Saturday, August 6, 2016

Oligarchy or Hegemon?

Jimmy Carter is my favorite president during my lifetime, for these accomplishments: deregulation of trucking, airlines, beer, telecom, broadcasting and lite dereg of finance (which got abused...) not to mention revert the Panama Canal and work on a peace treaty that sadly got Sadat killed.

No Carter, no good beer.

It takes time for these improvements to take hold, so Reagan reaped the benefits of Carter's work.

Not Kennedy?  No, he got taken too soon, and was too corrupt.  Shouldn't cheat on his wife.

Now Carter says:
In 2014, researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities caused a minor uproar after they concluded the U.S, was not a democracy as is commonly assumed but, in fact, an oligarchy as Carter has now suggested. "The preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically nonsignificant impact upon public policy," Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page wrote in their analysis.
Oligarchy?  I call it the Hegemon.

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