elected on a pledge to close the US Army torture center at Guantanamo and six years on has yet to do. He won a Nobel Peace Prize in his first month and proceeded to wage more war in Afghanistan, Egypt, Libya and most recently Syria and Ukraine.

It is important to have this in mind when judging “America.” The United States of America today bears little resemblance to that I knew when I grew up in the early 1960’s, when a used good Chevy cost $650 and college tuition could be afforded by ordinary Americans if they were willing to study.

The oligarchy that has taken policy control behind a thin façade of “democracy” has ultimately ruined the industrial and social fabric of the United States.

They are the ones behind the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or bank deregulation so they can loot the planet. This new study by Princeton’s Prof. Gilens is a refreshing attempt, even if academic and from one of the most elite academic universities, to shed some light on what is fundamentally wrong with America over the past three decades.

F. William Engdahl is a strategic risk consultant and lecturer, holding a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

Editing:  Jim W. Dean  and  Erica P. Wissinger




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20 Responses to "NEO – USA has become Oligarchy – Not a Democracy"

  1. 60sstreetpunk  November 17, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    So dirtus napus- I guess what that man meant when he said “what are you going to do with information” means these people don’t give a damn about what you know and can deduce by using your probing mind but it comes down to practical stuff like OK so you know what is corrupt and will start a war but so what.
    I guess they are pragmatic- they operate like animals with instincts but they are not concerned about spirit and what is right or wrong.
    Maybe I have it all wrong?

  2. Simpleton  November 15, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Google “sum dum(b) goy” – they have been ridiculing us publicly as far back as 1986 ! Privately it started with the murder of the Son of Man, but ,right now geller and bloomberg have found a new way to keep the rednecked hillybillys unaware, they are incessantly pointing a fingers at the lowly kebab shop/7-11 muzzies and winding us up against them.

  3. dirtus napus  November 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I once told a think tank member something very sinister, a ‘truth’ I’m sure he had never heard of or even imagined that was positively true. He was a very, very smart man. His response, and I think you’ll feel just like I did, is this “I guess the question is, what are you going to do with that information?”

    Ultimately, it was worth breaking rank sharing that secret…..for me.

  4. Tiu  November 15, 2014 at 2:14 am

    It might be a little off-topic, but is it worth updating and/or republishing on VT your article on peak oil and the origins of “fossil” fuel?
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  5. moneytalks  November 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    “” yet they keep on winning. why do they keep on winning? it just has to be something else much more sinister than we realize,””

    The ziojews have been working on their takeover since at least the 1913 Fed Reserve Act . You cannot rule the world unless you control the global money supplies . The Jewish World Order — aka NWO — has been on the books for at least 100 years ; and I , as well as many others , never heard of it until a few years ago when we got on the internet and stumbled over it . We are gaining on the [ satanists ] and once you realize how sinister they are you will understand why they are trying hard to get censorship control of internet content such as truthsites like this one VT . The majority of sheeple are under a CMMM semi-hypnotic spell maintained 24/7 by the satanic jews and their allies or sycophants . Do not expect much help from those who have already been totally captured by the enemy .

  6. Cold Wind  November 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    If you’re going to live in the Unites States, it’s best to be an oligarch. Otherwise, seek your fortunes with Blackwater, or is it Academi now?

  7. 60sstreetpunk  November 14, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    mary and David Odell- you sure are right but it is good to hear it from the academic people- must be nice to wear neat clothes and be in an environment like Princeton. But at least we can hear how our world has turned out from the lips and pens of those Ivy Leaguers. At least the Princetonians know they would have never gone near Iraq in 2003.
    We have many voices out there- Mearshimer, Walt, Engdahl, and hundreds of others but the 90 percent of the US population only learns from what they hear and see on the TV and from what they read in the major newspapers and 98 percent of the papers are owned by Zionists.
    So what does this mean Bill Engdahl? Tese academics can write their books but NOTHING CHANGES. Call it our oligarchy but they seem to get their way- they got us in wars. They send corporations overseas. They will find many more ways to get my people killed in more wars and other dangerous situations.
    By the way, winter is here, and in this area the peasants will be using their kerosene heaters to keep warm. Whatever effects kerosene has on the lungs or brain, it does not matter. People just don’t have the money to afford fuel oil and decent heating systems.
    Of course these elites like Hilary Clinton will stay very warm and comfortable this winter They have no consciences nor do they believe in any God or heaven or hell, and if millions more of us peasants die, they will see it as good for population control just as I was told when I was a Marine in 69.

