Princeton Study Says U.S. Is No Longer An Actual Democracy

Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Corruption, Government with 78 Comments
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By M. David and Reagan Ali | Countercurrentnews.com

A groundbreaking study from Princeton University is causing a lot of controversy, but its findings are undeniable.

The university study explain that U.S. democracy is pure fiction. That is, the researchers explain, it simply does not exist.


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The scholars behind the study asked the question: “[w]ho really rules?”

Researchers Martin Gilens along with Benjamin I. Page concluded that over the past few decades in particular, the U.S. political system has gradually changed in a way that has warped the Democratic Republic into a nearly pure oligarchy, where the elite 1% rule with almost total influence and control over the government and even police state apparatus.

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The researchers drew data from over 1,800 different policy initiatives dating from 1981 to 2002. They concluded that wealthy, well-connected families are the ones who steer the direction of nearly everything politically in the United States.

“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” they explain, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”

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  1. 10208442775572682@facebook.com' Richard Dümpel says:

    NEVER WILL NEVER WAS ..All is for sale and the truth has MANY FACES Not very democratic

  2. 10156394237595385@facebook.com' Debra Arck Caunt says:

    True.

  3. 10152880518491256@facebook.com' Sarabella Gignac says:

    Stolen Power … We are a Republic not a Democracy … I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
    and to the Republic for which it stands,
    one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” https://www.1215.org/lawnotes/lawnotes/repvsdem.htm

  4. 10101973351275088@facebook.com' Mark Treat says:

    We are a Republic. Have you forgotten?

  5. 10153633056434066@facebook.com' Dennis Baptista says:

    It’s been an Oligarchy for a long time.

  6. 10206733050259767@facebook.com' Jacqui Bonnel says:

    We are not a democracy people….
    We are a constitutional republic…
    Obama, democrats republicans…..
    There are 545 people that actually run our government…those people are directly responsible for ALL laws, not us not Obama not one party…
    If there is division within our country it is because they want it..
    If we are at war it’s because they want it..
    If we are face with unemployment it’s because they want it…
    If young black males are treated poorly…it’s because they want it…
    If we run out of federal benefit (what we used to call social security) it’s because they want it…
    If our earth is dying from our waste products it’s because they want it..
    If the USA is losing its middle class, it’s because they want it…
    Any “issues” present in our country it’s because they want it…
    Y’all think Obama did this wonderful job and McCain would of done a horrid job…
    Neither of which actually run our country, decide our laws (and who must follow those laws) and the punishments attached to those laws…
    They do….
    So while we all argue over rep vs dem….they sit back quietly voting to steal our federal benefit, deploy our young men to “conflicts” , as well as declare war, decide our (failing) budgets, allot our states money ( or not), dictate the guidelines for our emergency services – who what when where and for how long ( geez anyone see Detroit New Orleans recently? And those are the only ones I have seen)
    So while you praise or argue over Obama, the recent figure head that they use to distract us while they allow their own raises, take bribes, bargain away our values, make themselves immune from the laws they created, freely break those same laws, allow our corporations to pollute our common earth, sell out our farm land to pollute our water,

    EVERY SINGLE ISSUE THAT WE FACE TODAY IS SOLELY ON THOSE 545 PEOPLE SHOULDERS REGARDLESS OF PARTY…

    If y’all really truly want your government to represent you and your ideals…
    Just stop fighting over what party is right and start calling your representatives your congress man/woman, your council members…
    THEY ARE THE PROBLEM…
    There no term limits so their horrendous laws with those quiet deadly riders tuck away in them, their flawed policies, their corporate bribes never end regardless of the the recent figure head…

    USA.gov (.gov) › elected-officials

    Look them up call write and generally pester them to follow the people’s wishes…
    It’s takes more than many thousands of calls email letters to force them to take actions

    DO SOMETHING

  7. 1010953565627613@facebook.com' Nhleks Momentuum says:

    well in any state, if the people truly feel the liberty to be as a citizen, then there is no -cracy to dictate the philosophies or zeitgeist upon which that state is built. Because it would simply be true and transparent governance, where the people are participants of political processes and not proponents and politicians front-runners of that truth and not systemic elements. The only un-rubbished name for a state like that is Heaven, as it is in Heaven so be it on Earth, look at parliaments, policies and constitutions; for centuries if not epochs, that has been the pursuit.

