The ancient Greeks figured it out and took steps to keep their democracy from being swamped by an Oligarchy of elites. There is you see, an identified “Iron Law of Oligarchy,” which states: “Who says organization says oligarchy.” A corollary to this statement is that a large complex democracy cannot exist. It must transform into an Oligarchy. This is highly relevant to our present condition where we are at the mercy of .1% or one in a thousand. I choose to call this powerful minority MiLords, since a mil is one thousandth of a unit.
Setting aside the question of our ever having been a democracy, we can agree that the terms of engagement are at a crisis point with MiLords controlling an ever increasing share of wealth and using that wealth to wield power. Now before you shake your head and click on to another story, I want to say one thing: this is not a conspiracy in the purest sense of the term. I am not suggesting that there is a unified movement of the very rich designed to control every aspect of our lives. They are only united in one singular goal and that is what Winters calls the “Income Defense Industry.”
You see MiLords are not united on much else. Their social agendas do not match. Their political agendas are practical not ideological so there is no world standard. It is a “Warring Oligarchy” that only comes together to defend the borders of wealth. So on many issues, MiLords let us duke it out. In fact they are quite happy that we have something to fight about so that we do not pay too much attention to their ultimate agenda. They love it when conservatives lob bombs at liberals calling them socialists and liberals chastise conservatives for their inhumanity. In the end they do not have to finance bread and circuses. They can sit back and enjoy the circus put on by zealots from all quarters.
The problem would be much easier to address if MiLords were united. We could clearly identify them as the oppressors and launch a revolution. But their disunity protects them and makes it extremely difficult to find a place to stand to move a lever let alone identify a fulcrum to lean against. To this dilemma I suggest two strategies.
The first is to simply refuse to play their game which is centered around a contrivance called money. Money that is rooted in debt, compounded by a fractional reserve system that must escalate to survive. A Ponzi scheme that in its present iteration has taken 100 years to blow up. We can choose Visualizing Intrinsic Value Alignment instead and work to create a Fusion Economy. We can support productivity over exploitation, well being over consumerism, etc. This is a grass roots approach and must avoid being corralled by a “movement” lest it succumb to the Iron Law of Oligarchy.
The second strategy is to take a lesson from MiLords and unite behind our goal to disempower MiLords. To do this means setting aside our religious, economic, political and social differences to be fought out on a different battle field. We cannot allow MiLords to taunt us into disbanding. If MiLords use myths to keep us bound into factions, then we must demystify our world. It is a myth that we live in a democracy for example and to identify and understand the Oligarchy is a step toward dispelling the myth.
I suggest that the starting point is to name the Oligarchy. I have settled upon MiLords but that will not likely be the final accepted designation. It is vital that there be an agreed upon term so that we can get on with the task of defining this “Warring Oligarchy.” The name must embody the fact that this is a very narrowly construed Oligarchy with Income Defense as its goal. It is more insidious than a conspiracy. And it has over reached. Income Defense has been replaced by Wealth Abrogation. Greed is rotting the log upon which MiLords stand. No longer content with 10 to 1 disparities in income they are striving for 400 to 1.
And it will be their downfall.