Showing posts with label Harvard. Show all posts
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Monday, April 28, 2014

U.S. Is Oligarchy, Not Republic


U.S. Is Oligarchy, Not Republic

Comment by Julio Severo: This article, published originally by WND, addresses a very real problem in the U.S. As a pro-life and conservative Christian, I have to reach the same conclusion. Abortion was legalized in the U.S. in 1973 in the administration of President Richard Nixon, considered a conservative and of the Republican Party, also considered as generally conservative. In that time, the absolute majority of the American people was against abortion. In fact, the U.S. was then the most Protestant nation in the world. However, there were big business groups interested in the legalization of the unborn’s killing. The Supreme Court, which legalized this heinous crime, imposed it on all the U.S. states, violating the independence of each of them. In the issue of the so called gay “marriage” the same problem is happening. Most of the American people do not want this aberration. Yet, interest groups want to impose this aberration on the population. If then there is a “democracy” in the U.S., it is working just for those having more power and money. It is not working for the defense of life and family. It is in the full reality, as my definition, a “government of money, by money, for money.” Read and spread the following article:
A recent study by professors Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin I. Page found that the U.S. now resembles more of an oligarchy than a democratic republic.
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
The author of a recent commentary about oligarchy in the 21st century, Matthew Continetti, of the Free Beacon, might even suggest that last phrase be repeated.
“Mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
In a recent interview with TPM, Gilens stated, “I’d say that contrary to what decades of political science research might lead you to believe, ordinary citizens have virtually no influence over what their government does in the United States. And economic elites and interest groups, especially those representing business, have a substantial degree of influence. Government policy-making over the last few decades reflects the preferences of those groups – of economic elites and of organized interests.”
“Since Reagan, every president has come from Harvard or Yale. Because these are considered the most prestigious education institutions in the United States, the graduates that they produce are funneled straight into Washington or are given positions in some of the major media outlets,” Marc E. Fitch said.
“It’s a belief that merely by attending these schools you are somehow a superior individual and deserve a position of power. You don’t see too many peanut farmers like Jimmy Carter or generals like Eisenhower even trying to go into politics anymore. Even Sarah Palin was mocked for the college she attended. I think that, in itself, could be the cause of the separation of the policy makers from the people.”
The affluent attend elite universities that are among the most fervently leftist and liberal institutions in the country. Gilens states that the affluent tend to hold more socially liberal positions than the majority.
“We’d see, perhaps ironically, less liberal policies in some domains like religious or moral issues. Affluent people tend to be more socially liberal on things like abortion or gay rights.”
Gilens cites the lack of a Worker’s Party or Socialist Party as part of the problem but Fitch says… they are often just replacing evil with a greater evil.
“You would just end up with more of the same. This is a deeper cultural issue about personal responsibility and honesty. You can throw as much money as you want at a politician but it is his or her job to put their constituency before their own pockets. That is not happening in any way. Until we consider moral character over celebrity in politics we will keep ending up in this position.”
Noted the study, “Who governs? Who really rules? To what extent is the broad body of U.S. citizens sovereign, semi-sovereign, or largely powerless?”
Gilens said, “Both parties have to a large degree embraced a set of policies that reflect the needs, preferences and interests of the well to do.”
Edited by Julio Severo from WND article: Study: U.S. is oligarchy, not republic
Via Julio Severo in English: www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com
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Has Obama failed to advance leftism in America?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Has Obama failed to advance leftism in America?


Has Obama failed to advance leftism in America?

By Julio Severo
Roberto Unger, a prominent Brazilian politician and an adviser to Obama in 2008, said that “President Obama must be defeated in the coming election” because “he has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States,” according to a Daily Mail report.
Roberto Unger: Obama “failed” in the progressive cause
He also said that, “despite their fierce rivalry, the Democrats’ agenda is little different to that of the Republicans”.
In this point, he just confirmed my suspicion: the leftist agenda was advanced in different degrees, by Democrats and Republicans, throughout the world through the US government. (Of course, Ronald Reagan is a notable exception.)
Daily Mail said that “Mr. Unger is a renowned politician in his native Brazil. He has twice run for president of Brazil… Unger was one of the founding members of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party”.
With his impressive credentials as a professor at Harvard Law since 1976, “he has also advised on politics throughout Latin America.” Has his advice failed to help advance the progressive cause in this region? In any case, Latin America is becoming a Union of Latin American Socialist Republics.
He has taught law with a progressive bias for more than 35 years, and has no one in America noticed? Other prominent Brazilian Marxists, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, have also been professors in prominent American universities.
Harvard, established in 1636, was named after Puritan minister John Harvard (1607–38), who bequeathed to the school his books and half of his estate. Although never formally affiliated with a church, Harvard primarily trained Protestant ministers. Today, although never formally avowing Marxism, Harvard primarily trains leftists…
If the original intent of Harvard’s Pilgrim founders were implemented, Unger would have gotten the boot. If Unger’s original intent were implemented, Obama would get the boot for being a “weak” progressive. As for the Pilgrims, Unger would have expelled them from Harvard and America because they were not progressive at all!
Mr. Unger’s most famous student was Barack Obama, who attended Harvard Law School in 1988. He studied jurisprudence and the art of “reinventing democracy.”
Obama has indeed reinvented the de facto leftist democracy built up over for decades by Democrats and Republicans, but this is not enough for Professor Unger, who is a respected author having published dozens of books on economics, philosophy and politics.
In his view, Obama “has failed to advance the progressive cause in the United States.” Apparently Unger expects his students to establish “democratic” governments in the model of the Soviet Union!
In Unger’s thinking, Stalin should no doubt have been defeated because he “failed” to advance the communist cause in Russia, and Hitler “failed” to advance Nazi ideology in Germany…
Unger reminds me of Anglican Bishop Robinson Cavalcanti, founder of the Progressive Evangelical Movement, a NGO composed of leftist Protestant militants in Brazil. Cavalvanti was a member of the socialist Workers’ Party, founded by former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva. It is the ruling party in Brazil today. Cavalcanti left this party because, in his view, it betrayed socialism!
I just wonder why Cavalcanti failed to get a professor’s chair in Harvard to teach Obama and others.
If America had followed the intent of her Christian founders, she would never have had an Unger in Harvard or an Obama in the White House. Harvard would keep training ministers, not leftists. The White House would stop being a house of horrors advocating internationally sodomy and abortion. And Reagans would be the rule, not the exception.
Portuguese version of this article: Obama fracassou em avançar o esquerdismo nos EUA?
Source: Julio Severo in English: www.lastdayswatchman.blogspot.com