Have you ever shrugged your shoulders, sighed, and complained that the United States no longer feels like a democracy? Well, you may be right. In a recently published study titled "Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens," Martin Gilensof Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University argue that the U.S. can no longer be classified as a democracy, and is in fact more closely aligned with an oligarchy.
In this week's CenterLine, Charlie provides his take on the new study and we work to strengthen your faith in American democracy
It's Official: In America, Affluence Equals Influence. In this week's U.S. News and World Report article, Charlie discusses the conclusions of the study, it's importance, and what the future holds.
"I read a lot of academic journals. The methodologies tend to be arcane. The questions examined tend to be of dubious social relevance. The writing is dense and opaque. This paper is the opposite of all that. It should be ammunition for groups working to fix the American political system and a wake-up call for those who believe that nothing needs fixing."
You Can Be A Part of the Solution. We don't want to live in an oligarchy. The Centrist Project is working to ensure that your voice is represented in Congress. Independents and moderates are the majority of US voters; let's reclaim our democracy. Fired up? Support our work HERE.
It's Not Too Late. We believe that good ideas and good people can make a difference. Here are some parting words to serve as a guiding light. If Jefferson Smith can do it, so can we.
"It's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!"