Dictionary.com is usually a very quick and informative way to get all sorts of answers to questions about words, and being a man of words I go their often and sometimes even check words that I already know the meaning of (No I am not a nerd).

 

Anyway I got in a debate with some people about what kind of system of government America has and my opponents where adamant about America being a Republic, where as I told them that it is an Oligarchy. Interestingly neither one of us took the position that it was a Democracy though I think they were using Republic in the same sense as Democracy, i.e. will of the people.

I turned to Dictionary.com for some definitions, and lo and behold what do I see?

de·moc·ra·cy [di-mok-ruh-see]

–noun, plural -cies.
1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.
5.

the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

The United States is a democracy? What kind of nonesense is Dictionary.com peddling?  In light of the definition they provide America hardly qualifies. The people are not the ones vested with sole supreme power. Social and political equality does not exist. The media which is not accountable to the people elects our rulers while on the surface this democracy game is played.  Is this an innocent little sentence they provide or the wider war on our consciousness and on truth?

What better defines America? Oligarchy.

ol·i·gar·chy  [ol-i-gahr-kee] 
–noun, plural -chies.
1. 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.
2. a state or organization so ruled.
3. the persons or class so ruling.

[Origin: 1570–80; < ML oligarchia < Gk oligarchía.]
 

 

 We are ruled by a small clique which provides money to both the Democrats and the Republicans and who also run the major corporations in the United States. This is an Oligarchy.

 
If we are to be even more cynical or maybe I should say accurate then we are in fact a Kleptocracy.
 
klep·toc·ra·cy [klep-tok-ruh-see]
–noun, plural ‑cies.
a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.

[Origin: 1815–20; klepto- (comb. form of Gk kléptés thief)]
What can more accurately define the reign of George Bush II? He stole this presidency twice! How many countless other Presidents have stolen the election? All Hail the Theif in Command! As far as exploiting national resources then America is second to none in this category. This should also include plundering other nations’ resources.
 
In all fairness, the following is the meaning of Republic.
re·pub·lic [ri-puhb-lik]
–noun
1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.
2. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth.
3. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.
4. (initial capital letter) any of the five periods of republican government in France. Compare First Republic, Second Republic, Third Republic, Fourth Republic, Fifth Republic.
5. (initial capital letter, italics) a philosophical dialogue (4th century b.c.) by Plato dealing with the composition and structure of the ideal state.

[Origin: 1595–1605; < F république, MF < L rés pūblica, equiv. to rés thing, entity + pūblica ]
Note: In some ancient states called republics the sovereign power was exercised by an hereditary aristocracy or a privileged few, constituting a government now distinctively called an aristocracy. In some there was a division of authority between an aristocracy and the whole body of the people except slaves. No existing republic recognizes an exclusive privilege of any class to govern, or tolerates the institution of slavery.

 

 

Advertisements