Sunday, December 4, 2011

Quotation Of The Day: American Oligarchy Edition

From this Emil Kramer post discussing Occupy Wall Street at Front Porch Republic
In America we currently have a population of over three-hundred and twelve million people, ruled by five-hundred and thirty six elected individuals (four-hundred and thirty-four in the House, one-hundred in the Senate, and a vice-president and a president).  That means that our “rulers” represent just a little over two ten-thousandths of one percent of our population.  To put the situation in more understandable  terms, America is well over two-thousand times more oligarchic than Sparta was.
I know the U.S. is a republic not a democracy, but being less democratic than ancient Sparta does not really speak well for a nation.

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