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84. Plutocracy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This article is part of the
series on Politics
Political philosophy
aristocracy, autocracy,
democracy, despotism,
monarchy, oligarchy,
plutocracy, theocracy
and tyranny.
A plutocracy is a government system where wealth is the principal basis of power (from the Greek ploutos meaning wealth).

The term plutocracy is generally used to describe two unrelated phenomena. In writings about history, plutocracy is the political control of the state by an oligarchy of the wealthy. Examples of such plutocracy include some city-states in Ancient Greece and the Italian merchant republics of Venice, Florence, and Genoa.

Plutocracies typically emerge as one of the first governing systems within a territory after a period of anarchy. Plutocracy is closely related to aristocracy as a form of government, as generally wealth and high social status have been closely associated throughout history.

The second usage is a pejorative reference to the allegedly great and undue influence the wealthy have on the political process in contemporary society. This influence can be exerted positively (by financial "contributions" or in some cases, bribes) or negatively by refusing to financially support the government (refusing to pay taxes, threatening to move profitable industries elsewhere, etc). It can also be exerted by the owners or major investors of media properties which can shape public perception of political issues (e.g. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp's publications alleged political agendas in Australia, the UK and the United States).

Recently, there have been numerous cases of wealthy individuals exerting financial pressure on governments to pass favorable legislation. (see: Lobbying) Most western partisan democracies permit the raising of funds by the partisan organisations, and it is well-known that political parties frequently accept significant donations from various individuals (either directly or through corporate institutions). Ostensibly this should have no effect on the legislative decisions of elected representatives; however it would be unlikely that no politicians are influenced by these "contributions". The more cynical might describe these donations as "bribes", although legally they are not. In the United States, campaign finance reform efforts seek to ameliorate this situation. However campaign finance reform has to successfully surmount challenge by officials who are beneficiaries of the system in place which allows this dynamic in the first place.

See also
Corporate abuse
Corporate police state
Crony capitalism
Pareto principle (on unequal distribution of wealth)
Special interest