    • 575612295926961@facebook.com' Chris Borowski says:

      Good luck with that.

    • 1010953565627613@facebook.com' Nhleks Momentuum says:

      Lol. Gladly it has never been one man’s job, it so happens that one day a farmer decided that a special sheep should lead the herd because making all of them equal meant the farmer didn’t matter and lost ‘control’ of his herd. So controlling one sheep to lead the others was a more effective job. I don’t think the guys high up don’t know what’s right or what to do, the thing is will they?

  8. 575612295926961@facebook.com' Chris Borowski says:

    Hell No!

  9. 493860864098973@facebook.com' Robin Cameron says:

    No. The US is (effectively) an Oligarchy, not a Democracy. Far too much money in politics, far too much corrupt money in politics. Even the judiciary is corrupted.

  10. 541657005988887@facebook.com' Carolyn Dillon Dover says:

    Rumpeel SpacePirate

  11. 1105481729463258@facebook.com' Ione Jenson says:

    I believe this study is true. I once had a state senator tell me that she felt democracy was a wonderful idea that had never fully been tried.

  12. 10208519185963769@facebook.com' Amber Ashe says:

    If they recited our Pledge of Allegiance they would know that we never were.

  13. 1552212215101489@facebook.com' Alex Gomalsky says:

    No

  14. 10152919392726792@facebook.com' Philip Horgan Jnr says:

    No place in the world is a democracy. I live in Europe which claims to be a democracy too but it is more of a dictatorship. The last EU commissioner even stated that to be true. And the country i live in inside Europe is Ireland another place that is no democracy. So you see democracy’s just don’t exist.

    • 893698940717013@facebook.com' Cliff Carter says:

      Me too. Third world dictatorship with gophers & placemen scamming and raping the Irish people on behalf of the banksters. These traitors should receive the traditional penalty for treason

  15. 1201739329841739@facebook.com' Janet Sponholtz says:

    Well duh! Can we say “oligarchy”?

  16. 1475561299425345@facebook.com' Brian Brady says:

    Who the hell still believes it is?

  17. 519974648151176@facebook.com' John Wayne says:

    The Name of the Game is DIVIDE and CONTROL of We the SLAVES. U.S. Marine Major General S. Butler was the First to Warn America. “The Business Plot.”

  18. 158605891166156@facebook.com' Charanjeet Singh says:

    No.

  19. 10208663128638604@facebook.com' Anita B. Guevara says:

    It’s not supposed to be a democracy! It’s supposed to be a republic ! Get it straight!

  20. 10153479503569830@facebook.com' Shelomech Pinnock says:

    Sad but true

  21. 10207274716499648@facebook.com' Cindy Rahn says:

    If we were a democracy my vote would count.

  22. 10204461339488502@facebook.com' Thomas Comeau Hawkes says:

    US is a Cleptocracy. And proud of it!

  23. 10205804286048155@facebook.com' Tammy Harmes-Alvord says:

    It never was a democracy! It is supposed to be a republic. But is really just a dictatorship.

  24. 10207440134784189@facebook.com' Shannon McCall Pendergrass says:

    Duh…A documentary called “America the Great Experiment” said that YEARS ago.
    The surprise is that it took the “geniouses” at Princeton this long to catch on. Says so much for higher education.

  25. 10206883484863926@facebook.com' Kym Berner says:

    Did they continue with research from 2003-2016? Yeah I thought so….

  26. 10155924829940346@facebook.com' Spencer James Smith says:

    haha no longer? hasnt been for a long time.

  27. 1539076509715745@facebook.com' Ivak Rodriguez says:

    We live in a global monarchy. Our king (and true religion)….is money.

