Oligarchy, Plutocracy, Atrocity

Either We  Kill That Entanglement, Or It Will Exterminate Us.

“Oligarchy” means the rule of the few. In representative democracy, as only a few really rule, it’s a pleonasm. So why do the Main Stream Media use the word “oligarch” so much? To hide a terrible concept with a more mundane one.

“Plutocracy” is what is really going on, what the word “oligarchy” hides. The rule of the invisible Pluto, of Satan, the Dark Side… And of the wealth found by mining underground.

Small minds ardently believe that “plutocracy” is only about the rule of wealth. That allows many of them to adore the “Golden Calf” in peace.

However, plutocracy is much more than the rule of wealth. It’s the rule of hell.

It’s empowering to know what we are dealing with.

Thus, naturally “The Economist”, organ of the plutocracy, and tax evasion, obfuscates the situation in its main editorial in “The New Age Of Crony Capitalism”: Political connections have made many people hugely rich in recent years. But crony capitalism may be waning (March 15th 2014).”

It’s hard to see how it could be waning as in the USA, the leading country (de facto), people have been conditioned to pay for everything.  And first of all, politicians (Obama is always asking for money). There thrives a legalized system for injecting giant amounts of money in a hyper professionalized political class trafficking influence through revolving doors between private and public.

Part of the problem with Putin, just as with Hitler, is the certainty of those dictators that they had the world’s plutocrats as their tools (instead of the converse). Thus the leaderships in the Kremlin, Ukraine and London are deeply entangled now, just as they were in the 1930s (with Berlin, Washington and Wall Street thrown in the mix). This theory that I loudly promoted for more than a decade, is starting to get some traction, as The Economist admits:

“AS THE regime of Viktor Yanukovych collapsed in Ukraine, protesters against it could be found outside One Hyde Park, a luxury development in west London. Their target was Rinat Akhmetov, Ukraine’s richest man and a backer of the old regime. “Discipline your pet”, they chanted.” 

Ukraine’s troubled state has long been dominated by its oligarchs. But across the emerging world the relationship between politics and business has become fraught. India’s election in April and May will in part be a plebiscite on a decade of crony capitalism. Turkey’s prime minister is engulfed by scandals involving construction firms—millions of Turks have clicked on YouTube recordings that purport to incriminate him. On March 5th China’s president, Xi Jinping, vowed to act “without mercy” against corruption in an effort to placate public anger. Last year 182,000 officials were punished for disciplinary violations, an increase of 40,000 over 2011. 

As in America at the turn of the 20th century, a new middle class is flexing its muscles, this time on a global scale. People want politicians who don’t line their pockets, and tycoons who compete without favours. A revolution to save capitalism from the capitalists is under way.”

Apparently, The Economist is not following the news: Crony capitalism has basically been made legal in the USA, in the last two decades: watch the flow of money from the government to the political class revolving between filthy rich compensation in the private sector, and the government’s levers. Crony capitalism is becoming best business practice.

It’s rather saving capitalism from thieves, The Economist! Yet, as long as there is no revolution in the USA, nothing will happen. And the USA is asleep under the seducer-in-chief, the languid, self-described “navigator” who nominated to power again, exactly the same teams that made Clinton and the Bushes’ presidencies.

Legalized corruption is the problem in the USA, not the illegal type. And that’s worst.

To undermine plutocracy, one has to undermine the nature of the economic activities that foster it, such as the secretive, unregulated nature of the public-private fractional reserve, money creating system. All tax evasion, tax havens, shell companies and lack of transparency have to go with that.

Why have we been unable to get rid of plutocracy? It is not just that it holds the Main Stream Media. It’s more general than that.

The principle of plutocracy is intrinsically sadistic and cruel: there are its rewards. So its practitioners, followers and servants call for a society reflecting those values. It makes psycho sense, and the economy to reflect that.

Beyond this, we have to impose real, that is, direct democracy. It has gained in Switzerland in the last three decades, and has contributed obviously to the success of the Swiss economy, by creating a much more equalitarian, meritocratic and caring society, with fairer rules and regulations (hence the 3% unemployment rate in Switzerland, the lowest anywhere).