External links
Beyond Plutocracy ( ) -- free online book, "Beyond Plutocracy: True Democracy for America" by Roger Rothenberger
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  -***** CSPAN2 COVERING ANTI-BUSH PROTEST ***** paineinthearse  Jan-20-05 09:44 AM   #0 
  - Brian Becker, ANSWER national coordinator  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 09:45 AM   #1 
  - thx for the heads up n/t  Desertrose   Jan-20-05 09:45 AM   #2 
  - thanks..guess i will have to retrack that...abt the tv n/t  ally_sc   Jan-20-05 09:47 AM   #4 
  - Thanks.....  liberalnurse   Jan-20-05 09:46 AM   #3 
  - Anyone care to give us a little play-by-play?  WahooJunkie   Jan-20-05 09:48 AM   #5 
  - Will Pitt is blogging from it on  rockedthevoteinMA   Jan-20-05 10:05 AM   #31 
  - Awesome  progressiveBadger   Jan-20-05 09:48 AM   #6 
  - Lots of camerapersons--crowd seems a bit scattered and small?  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:50 AM   #8 
     - That is my take.  hang a left   Jan-20-05 09:53 AM   #14 
     - here  rockedthevoteinMA   Jan-20-05 10:06 AM   #33 
     - Seems small  progressiveBadger   Jan-20-05 09:55 AM   #19 
  - how many people are there?  Cheswick2.0   Jan-20-05 09:49 AM   #7 
  - Not many right now.  tyedyeto   Jan-20-05 09:51 AM   #10 
  - Becker says he expects thousands or tens of thousands by  blue neen   Jan-20-05 09:54 AM   #16 
  - Dan Wilson, Ntwk Solidarity w/ People in the Phillipines  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 09:50 AM   #9 
  - crowd looks small to me--lots of pockets of open space  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:52 AM   #12 
  - he said the chant "US out of the Phillipines--US out of Iraq"  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:55 AM   #18 
  - ANSWER J20 video  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 09:52 AM   #11 
  - said buses coming in yet from out of town--have to fo thru checkpoints  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:53 AM   #13 
     - SFSCME NY dist. President-Brenda Stokely--she is good -like the hat  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:54 AM   #15 
        - She's awesome.  blue neen   Jan-20-05 09:56 AM   #21 
  - Some of those chants are too  Skidmore   Jan-20-05 09:54 AM   #17 
  - talking of deperate need to ORGANIZE,--to tear down what needs to  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:56 AM   #22 
  - Someone PLEASE tell these speakers they are on a microphone....  realFedUp   Jan-20-05 09:56 AM   #20 
  - they said the motorcade was going by "no justice, no pease--Us out of  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:58 AM   #23 
     - asked "where is bin ladin" bring our troops home--Jack Body Pres of  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 09:59 AM   #24 
        - Boyd-we are not in agreement with Bush policies!! We do not have  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:00 AM   #26 
  - John Boyd, national black farmers' association  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 10:00 AM   #25 
  - yeah, they gotta keep an eye on those dangerous protestors you know!  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:02 AM   #27 
     - said they think it was Cheney's motorcade that just went by as it was  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:04 AM   #28 
        - "Bush, Cheney what do you say, How many kids did you kill today?'  blue neen   Jan-20-05 10:05 AM   #29 
        - you listened better--it thymes--your's is right --I goofed  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:06 AM   #32 
        - "Bush-Cheney--How many kids did you kill today" was the chant.  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:05 AM   #30 
           - Haiti suport Network member -talking against Condi  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:07 AM   #34 
              - crackdown in Haiti continues --many people killed on daily basis but  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:10 AM   #35 
  - Anyone know how long c-span2 will be covering this?  tyedyeto   Jan-20-05 10:11 AM   #36 
  - sorry, I do not know  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:13 AM   #37 
     - nice pic of crowd--young and old--talking of neocons doing Cuban policy  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:15 AM   #38 
  - "How many lives per gallon" protest sign --GREAT  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:16 AM   #39 
  - I think the crowd is increasing. says 1000's behind check points yet  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:22 AM   #40 
     - no poles allowed on cardboard sings--have to hold them up.  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:23 AM   #41 
        - STAGE-MANAGE democracy--good line!!  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:24 AM   #43 
  - Send a messge to & thank CSPAN -  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 10:23 AM   #42 
  - So they will be covering til 4pm est? n/t  tyedyeto   Jan-20-05 10:25 AM   #45 
  - thanks for address--I sent a thank you note.  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:27 AM   #48 
  - Thanks for the head's up!  SunDrop23   Jan-20-05 10:24 AM   #44 
  - Last time I checked  CWebster   Jan-20-05 10:26 AM   #46 
  - well, Ransy Clarke is hardly the college type -te he  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:29 AM   #51 
     - noted.  CWebster   Jan-20-05 10:31 AM   #55 
     - Ramsey Clark  liberalnurse   Jan-20-05 10:55 AM   #68 
  - The crowd is definitely getting larger now.  blue neen   Jan-20-05 10:27 AM   #47 
  - large is vocal is the key  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:31 AM   #54 
  - any one have a schedule for this?  E_Smith   Jan-20-05 10:28 AM   #49 
  - says from 10am to 4 pm (est) see above note  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:30 AM   #52 
  - Ramsey Clark  blue neen   Jan-20-05 10:29 AM   #50 
  - 21st century Guernica!!! n/t  Desertrose   Jan-20-05 10:30 AM   #53 
  - what is a "Guernica"?  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:32 AM   #56 
  - Here's a quick link  blue neen   Jan-20-05 10:39 AM   #61 
  - thank you--the link is much appreciated  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:56 AM   #69 
  - a small village in Spain 1937...blown to bits  Desertrose   Jan-20-05 11:06 AM   #71 
  - says international demos on March 19-20--anniversery of invasion of  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:33 AM   #58 
  - Go Ramsey! You're doing JFK proud for appointing you AG!!! n/t  Tinoire   Jan-20-05 10:39 AM   #62 
  - Articles of impeachment against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld.......  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 10:40 AM   #63 
  - Clark:  blue neen   Jan-20-05 10:33 AM   #57 
  - Sara Powell, from Washington Report on ME Affairs is talking  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:36 AM   #59 
     - jerusalem resisdents on on list to vote in Palestine election  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:38 AM   #60 
        - Bush is quilty of war crimes says one speaker  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:51 AM   #66 
  - This guy, Preston Wood(?) is pretty good. nt  CWebster   Jan-20-05 10:45 AM   #64 
  - He brought a message from Ron Kovac (Born on the Fourth of July)  blue neen   Jan-20-05 10:51 AM   #65 
     - Chuck Kaufman -resembance to Micheal Moore?? Nicaragua Network  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:53 AM   #67 
        - I will be with you spirit--I have to go now.  rodeodance   Jan-20-05 10:58 AM   #70 
  - I am actually shocked that C-Span 2 is still televising this protest.  blue neen   Jan-20-05 11:40 AM   #72 
  - It's saving my sanity  Synnical   Jan-20-05 12:40 PM   #75 
  - Phoebe Jones, globbal womens' strike  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 11:40 AM   #73 
  - "Racist, sexist, anti-gay. George Bush go away."  blue neen   Jan-20-05 11:41 AM   #74 
  -  hippiechick   Jan-20-05 12:46 PM   #76 
  - Send a thank-you note  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 12:50 PM   #77 
  - The organizer in me needs to know ...  hippiechick   Jan-20-05 12:51 PM   #78 
  - one interesting thing...  grasswire   Jan-20-05 12:53 PM   #79 
  - Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Georgia 4  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 01:03 PM   #80 
  - Yes!  CWebster   Jan-20-05 01:05 PM   #82 
  - I Remember Her Speech At The A.N.S.W.E.R. Anti-War  Dinger   Jan-20-05 01:07 PM   #83 
  - CBC  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 01:26 PM   #86 
  - Cynthia McKinney!  Synnical   Jan-20-05 01:04 PM   #81 
  - Plutocracy  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 01:21 PM   #84 
  - Celeste Zappala, lost a son in Iraq. These parents break my heart.nt  loritooker   Jan-20-05 01:24 PM   #85 
  - CSPAN2 cutting away at 3PM  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 01:57 PM   #87 
     - Faux vs CSPAN coverage  paineinthearse   Jan-20-05 02:15 PM   #88 

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