) is a form of government in which power
effectively rests with a small elite
segment of society distinguished by royalty, wealth, family ties, military might, or religious hegemony
. The word oligarchy is from the Greek words "ὀλίγος" (olígos
), "a few"
and the verb "ἄρχω" (archo
), "to rule, to govern, to command".
Such states are often controlled by politically powerful families whose children are heavily conditioned and mentored to be heirs of the power of the oligarchy.
Oligarchies have been tyrannical
throughout history, being completely reliant on public servitude
to exist. Although Aristotle
pioneered the use of the term as a synonym for rule by the rich, for which the exact term is plutocracy
, oligarchy is not always a rule by wealth, as oligarchs can simply be a privileged group. Some city-states from ancient Greece
were oligarchies. The combination of the words plutocracy
and oligarchy make the word plutarchy.
Not quite sure how our current admin fits the definition of an oligarchy, or how it could do so without all previous admins also being defined as such. Mike, I am truly sorry if I assumed that you were speaking to me and all the other members of this forum when you began one of your posts with "you bastards". How could I not know you weren't talking to us. I'm glad you psoted though, I was getting worried about you, surely it doesn't take that long to search through Fox News' "talking points" to find some kind of point to make. Well, actually it may take a while to find something relevant and factual. Yarmony must still be looking. As for government, I am not a big fan either, but it seems a little off base to claim tyranny just because a political party you do not agree with has taken office. Did you ever hear of the Patriot Act? Probably the single most tyrannical piece of legislation ever produced. Anyways, you fellas have a nice day!