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Image,Russian TV: Selected questions and answers by the Russian President

- Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance on Thursday at Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual televised call-in with the nation. Snowden's appearance gave Putin the opportunity to defend Russian surveillance, implicitly gaining Snowden's approval. Considering the tightly controlled circumstances of the rogue agent's asylum in Russia, the appearance has been widely seen as a PR stunt. Read more »


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:54 pm 
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Study: US is an Oligarchy
By Gordon Haber, April 18, 2014


Image.Global Media Coverage: US is an Oligarchy


It’s official: America is run by corporations and rich people. Or so says a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities.

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And how did they prove that Joe Sex-Pack is getting the shaft? The authors looked at 1779 surveys on policy issues between 1981 and 2002. Using a “quadratic logistic regression technique,” whatever that is, the authors grouped the respondents by level of income—poor, median and relatively affluent. Their opinions were then compared to those of business groups (such as defense contractors and oil companies) and mass interest groups (like the NRA and the Teamsters).

The authors thus concluded that “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy.” No surprise there, right? But it is surprising to learn that, just like your average schmo, the interest groups “have little or no independent influence.”

Although the breathless headlines suggest otherwise, the authors never baldly state that the U.S. is run by an oligarchy. Instead they believe that the study supports the related theories of Economic Elite Domination, which means (obviously) that the rich folks run the show, and Biased Pluralism, wherein interest groups—especially business groups—have the most influence. Read more »


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:54 pm 
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Study: US is an Oligarchy
By Gordon Haber, April 18, 2014


Image.Global Media Coverage: US is an Oligarchy


It’s official: America is run by corporations and rich people. Or so says a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities.

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And how did they prove that Joe Sex-Pack is getting the shaft? The authors looked at 1779 surveys on policy issues between 1981 and 2002. Using a “quadratic logistic regression technique,” whatever that is, the authors grouped the respondents by level of income—poor, median and relatively affluent. Their opinions were then compared to those of business groups (such as defense contractors and oil companies) and mass interest groups (like the NRA and the Teamsters).

The authors thus concluded that “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy.” No surprise there, right? But it is surprising to learn that, just like your average schmo, the interest groups “have little or no independent influence.”

Although the breathless headlines suggest otherwise, the authors never baldly state that the U.S. is run by an oligarchy. Instead they believe that the study supports the related theories of Economic Elite Domination, which means (obviously) that the rich folks run the show, and Biased Pluralism, wherein interest groups—especially business groups—have the most influence. Read more »


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