*The Iron Law of Oligarchy.

Posted: December 11, 2009 in 2009
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The iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties. It states that all organizations will eventually become an oligarchy of a handful of elites. All forms of organization, regardless of how democratic or autocratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop oligarchic tendencies, thus making true democracy practically and theoretically impossible.

With governments it proves true whether it is capitalist or socialist-communist.  The bigger the bureaucracy, and the more power it wields, the more inclined it is to become an oligarchy.

So today we have the makings of an unrivaled global government on the horizon. In light of this reality, we must consider what kind of oligarchy we’ll be sure to get. So what you have to ask yourself is which system will be worse when it reaches its oligarchical climax. As it turns out, we have 2 perfect examples in history: USSA & USSR. Ask yourself which was worse for its people during its reign, and which one lasted the longest before imploding (meaning actual functionality).

We all know these answers. The funny thing is, the Soviet system was inherently flawed on this scale, whereas its taken 95 years of Federal Reserve robbing the public to still not kill the system via its normal measures. It wasn’t until the Banksters went for the final death blow via engineered economic collapse and artificial tripling of fuel costs at the same time to still not completely kill us off.

Now I’m not condoning this cruel system, but if I had to choose between forms of oligarchy the choice is easy. Following the Iron Law, choosing a system should be the choice between what kind of oligarchy do you want to end up with. Therefore, the idea of an unrivaled communistic global government is absolute insanity.

“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.” -Thomas Jefferson

  1. Lance says:

    Once again we are being told in this article that we have to choose between the lesser of two evils, but evil is still evil! As long as the carnal ‘spirit’ rules this world, and it does, it makes no difference what form of government humanity creates because the fundamental problem is carnal human nature, which is also known as the ‘beast’.

  2. ignoranceisntbliss says:

    Oh yeah, I originally wrote that while debating with a Zeitgeist Movement follower who was promoting a global communist dictatorship. I suppose I would have written it slightly different were I not responding to them directly. Seemed like a good enough topic to repost over here at the time.

  3. You were addressing a specific situation, so I can understand why you compared the two major oligarchical systems, finding our version not as awful as the other.

    The question to me is whether or not it’s even possible to counter what seems to be the inevitability of oligarchy.

    If it isn’t possible to fight oligarchy because it comes about naturally in human endeavors, then that’s a topic to be addressed.

    But if it’s possible, say through a mass awakening, a mass awareness of the evil game being played, at the majority’s expense, then we need to talk about that as part of a spontaneous world movement.

    Can several billion people wake up to the con of the oligarchs? And not only that, wake up to an inspirational destiny of humankind?

    Or is that mere pie–in-the-sky?

    One thing I am certain of, humankind won’t transcend the seeming inevitability of oligarchy unless we are able to access our best selves collectively. And it will only require a critical mass, not even a majority to energize the rest. Absent something like that, I don’t see much hope for truly fair, egalitarian, compassionate, well-run, justly and sensibly ruled people-systems.

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