The Republican’s Brutal Oligarchy Plot Is Dangerous & Must Be Stopped Now

What’s More Important: Democracy or Great Wealth?

Thom Hartmann


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Some years ago, Trump economic adviser Stephen Moore (before he was Trump’s advisor) was a guest on my radio/TV program. I asked him, “Which is more important, democracy or capitalism?“

Without hesitation, he answered, “Capitalism.“

That philosophy (of capitalism being more important than “We the People” democracy), has held the Republican Party in its thrall for the past 40 years, and has brought America to a moment of great crisis and danger.

It has transformed America from a democracy to an oligarchy, and the point of no return is now visible.

The Demonizing of Government

Approval of government has recovered slightly since the election, but is still at an historic low because Americans feel that government generally isn’t working for them in the way that it once did in this country.

This disconnection of government from the people isn’t an accident; it was intentional. In the 40 years since the Reagan Revolution, the GOP and a meaningful chunk of the Democratic Party have made the transition from operating as agents of a functioning democracy into advocates for and agents of a full-blown oligarchy (“rule by and for the rich”).

Oligarchies, however, are inherently unstable forms of government because they transfer resources from working people to the oligarchs and average people, seeing that they’re constantly falling behind, first become cynical and disengage, and when things get bad enough they revolt.

That “revolution“ can either lead to the oligarchy failing and the nation flipping back to democracy, as happened here in the 1860s and the 1930s, or it can flip into full-blown strong-man tyranny, as happened in recently Hungary and Russia, and nearly happened here last month.

The good news is that we avoided Trump establishing a full-blown police state to enforce his oligarchy, and appear to be moving back towards something resembling democracy.

But we have a long way to go, and the outcome is still uncertain.



Thom Hartmann

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