Direct democracy makes oligarchy, a crucial element of which is professional politics, difficult, and plutocracy, impossible. So to reduce plutocracy, one has to reduce oligarchy, and, in particular professional politics, the intrinsic enemy of direct democracy.

That’s the future we need, because plutocracy’s ultimate hide-out is war itself. And this, in full, neither we, nor the biosphere, can afford.

Understanding that plutocracy is not just the rule of wealth, but the reign of hell outright, is of the essence. One cannot understand Putin, Hitler, or World War One, without it.

Weirdly, Obama pontificated that “we are not in competition with Russia”. Of course, not. But the better angels of our nature are in competition with hell. And this starts with the oligarchs our political system consists of, at home.

Patrice Aymé

Note: That plutocracy is the definition of hell is not a new insight. That hell thrives on the Dark Side, far from the light, and “enlightenment” was already central to the ancient Babylonian religion (“Zoroastrianism”). That ancient version of the devil was called Angra Manyu.

The Greek birth of the concepts of hell with Hades and Ploutos (or “Pluto”), and how Pluto came to replace Hades was a purely cosmetic replacement, because Hades had such a terrible reputation. I guess you would not be familiar with the hellish conditions of deep silver mines in Ancient Greece, or Rome.

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39 Responses to “Oligarchy, Plutocracy, Atrocity”

  1. concussedx11 Says:

    I believe you have “hit” the proverbial nail on the spot that counts!

    “If my sons did not want wars, there would be none.” – Gutle Schnaper Rothschild


  2. Perrodinin Says:

    The word “plutocracy” has nothing to do with Pluto.


    • concussedx11 Says:

      concussedx11 in reply to Perrodin Mar 14th, 17:51
      If you are referring to Walt Disney’s “Pluto” then you are correct.

      However, you are incorrect concerning Pluto, Lord of the Underworld in ancient mythology. The Roman equivalent to the Greek Hades. How (you may ask) has “plutocracy” come to be the order of the day? Here’s an equally ancient observation:

      “Apathy toward political affairs insures the rule of evil men.” – Plato
      Pluto is also the root of plural (as in duality of purpose) which may be the source of disagreement.


      • Perrodinin Says:

        @concussedx11: The word “plutocracy” comes from the Greek “ploutos”, meaning “wealth”. It has nothing to do with the underworld of either Hades or Pluto, nor with Walt Disney’s world, nor with “plural”.

        @Tyranosopher: get yourself a dictionary, and check the etymology of the word, and leave Jesus out of it: he never had, nor claimed, any power over etymology.


  3. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Perrodin: I am a philosopher, and I am very familiar with the Greek birth of the concepts of hell with Hades and Ploutos (or “Pluto”), and how Pluto came to replace Hades (a purely cosmetic replacement, because Hades had such a terrible reputation). I guess you would not be familiar with the hellish conditions of deep silver mines in Ancient Greece, or Rome.

    I am also surprised that you did not grasp the relevance of the quote of the (mythical) Jesus in this context.

    Differently from you, my references are not found in cartoons, but in solid scholarship.

    That plutocrats are actually creatures of the devil (or “Shatan” as the Qur’an has it) is relevant to their infection of the biosphere. It’s a fundamental new insight.


    • Perodin Says:

      As a “philosopher” and “very familiar with the Greek birth, etc…”, you should know that, as I wrote before, the word “plutocracy” has nothing to do with Pluto, Hades, Satan, or Jesus. “Plutocracy” simply means “government by the wealthy,” or a state “in which the wealthy rule”, irrespective of how they got wealthy (i.e. not necessarily by owning or operating mines), and without any moral connotation (you can be wealthy and still be an honest man). I am “surprised” at your ignorance, and I doubt your scholarship.


      • concussedx11 Says:

        concussedx11 in reply to Perrodin

        Oh well. Just trying to help. “Blessed is the peacemaker” because he may be a little more full of malarkey than the other players in the conflict.
        That being said & all semantic attempts to derail his point aside: Tyranosopher is absolutely correct in his assertion that Plutocracy reigns. Or do you wish to deny more obvious truth?
        “Give me control of a nation’s money & I care not who makes its laws.” – Amschel Rothschild


  4. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Replying to Perodin (Parrotin?)