  28. 1681445665467561@facebook.com' Paul Lawrence says:

    I think Oligarchy is the word

  29. 10204998919631949@facebook.com' Delis Alms says:

    Actually the US is a republic.

  30. 135191516858666@facebook.com' Onawa Munira says:

    The passing of the TPP was the end of any trace of democracy we had left. We are officially an oligarchy

  31. 1117290078290983@facebook.com' Michael Brightwood says:

    No. It’s a corporatocracy, an oligarchy. The reason people the the government is it’s not the people’s government. Just look at the vote to NOT audit the Federal Reserve.

  32. 10205736225381004@facebook.com' Dwayne Robbie says:

    A true democracy respects and acknowledges the value of every single citizen. I know of no democracy on earth. Yet.

  33. 10153746655114734@facebook.com' Fahdi Moore says:

    Josetta Smith

  34. 1100063353359654@facebook.com' Rue Dixon says:

    Robert what do you think?

  35. 1068483829842891@facebook.com' Nathan Dunning says:

    Tyrants! The world is losing its grip

  36. 10205654959990260@facebook.com' Vance Blakely says:

    Look at the Constitution! It is a Republic. The idiot politicians call it a democracy which should tell you the have no business being in office.

  37. 905516402850367@facebook.com' Susan Richards says:

    That’s because we are a REPUBLIC

  38. 949274358486220@facebook.com' Steve Gar says:

    That’s obvious, unless you actually think your vote really counts.

  39. 574355119397069@facebook.com' Barbara Skerik says:

    It’s a republic, you know, the Pledge of Alleigance? We have a democratic voting system……

  40. 144099595947164@facebook.com' Daniel Cox says:

    America is a Fascist country.

  41. 985595298180309@facebook.com' Joe Tobia says:

    it never was….it’s a democratic republic!

  42. 1110977025588749@facebook.com' Tony Arnold says:

    Hasn’t been one in my life time. Not even this or the last century. We have the “richest familes” of the world to thank for that.

  43. 10156461444315352@facebook.com' Sammy Antonio Rustom says:

    oh please

  44. 1007230965976112@facebook.com' John Wiede says:

    denocracy is a theory,-its not workable in practice

  45. 10153892743529204@facebook.com' Charles David Haggard says:

    It never was a Democracy you fucking retards. Constitutional Republic. Huge difference.

  46. 1531990243794866@facebook.com' Nur Abdullah Emam says:

    It’s never been

  47. 1063565703696291@facebook.com' Jeff Andrews says:

    well America is the biggest best most financed ..ah nut factory

  48. 10153976360310992@facebook.com' Robert Dewayne Ennis says:

    No place in the world is anything until we remove Admirality law (British Maritime Law)….. Don’t expect anything fair to you, or your children with this in place

  49. 1102566013109889@facebook.com' Marilynn Buswell says:

    I believe their study is correct.

  50. 1974196992805778@facebook.com' Carollyn Bratcher says:

    Duh, something has been wrong for a long time! look around

  51. 1974196992805778@facebook.com' Carollyn Bratcher says:
  52. 10153976360310992@facebook.com' Robert Dewayne Ennis says:

    ALL a big magic show that your parents didn’t know about….. but now, you know.

  53. 10153478683270762@facebook.com' Dave Marriott says:

    i could have told you that 12 years ago..

  54. 840854039358014@facebook.com' Sergio Lorenz says:

    Where is the study?

  55. 1111589768851821@facebook.com' Andrew Bestwick says:

    We are just spoon fed two establishment candidates every election cycle. Obama was supposed to stand for change but continued the Bush wars and even expanded the war theater in the Middle East. Politicians are corrupt, the national media is reporting what the State Department tells them to. I don’t know what is true or false anymore. The most honest reporting of U.S. news is coming from RT and China but of course one can’t believe anything they report about themselves. What is a man to do??

  56. 1712850102264440@facebook.com' Manuel Acevedo says:

    You don’t have to go to Princeton to come to that conclusion. Money and time wasted on that study.

