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The American Oligarchy America The Pretense of Democracy The Aristotelian view of democracy showed democracy as a supreme state of being promoting equality more than anything It allowed every person to have as much say in a government as any other person and yet still allowed individuality to reign To follow this path of true democracy is to follow the path to a perfect country Yet America which prides itself on being a truly democratic nation is filled with corruption and extortion nothing like the Utopia Aristotle portrayed America is in the hands of a select few A tiny fraction of the population holds any real political power while the rest simply sit idly by This goes against the very principle of democracy Aristotle said of this Any one man of the many may be inferior to a man of excellence but the city-state is made up of many men Just as a meal done by many is better than a single and simple one for this reason a mass ochlos can judge many things better than any one man In addition that which is many is less likely to be corrupted So although an individuals judgment can be corrupted when he is overcome by anger or some other emotion it is difficult for all to become angry and make erroneous judgments simultaneously If all the men are good men and good citizens they are less corruptible than one man However seldom is this the case with American politics There are far fewer politicians then there are low class workers or unemployed and yet these politicians decide upon most all of the important decisions the country is faced with The only time the rest of the people are involved is when these politicians spew out money and promises in an attempt to gain the popularity of the public whom they are so far from Although the majority of the United States is low to middle
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