    It’s impossible to teach knowledge to those who believe that less is more, and being a parrot what language is about. Ants understand all, philosophers doubt all. (Reference: Descartes.)

    There are two types of ignorant people: those who don’t know, because they were not favored by the gods, and those who refuse to learn, because they adore the Dark Side.

    Ploutos (Πλοῦτος, “Wealth”), usually Romanized as Plutus, was the god of wealth in ancient Greek religion and myth. He was the son of Demeter and of the demigod Iasion, with whom she lay in a thrice-ploughed field.

    In the theology of the Eleusinian Mysteries Ploutos was regarded as the Divine Child.

    Ploutos’ relation to the classical ruler of the underworld Plouton (Latin Pluto), with whom he is often conflated, is complex, as Pluto was also a god of riches.

    A study of how the two concepts arose show that they are aspects of the same divinity.


  5. gmax Says:

    What Parroting is parroting: plutocrats aren’t devils!


  6. richard reinhofer Says:


    There has been recent reports of French capitalists fleeing to Switzerland to evade taxes and France changing rules to stop this. Can you give me your ideas on this?


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Richard: Well, that was true 30 years ago. Now it’s the other way around, because France dictated to Switzerland to cut the crap.

      Switzerland has brought up the white flag, and agreed to stop banking secrecy inside the EU. It goes without saying that Germany is going to ask for similar prerogatives.

      This week, Luxembourg similarly capitulated.

      Next France needs to deal with Great Britain and its countless tax havens (Channel Islands, Isle Of Man, British Virgin Islands, etc.).

      More of a problem for France is the immigration of 1.6 million French overseas in ten years. But the real cause has more to do with unemployment (itself indirectly caused, one could say, by high social security spending, which is now 36% of global state spending, itself 57% of GDP… basically highest in the world).


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      The real fight with Switzerland now is about immigration.
      There was an anti-immigration vote, and the EU applied sanctions against Switzerland, the next day. Now Suisse is suffering… And will suffer more, lest it recognizes the error of its ways.

      Recently there was a plane hijacking, into Switzerland. The French Air Force escorted the plane, which landed in Geneva. Swiss pilots do not report for work before 8am, so, apparently, France is defending Switzerland between 5pm and 8am…


  7. Alinasiegfried Says:

    In general I agree with the Swiss model of referenda – provided that there is a streamlined way of doing it reasonably economically. Referenda can be very expensive, particularly with an apathetic voting public. I would argue that Switzerland’s economic superiority is much more rooted in their history, high taxation and high public spending looking after their citizens and their country, than in their fondenss for referenda.



    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Alina: The state spending to GDP, 32% is roughly half that of France (57%). So high public spending is not like it. Accordingly, relative to France, or even Germany, Swiss taxes are low.

      The Swiss, as it is, have referenda every 3 to 4 months. Those referenda have real impacts. For example on how, and how much, the CEO class can be paid, or for forcing banks to have seven (7) times the reserves used in the USA or EU, or for outlawing speculative real estate (initiative Weber), etc. It’s fascinating to watch.

      Trichet, ex head of the ECB, believes the same thing as me: laws from the People have made the Swiss economy much smarter than any other.


  8. EugenR Says:

    The system you describe is PPP, or Public Private Partnership 🙂 that lost its original aim to channel private capital and entrepreneurship to publicly prosperous project. In the last 20 years, the plutocratic connection between those who have capacity and talent to control and restrain the masses so they don’t become mobs threatening the ruling elites and those who know to create and concentrate the wealth and redistribute it among the members of the club of the chosen ones. It seems to me it is the imprecation of to long peace time, when people become to reluctant about everything, including the purpose of their being here.

    This phenomena brought strengthened connection of plutocracy since the collapse of USSR, when the battlefield was cleaned from enemies, who could ideologically and also by acts threaten it, and so the members of the club very fast came out from their underground bunkers, and openly exposed to the public their doing, without self restrain and blush.
    The problem is not the Banking system, be it fractional or non, but the people and ethics that is behind the intentions and the acts of these club members. I personally suffered in the Communistic system, yet have to admit, the existence of USSR was kind of warning sign to the Plutocracy what can happen to them if they exaggerate with their one-sided egoistic acts. What’s even more disturbing is the self destructive tendencies if the Plutocracy, caused by their limited capacity to act out of more long term perspective that few years. Lat me share with you a short document about the subject.

    The most essential truth about the problem of plutocracy is not this person or that person. Whoever who joins the club of the ruling elites immediately adopts policy of being supportive to their interests. The very best prove of this phenomena is of course Mr. President. Of course i hate the Marxistic idea that the ruling elites will never give up voluntarily their power and will never act against their egoistic interests, so the only road for change is revolution as much as i hate the idea of revolution and if i write these sentences i hope someone important will read it and make some changes in policy that will eventually prevent the need for it, otherwise the inevitable will come sooner or later, (I hope later)


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Eugen: You say:
      “The system you describe is PPP, or Public Private Partnership 🙂 that lost its original aim to channel private capital and entrepreneurship to publicly prosperous project. In the last 20 years…”

      Wait. My critique is much more general than that. For example, the fractional reserve system can be viewed as a PPP. Also the infernal loop of financing the political elite from the business elite, which is blatant, official, and supposed to be the paragon of virtue in the USA (Obama spent most of his first term doing that… at least so it felt).

      My pet case that way is the Elon Musk’s investments. Officially, they are not PPP… But actually, they are. The idea, I guess is that Musk can do who nobody else can. In exchange now his personal fortune is around 7 billion dollars. Musk makes electric cars (Tesla Model S) and SpaceX (going to space without Putin!)

      It’s an Ayn Rand fantasy…


      • red Says:

        what fantasy…I doubt ayn rand would advocate giving (directly or not) public money to anybody (eg. musk). Or the way he amassed $7B, with unfair .gov subsidies and preferential treatment.

        its your bias talking. I see this is no different than the ‘dark side’ of plutocrats. Just bunch of subjective biases, as ayn rand would say.

        fair play is all that she asks. Not screwing people (or biosphere for that matter) like plutocrats do. And I dont agree with ayn rand on everything (eg: she seems to totally miss the big picture, long term cost-benifit stuff – where things like global warming/biosphere fall).

        the problem, with biosphere/global-warming in todays world is one of competition/fairness. Do you think china will backdown ?? even if US did? This is how entire cultures/lkingdoms collapse…by being pacifists, impractical, too idealistic. I hope all countries find a common ground, and be practical, realistic about it.


        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          “I doubt ayn rand would advocate giving (directly or not) public money to anybody (eg. musk). Or the way he amassed $7B, with unfair .gov subsidies and preferential treatment.

          its your bias talking.”

          My “bias” is talking about what? I don’t know what Ayn Rand, an insignificant sinker who just CCed Nietzsche, in all the parts I saw, really said. I bought her books, but they are a bore, couldn’t read them: book reading is Darwinian. What I do not know is what morons like Alan Greenspan think she said. Ayn Rand made them believe, basically, in plutocrats. Maybe they misinterpreted her, but that’s not the point. Rand has become a myth, it’s in the name of Rand that we got the economy Reagan and the “black” Reagan built.


        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          The only common ground really different countries can find, is war. To be remembered by those who despise the EU.


    • gmax Says:

      @ Eugen: You hate revolution? What’s wrong with RE-evolution?? Does not tech re-evolves us all the time?


  9. Perrodinin Says:

    Perrodinin reply to Tyranosopher
    I stand corrected. Thanks for the additional information. Now, please explain why “plutocrats are actually creatures of the devil” and how they “infect the biosphere”. I am eager to learn more about that “fundamental new insight”.

    P.S. I do not believe in the devil.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Perrodinin: Thank you for your gracious comment. My viewpoint about plutocracy is a very long story. I have more than 1,000 essays out there, several million words, over more than a decade.
      Although it’s not all about plutocracy and the Dark Side, there is got to be hundreds of thousands of words on it!
      Hope to see you there, all over my old essays! (I try to answer most comments)
      I do not believe in the devil… Except as a neurohormonal, or neurocultural state.
      Sorry I can’t say more at this point, lots to do.


      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Perrodinin reply to TyranosopherMar 15th, 13:01


        The gardening season is about to start; that means your essays will have to wait. Currently, I am reading “The Baloney Detection Kit”, by Michael Shermer and Pat Linse (only 15 pages, and only $5, shipping included).


        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          I see you subscribe to Voltaire’s hypocritical advice (but I love my garden too).
          Shermer is OK, but he is not shattering. I guess 15 pages will be easier than my 15 thousands pages…


  10. Paul Handover Says:

    Patrice, your conclusion about Switzerland presumably offers a powerful endorsement of any means by which the citizens of other countries could come together in a truly representative manner? Specifically, the sort of technology that Loomio represents?

    Paul Handover

    March 15, 2014 at 05:01


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      The Swiss do it the old fashion way. The Americans are voting on Tuesday, preferably with giant lines in workers’ area, so that the working class can’t vote.

      To change things in the USA, voting should happen on Sunday, first of all. The citizens’ involvement can proceed from there. But of course, there is will to the opposite.
      Democrats just lost a by-election for Congress. Their candidate? A super plutocrat, Alex Sink. She lost to a Republican plutocrat.

      I don’t know/care that much about Loomio, or other capitalist outfits: the French government has already instituted a part Internet voting system overseas (I took part in it). It works.

      What does not work is the will to switch to direct democracy from the oligarchic system.


  11. Alexi Helligar Says:

    Alexi Helligar‎
    The Persistence of Plutocracy

    The Truth About Social Mobility

    Many people assume that it is much easier to move between social classes today than in the past. But new research by economist Gregory Clark, based on tracki…


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Seems like his most major conclusion is erroneous… from his own data…
      It would require an entire essay to dissect his flawed logic, from his own data. His data, BTW, is very interesting. His interpretation is: inherited plutocracy is alive and well, long live inherited plutocracy.


      • Alexi Helligar Says:

        What do you think this is?
        My take away: Social inequality is a persistent fact across all cultures, even the most egalitarian, Therefore, we should give up trying to eliminate social inequality and manage its most harmful effects.

        I did not detect a racial bias in his argument. He even said that there is an historically elite group of blacks in the USA. His argument is explicitly non-racial. Before you write an essay please go back and watch the video without your Hitler glasses, please.

        Near the end of the video he speaks to managing the harmful effects of social inequality.

        I think his deeper argument is that social inequality is part of human nature and not just cultural. That seems correct to me from my observations.


  12. Patrice Ayme Says:

    [Sent to NYT-Krugman, Mar 16]
    Vicious plutocracy was established in Russia in the 1990s, mostly upon the recommendation of vested interest at Harvard. Life expectancy in Russia collapsed. The same is, logically, happening here.

    The whole idea of plutocracy is that most people are unworthy. Why to keep them around? It’s just supply and demand: there are too many commoners who feel they should be treated decently. Death puts an end to this insolence.


  13. Patrice Ayme Says:

    What I gathered from Gregory Clark’s argument, in the video above, aside from the very interesting raw data showing we are as much in plutocracy as in the Middle Ages, is his dubious interpretation that he claims there are elite groups, biologically so. This is the ground zero, the first order, of the congenital superiority belief. The Nazis themselves recognized there were such superior biological specimens (the Japanese were also a master race).

    The essence of the inheritable plutocracy argument is that the masters have superior biology. Mass social inequality cannot be part of human nature, as mass society is not part of human nature. His data perfectly fits my plutocratic-cultural model, his biological interpretation does not. Writing an essay about others’ gross mistake(s) is always a bit gross. And confusing.

    To confuse everything further, I do believe in superior biological inheritance. However, that’s not what plutocracy incarnates.


    • Alexi Helligar Says:

      “What I gathered from HIS interpretation is that he claims there are elite groups, biologically so.”

      I do see how you derive this. However, he is saying that there are a complex set of circumstance that create elite cohorts, and that once they are set the entire social group naturally works to reinforce these cliques. Not just the elite but the underclass as well. There is a deeper genetic component and it has nothing to do with superficial racial qualities of the kind Hitler espoused.

      There is other research that back up his view. A study showed that the same areas of a man’s brain light up when he is looking at sexually enticing woman as when he is looking at a socially dominant male.

      There is ample evidence that “social competency” is persistent in the elites groups across many generations. Professor Clark’s argument is that the data shows that genetics plays a small role in social mobility and inequality and there is something deeper about the way that human societies naturally work.


  14. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Hitler and other Nazis embraced racism, entangled with cultural superiority, and the superiority of fighting to determine who was superior. Heinrich Himmler recommended officially to his SS executioners to refresh themselves with hours of German culture and music, everyday.

    Gregory Clark seems pretty much to embrace this situation, even hinting revolution is useless, as it automatically re-conducts the same elite as before. However that neglects the superiority of systems of thoughts. He embraces that by suggesting, without proof, that the inheritance is all about biology, not systems of thought. That’s an outrageous claim, as the latter is provable, not the former.


    • Alexi Helligar Says:

      You are correct that Clarke is saying that revolution is useless. He does claim that that the elite become elite because they are more socially competent and that social competence might be genetically based and socially upheld.

      Some individuals may be able to learn social competence but according to Clarke the persistence along the lines of surnames across all cultures shows that there is probably an underlying genetic component. Once this pattern is set the society itself across all classes conspire to reinforce this.

      If you are really interested in how plutocracy manages to persist, then you need to look at the role of social competency; what is “social competency” and why it is so strongly correlated to surnames? If social competency is distributed unequally, then those who are better a manipulating Society will inevitably rise to the top. Not only may these social savants pass these traits on to their children by teaching them to be more socially competent but their social competency might be genetically driven as well. Therefore, their children are naturally more inclined to absorb, retain and extend these lessons as well.

      If you do want to take up the question of Hitler, then it is clear that Hitler was a social incompetent. His family name was never particularly distinguished. He used his charisma to serve more socially competent families who benefited richly from the havoc he caused, In the end, he and his surname went down in flames.


  15. Dominique Deux Says:

    The idea that elites self-perpetuate because they are more competent at self-perpetuation is rather obvious.

    However to see this as natural and to see this as ethical are different; we no more have to accept this than we had to accept living in murderous theocracies. At some time we Europeans potty-trained the religions. Inherited social inequalities, like organized religion, will always exist, but not necessarily as the universal, murderous scourge they have grown into.

    What sets man apart is his/her willingness

    … to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them,

    even as the Clarkes and the Burkes tell him/her there’s no point. (a stipend from the usual suspects is always welcome!)

    The very fact that social mobility varies widely between periods (worsening now across the board) and between areas the USA’s situation is especially bleak) indicates that evolution is possible, and therefore a worthy objective.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Dominique: The equalitarian movement in the USA, Britain, France proceeded from having sixteen million young men, armed, dangerous, and indoctrinated in defending freedom and democracy.
      (Consider Algeria, not just the GI Bill…)
      So maybe we need another good war, and Komrade Putin is all too happy to oblige…


  16. Patrice Ayme Says:

    [Sent to Stiglitz, March 16.]
    TPP = Terrible Plutocratic Plot. The simple fact that it is secretly negotiated makes it anti-democratic, thus it should be anti-constitutional.


  17. Alex Swann Says:

    alex swann @ Tyranosopher Mar 20th

    I was just thinking today that religious/mythological language might be the only way to describe the current situation. Much as I abhor religious speak, it seems to be the only thing that many people understand.


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Dear Alex: Indeed. The wisdom of old, at least 25 centuries ago, recognized this basic truth, the relationship between wealth and the most diabolical angels of our nature.
      I also abhor superstition, and my site is full of attacks against aspects of the main religions. However, some of the religious is motivated by intuition about what really matters most.

      By the way, the fundamental attachment to the Republic, Liberty, Equality, Fraternity is fundamentally a religious instinct, and so is the mentality motivating Putin’s craving for annexations.


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