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Response to snot (Reply #29)

Thu Jul 19, 2012, 01:40 AM

41. It's the Iron Law of Oligarchy.

"the iron law of oligarchy is a political theory, first developed by the German syndicalist sociologist Robert Michels in his 1911 book, Political Parties.[1] It claims that rule by an elite - or "oligarchy" is inevitable as an "iron law" within any organization as part of the "tactical and technical necessities" of organization.[2] Michels particularly addressed the application of this law to democracy, and stated: "It is organization which gives birth to the dominion of the elected over the electors, of the mandataries over the mandators, of the delegates over the delegators. Who says organization, says oligarchy."[3] He went on to state that "Historical evolution mocks all the prophylactic measures that have been adopted for the prevention of oligarchy."[4] Michels stated that the official goal of democracy of eliminating elite rule was impossible, that democracy is a fašade legitimizing the rule of a particular elite, and that elite rule, that he refers to as oligarchy, is inevitable."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_law_of_oligarchy

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