  57. 10205305111483676@facebook.com' Victoria Reble says:

    We were never a democracy. We are a Republic under the rule of law. Democracy is an ugly ass word for those who know what it is, and it certainly has no place in this country. Besides…we are now a Corporatocracy….

  58. 10156380036080612@facebook.com' Genevieve Spaulding says:

    I thought we were a Constitutional Republic.

  59. 524066257759022@facebook.com' Kevin Hill says:

    The government doesn’t care about it’s people or listen to their people. I really think we should step up and make those assholes listen.

  60. 10208172875309192@facebook.com' Wojtek Lagodzki Soulsteela says:

    There’s no democracy in the whole planet.

  61. 1005558456167484@facebook.com' Victoria Fitch says:

    Nope!

  62. 893698940717013@facebook.com' Cliff Carter says:

    It never was a ‘democracy’ it was a constitutional republic. What they should have said is that it is no longer a constitutional republic.

  63. 1326923890666427@facebook.com' Genna Oftg says:

    Democracy is history’s biggest lie. It’s greed that rules this world

  64. 10203472550574550@facebook.com' Barry Lyndon says:

    Yes its called MOB-O-CRACY desguised as demon-cracy a banksters dream of untold riches

  65. 476641519185585@facebook.com' Megan Jenkins says:

    Tellin the truth… They’re gonna learn today..

  66. 10207650170484166@facebook.com' Trudy Kalucea says:

    Vicki Covert here is the study

  67. 10207578964450355@facebook.com' Allan Harm says:

    Corporate America or Fascist America:

    “Syndicalism is a type of proposed economic system, a form of socialism, considered a replacement for capitalism. It suggests that industries be organized into confederations or syndicates. It is a system of economic organization in which industries are owned and managed by the workers.”

    If you have this definition in mind and would compare it to how the Obama administration have moved ahead it is clear (at least to me) that this is all the evidence you will need to understand the reasons behind the policies of the current crypto-fascist administration.

    Benito Mussolini, the father of the Italian Fascism, adopted the Fascist Manifesto – Fasci Italiani di Combattimento (“Italian League of Combat”), which was originally introduced in Milan 1919. The Manifesto was written by national syndicalist Alceste De Ambris and Futurist movement leader Filippo Tommaso Marinetti.

    Please read below just a few select points of the Fascist Manifesto and compare it to the acts of the current administration it might give you a hint as to where this is going:

    1. A strong progressive tax on capital (envisaging a “partial expropriation” of concentrated wealth);
    2. The seizure of all the possessions of the religious congregations and the abolition of all the bishoprics,which constitute an enormous liability on the Nation and on the privileges of the poor;
    3. Revision of all contracts for military provisions;
    4. The revision of all military contracts and the seizure of 85 percent of the profits therein.
    5. The formation of a national council of experts for labour, for industry, for transportation, for the public health, for communications, etc. Selections to be made of professionals or of tradesmen with legislative powers, and elected directly to a general commission with ministerial powers.
    6. A minimum wage
    7. Revision of the draft law on invalidity insurance;

    The main point of Fascism is to promote a Franchise reform, Labour reform, Nationalization, Taxes on wealth and war profits, Economic controls for the sake of national interests, etc.

  68. 1136603339683796@facebook.com' Yvonne Ruiz says:

    There is no real democracy, because you have been lied to since you were born. 95% of everything you were brought up to believe in is all bullshit!!! We are living in a matrix. Neil deGrasse Tyson – Astrophysicist NOVA progams

  69. 1136603339683796@facebook.com' Yvonne Ruiz says:

    ….says that the more they delve into string theory, the more it’s resembling computer code. Everything exists at different frequency and can be measured at frequency wave lengths. The Cosmology of the Omniverse is at our hands. Our Galactic history will be known and we will know the “TRUTH”, don’t be one of those…who are too stuck in the DOGMA, Wake up!!! Listen to your heart!!!

  70. 10153856473549919@facebook.com' Linda Craik says:

    This is not new. I have heard this before. No country is really a democracy.

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