The Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy and the end of the People’s Democracy in the United States

It will take only a few minutes to read this post and less than an hour to watch the five videos. The question is: If you’re an American, are you willing to give up that much time to learn about the threats against your democracy and the loss of the freedoms you take for granted? In fact, you don’t have to give up an entire hour in one sitting. You could read the Blog post and watch the first video, and then return to watch the second, etc., spread over several days.

“A new report shows that top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average US worker in 2013. At the same time, the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent while the richest one percent contributed half that rate at state and local levels. In this essay, Bill reflects on the forces that are causing inequality to skyrocket, why it matters and where we’re headed in the future.” (Moyers & Company)


2:57 minutes: a Bill Moyers Trailer


A 24:30 minute segment where Economist Paul Krugman explains how the United States is becoming an oligarchy – the very system our founders revolted against.

My Conclusion: The public schools are the canary in the coal mine. If the United States loses its public schools to corporations owned and controlled by billionaire oligarchs, then the United States will no longer be a democracy because Bill Gates, the Koch brothers, the Walton family, Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg, billionaire Hedge Fund CEOs, etc. will be the rulers of the United States and the other 99.9% will be their serfs and slaves.

Teachers and America’s public schools are under attack by the same billionaires mentioned in the previous paragraph and they already own the White House and President Obama.  They gained control of the White House under President G. W. Bush. This war against public education, labor unions, teachers and children started more than forty years ago and like a snowball rolling downhill has grown worse and more dangerous.

To learn more about this war on Public Education and the people’s democracy, I suggest you start by reading Diane Ravitch’s “Reign of Error” and then “The Bully Pulpit” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

If you’re not a reader or don’t have time to read those two books, then you might learn something from the next three videos.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran and English-journalism teacher.

His latest novel is the award winning Running with the Enemy that started life as a memoir and then became a fictional suspense thriller. Blamed for a crime he did not commit while serving in Vietnam, his country considers him a traitor. Ethan Card is a loyal U.S. Marine desperate to prove his innocence or he will never go home again.

And the woman he loves and wants to save was trained to hate and kill Americans.

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5 thoughts on “The Mad Dash Toward Oligarchy and the end of the People’s Democracy in the United States

  1. I think we have already lost. I wish I felt otherwise, but that’s the truth. I believe we’ve lost the battle to save the environment, handed over the country to bottom-line-driven corporate entities for whom we are nothing more than numbers. We don’t stand a chance. I’m glad I’m closer to the end of my life than the beginning. It is all too depressing.

    • I admit that my gut says the same thing, that we’ve already lost to the billionaires and the corrupt politicians who have sold out, but I refuse to give up the fight.

      And there are times that I think the same thing about being closer to the end of life than near the beginning. I feel sorry for the younger Americans who will have to live decades in an America ruled by billionaire oligarchs like the Koch brothers, the Walton family, Bill Gates Foundation, the fundamentalist Christian right, the neo-conservatives with their goal to remake the world through militaristic nation building, the neo-liberals with their goal to create 1984, etc.

      The United States is being carved up between these camps. I think one day, the US we know will shatter and become several banana republics ruled by one faction or another. It’s almost there.

  2. Lloyd — This is such an important alarm to sound, I just hope that a few who read it will act on that and share it everywhere. Americans have never before shown their willingness to be assigned a narrow slot of expectations for themselves and their children, but if they do nothing, serfdom is the destination. Thanks!

    • You welcome. Help spread the word. Last week, I talked to two people who worked in the bank where I bank and they had no idea about what was going on. A few months ago, Gallup or the Pew Center did a survey and the results revealed that this is moving so fast and has deliberately been kept under the radar, that 60% of Americans had no idea what Common Core was and those that had heard of it had no idea what was happening with it.

      This Common Core standards and the testing that goes with it being used to label teachers as failures and close schools so the kids can be turned over to corporations is like a dangerous cancer that hasn’t been discovered yet.

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