American and Canadian Oligarchy: We have never had democracy

Craig Proulx

I have been saying the same thing for ages. But don’t kid yourself Canada we have the same problem. Look at which families, there are about 25 or so, that own everything, our food, resources, media etc. Most of them have married into political families for example the Chretiens, Martins, Mulroneys to name but three. All of these families are interconnected through business and marriage. All of them have huge influence on policy through the the Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) and have massive structural power over politicians through threatening to move their money and business elsewhere creating unemployment etc. Canada has never been a democracy it has always been an oligarchy. We simply deceive ourselves every election when we trade responsibility for the polling booth.

We hear that there’s a civil war in the Republican Party between its Tea Party and establishment factions. But the reality is there is no longer a Republican Party, and the real war is between the oligarchs (the Koch brothers and a handful of other right-wing billionaires) and the plutocrats (corporate and Wall Street executives). The oligarchs are now finding and funding extremist candidates in 2014 Republican primaries to oppose Republican incumbents who voted in favor of reopening the government and raising the debt ceiling. The plutocrats are bankrolling those incumbents, as well as a few of their own candidates in Republican primaries to oppose incumbent extremists. So who will be the real winners in 2014 — the oligarchs or the plutocrats? And what will this mean for America?

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I am an anthropologist and Associate Professor who loves to play guitar and comment on social injustice in whatever form it may take
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