    • David Odell  November 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

      It is only good to hear “it from Princeton” if you venerate elitist academia. The ivy league trains and supports the Oligarchy as much or more than any other organized set of people. It only requires a dictionary and simple observation to know it has been an Oligarchy for decades. If the ivy league wants to be constructive and show loyalty to the common man, they would have publicly condemned the 9/11 investigation and findings by now. Harvard and Princeton are littered with Lawyers. Further, they accept public monies for research which may or may not produce “good” things which are hoarded, not released.

    • David Odell  November 16, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Tradition is useful in stabilizing a benevolent system or set of ideals. Tradition is malevolent if stabilizing a corrupt system and becomes a tool of destruction against the people. Think of how much money goes into the training of engineers in all these ‘schools”… and the common man buys cars with brake lines that rot within a few years in the northeast. That is your product. Academia does not encourage invention, but intervention is the most visible product. Mendeleev got the periodic table from a dream, not study. Stagnation and proven failure is what we have in academia.

    • moneytalks  November 18, 2014 at 1:07 am

      “” The ivy league trains and supports the Oligarchy as much or more than any other organized set of people.””

      Good point . Worth repeating .

  8. mary  November 14, 2014 at 6:08 am

    yes, they don’t mention who is really in charge, It takes college professors to figure some of it out? really? seems to me, a lot of people have figured it out, minus a college education. I have looked into the archons, it does appear something of a much evil presence is the cause. even though people do not want to accept it, if it is not a presence that is not human, as we know it, what can it be? the unfairness, (too simple of a word for the mess of the world) is so obvious, yet they keep on winning. why do they keep on winning? it just has to be something else much more sinister than we realize, and maybe that is how they win, most comments on alien races are the “oh yeah little green men” ..but they sure have convinced people that if you believe in other races, other than human, you are then continue to deceive. They keep winning, and laugh at the demonstrators, because if you don’t understand what is really going on, you will continue to keep voting, playing their no-win situation game…oh well, just my thoughts,

  9. David Odell  November 14, 2014 at 5:49 am

    From the link “Fascism, now and always, believes in holiness and in heroism; that is to say, in actions influenced by no economic motive, direct or indirect.”…. so I think Oligarchy is the proper term, the many people in position of power are working from an economic advantage such that they can trade in the markets with information unavailable to the public. The families entrench themselves and seek out places they are likely to be elected, case in point, Hillary came to NY to be elected as a senator,..the parties work as a collective to maintain wealth and power within a group. Common man is a commodity.

  10. John Kirby  November 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    The Professors don’t seem to have the courage to identify the most influential and organized group of oligarchs, the Israel/Jewish Lobby.

    Meirsheimer and Walt got it right. Jewsih Power is dominant in the media, finance and government

  11. Tiu  November 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    And they’re using their pet terrorists to turn gold and silver into terrorists currency. Who knows maybe its the excuse they’ll use to try to make gold illegal to own? …for the little people.
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  12. davor  November 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    It might have to do with the stolen education system. Tuition unaffordable for generations of people, and Bush’s over shadowing every democratic process available. Since American politicians are perceived unmistakeable, without sin, and impossible to end up at war crimes international courts, American elites are always one level above the law. And there are events like 9/11 that support the theory. How to brutally shut up the science departments at Princeton and elsewhere at similar institution that stand at core fundamental values of the American people.

  13. ProtectUSA1st  November 13, 2014 at 8:05 pm

     Those listed in the group are “American oligarchy,” but they Love USA & they are NOT Israeli-Americans.

     Sheldon Adelson on the other hand, is an Israeli-American Zionist, a Las Vegas & Macau, China Mafia & the #1 Enemy of USA, who tried to buy our Democracy by buying 12 Candidates in 2012, from the Presidency to Both Houses of Congress for Israel. Luckily, except for one, 11 of them lost.

  14. David Odell  November 13, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Um, another gross example of showing up late by academia. What princeton should do is release the information they have that would benefit the common man. The average intelligence human did not need this pronouncement as the obvious need not be overstated. Does this make it official ? No, there are myriads of events that solidified the proper term of Oligarchy. The myopia of academia no longer produces according to its cost. Prestige does not indicate production. Release it hoarders.

  15. zen master  November 13, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I think everyone’s beginning to notice the stink of the New World Odour.

  16. onecansay  November 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    You know. With all the FF’s and such, the posted picture concerning this article has always given one great consternation.

    FF’s have been used since time immemorial.

    Actors and dummies are routine.

    Wake up You Old Ones from the sixties.

  17. jake gittes  November 13, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    “This new study by Princeton’s Prof. Gilens is a refreshing attempt, even if academic and from one of the most elite academic universities, to shed some light on what is fundamentally wrong with America over the past three decades.”

    Hell, the little old lady in the wheel chair knows this. What would be refreshing would be if Gilens and Page presented a study on how to end it.

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