The article by fflambeau featuring an updated list of Goldman Sachs ties to the Obama Government is a remarkable research document and exceptional example of power elite analysis.
For astute LRC readers of such classic works as James Burnham’s The Machiavellians, the first thing an objective observer of political institutions discovers is the oligarchical character of all regimes, whether nominally monarchical, democratic, fascist, communist, etc.
From ancient Sumer to the present, all governments have been composed of elites. All states originate in conquest and exploitation, and as elite oligarchies, exercise a monopoly of crime over their subjects through war and taxation, indoctrination and propaganda, and the conscription of resources and persons.
The subject matter of “Establishment Studies” or Libertarian Class Analysis is understanding this struggle for power in its diverse open and covert forms between the rulers and the ruled, between the elite and the non-elite, between “the ins” and “the outs.”
The primary object of every ruling elite is to maintain its own power and privilege. The rule of the elite is based on force or fraud. This force may be hidden or threatened, and the fraud sustained by a political formula, usually expressed as a generally accepted state religion, ideology, or series of myths. But it is the physical force of the gun that lay behind it all. And it is at your mind that every government gun is ultimately aimed.
Respected observers such as Murray N. Rothbard, Ferdinand Lundberg, John McConaughy, Phillip H. Burch, Jr., Thomas R. Dye, Matthew Josephson, Kevin Phillips, Thomas Ferguson, and Carroll Quigley have detailed and cataloged the specific elite criminal elements behind previous presidential administrations.
Will the American people again silently sit by and let this “business as usual” proceed?
Or will they finally begin to take action?9:47 am on May 15, 2010