jump to navigation

The Rise of Oligarchy in the United States October 28, 2008

Posted by federalist in Natural Rights, RKBA.

Oligarchy is typically associated with single-party Communist states: These are institutions that take rights and property from the general population and distribute them to preferred party members in order to reinforce their power.  They are essentially state-sanctioned organized crime syndicates.

The New York Post reminds us that the New York City oligarchy has usurped our natural right to self-defense:  NYC recognizes the rights of only about 36,000 people to keep and bear firearms — “a list that includes celebrities, billionaires, and politicians.”  For everyone else: “Carrying a firearm without a permit is a felony punishable by more than a year in prison.”



1. Myth buster - March 20, 2010

I think that before defending your rights to bear firearms, you should educate yourself. The association you make for Oligarchy is non-sense. That term doesn’t relate at all to communism, but to rich, powerful families that control with the help of the government or is the government itself.—-or, as it’s being used lately, groups. Stop making soup with the left-over ammunition. Lead is shrinking your brain.

2. federalist - March 20, 2010

Fair enough: Oligarchy isn’t communist. Though in my defense: modern oligarchies do tend to employ communist rhetoric and policies to stabilize their power, so these days it is associated with single-party states, some with upper-case-“Communist” governments.

3. W - January 7, 2011

You need to get a dictionary. What you describe is communism, not oligarchy. According to Dictionary.com – Oligarchy is a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few. In the case of the United States that “few” is the wealthy.

4. federalist - January 7, 2011

You need to read my original post: What I describe is an oligarchy of the wealthy, popular, and/or politically-connected.

5. federalist - March 31, 2011
6. Philip - April 27, 2013

Oligarchy is “a government where control is exercised by a small group of individuals whose authority is based on wealth and power” (HistoryGuy.com, 1998-2012). In October 2008, just a few days before Halloween, a person or group of persons wrote an article about the rise of oligarchy in the United States; the writer(s) of the article try to link oligarchy to communism and the main point of this article claims that only the rich and powerful citizens of New York City have the right to bear arms (Federalist.WordPress.com, n.d). There is a plethora of issues with this article, but I want to at least identify the most logical:
a. The website was not copyrighted and is therefore invalid.
b. As an obvious political and socially incorrect issue, the writer(s) of the article are anonymous because he, she or they have shielded themselves at first by not crediting themselves as authors, but subsequently, they labeled themselves as one title, ‘federalist’(Federalist.WordPress.com, n.d).
c. The article claims that oligarchy is typically associated with communist states, but there is no mention of which states the writer(s) could be referring to (Federalist.WordPress.com, n.d). If the author(s) are going to make bold claims like this, the authors should support their claims with valid and consistent facts. I am sure my fellow students and I, whom, mind you, are in a lower-level college course (Intro to Sociology), could write a better article than this in our sleep (Henslin, J. M., 2010).

FederalistWordPress.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from: https://federalist.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/the-rise-of-oligarchy-in-the-united-states/
Henslin, J.M. (2010). Sociology: A down-to-Earth-approach (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson. Chapter .
HistoryGuy.com. (1998-2012). Retrieved from: http://www.historyguy.com/nations/government_types.html

federalist - April 27, 2013

This passes for an academic exercise in an Intro to Sociology college course? Great: We have students (or at least one) who can go through the motions of citing references and structuring an analysis, but who can apply neither coherent reasoning nor basic grammar to the process. Not bad support for my frequent criticism of higher education.

Philip: Note that there is an About page where you can learn something about the author of this post. Note also that this is a web log, often referred to as a “blog:” A medium that allows for interaction between authors and readers. You and your fellow students are welcome to engage here in critical discussion of the subject and my observations, though you’re not off to an auspicious start.

N.B.: The authority of a source is useful in evaluating the credibility of facts — e.g., my reference above to a New York Post article describing whom and how many get pistol carry permits in NYC. But the source of an argument is all but irrelevant: arguments should be evaluated on their merits.

7. federalist - December 24, 2013

Conservative public figures need not apply: John Stossel tries to get a NYC carry permit and is rejected.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: