Who is the King of the U.S.A.?

 

Oh say can you see, --- that you are an oligarchy?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-14SllPPLxY

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzQYA9Qjsi0

 

I assume here that most Americans are bright enough to know that they live in an oligarchy and not a democracy.

 

Do you believe that redistribution of wealth from the top to the bottom of the U.S. socio economic demographic pyramid is a good idea or a bad idea?

 

Do you think the American oligarchy can be turned back into a real democracy where the poor are considered instead of ignored, if not abused?

 

Poverty is the worst form of Violence. Mahatma Gandhi

 

Do you think that we can persuade our owners to stop their violence against the poor?

 

Which of our oligarchs would you say is the King of the U.S.A.

 

Should the U.S. government find its balls and ask its King to stop abusing the poor?

 

Regards

DL

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The U.S. is an oligarchy, but I would categorize it as an open, occasionally disrupted, oligarchy. I would also assert that there is no King of America, nor Star Council, nor Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or any other fantastic fictional hand that pulls the levers. 

You know who would never be considered for an oligarch position? A door to door salesman of insurance and investment products. Yet there is Warren Buffet and the neighborhood of Nebraska multimillionaires he created by pooling their meager resources together.

Another non-starter would be the bright kid from a small western town that sold equipment to a really small subsection of people that allowed you to steal telephone service from one of the biggest monopolies in the world at the time. But yet we have Bill Gates. Yes his parents were bankers, but truly small potatoes in the grand scheme of things.

I could go on and on, covering every spectrum of society. We could attribute the oligarchy to old money, but take a look at history of places like Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Istanbul, or eastern dynasties. They all had old money yet here they are, former masters now meaning nothing or less than nothing to the average person.

We could point fingers at the dark economy, Mafia, Yakuza, etc. Bet even those organizations have restrictions. I'll fit politicians into this paragraph, who are a different form of gangster/benefactor. However they are creatures of their circumstances, and the opening of media is sorting out many things that have gone long undone.

Don't get me wrong, every one of the current and former oligarchs have and had the ability to mess with individuals, even cities and countries. But especially today, they do so at their own risk, and they generally have more to lose than those they might persecute.

One need look no further than the current political climate to determine that if even the top politicians want to do something significant, they have to work directly with adversaries.

So, onto your questions, sorry for being so long. 

Redistribution of wealth:

This is a distraction from the real problem. The real problem has been that any businessperson that is in charge of a moneymaking activity has had to face the fact that something made in the U.S. for $50 could be made overseas for less than $3.00. The best minds would realize that money spent in the U.S. was money thrown to the wind. When you talk about production of thousands, tens of thousands and then even millions and billions of items, multiplied by that sort of difference, the choice to make something here is not a choice.

Automation is changing that game. For the first time in decades there are factories closing overseas with production moving to the U.S. It is an almost strictly economic decision. When labor costs are high, and you have to hire hundreds of workers to make 10,000 widgets, go make them overseas. When labor costs are high, but you only have to hire 5 guys to make the 10,000 widgets, make them as close to the market as you can allow.

I know of two companies who have done this and are making waves in the business world ADS Tigre, and Mansfield Plumbing Fixtures. They both had all or most of their manufacturing overseas and moved the production back here when they could do it with a smaller labor force.

When this cycle of automation finishes, There should be many more jobs here in the U.S. with more money staying here and cycling in the economy. And more than likely a catastrophic reversal of China's fortunes. 

Can it be turned back into a real democracy?

I doubt it. Those who are not power mongers for the most part don't want to use power. Those who do, do it with gusto. I don't think that will ever change.

Do you think that we can persuade our owners to stop their violence against the poor?

We are not owned, we are controlled to a great extent. Even the poor are not owned. However the outlooks for the poor are better than ever for many different reasons.

Thanks for reading this far. I spewed a bit.

Capitalism castrated the U.S. government back when Dorothy was leaving Kansas via a swirling shanty. Mindless consumerism ensures the oligarchy is good to go for the foreseeable future. Corporate America has it's chattel, I mean, customers, right where it wants them. We seem to be our own worst enemy.

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