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"What Economic Elite Domination" and "Biased Pluralism" mean is that rather than average citizens of moderate means having an important role in determining policy, ability to shape outcomes is restricted to people at the top of the income distribution and to organized groups that represent primarily -- although not exclusively -- business."
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Yes indeed the rich & organized rich have a much greater influence on public policy than any citizens or citizens group with the possible exception of the NRA.

Yes the rich pay most of the taxes & pay taxes at a higher rate, but the devil is in the details because they pay a much smaller percentage of total income on taxes.
So both sides get to claim they're correct without acknowledging the problem.
The total tax burden falls heaviest on the working class as barring 401K/IRA/HSA and the pre-tax dollar schemes every single cent of earnings are taxed at every level, food, gas, utilities, phone, even savings accounts are taxed.
One of course cannot own property without taxes as both the government & business engage in rentseeking from an increasingly demoralized and poor workforce.

#7 | Posted by sawdust at 2016-07-11 07:04 PM | Reply
"BLM based on a lie."

It may well have been hijacked & is certainly misunderstood, but to deny that there is systemic racism in the US is naive.
One must remember that its only been 52 years that legalized, institutional racism was rescinded, in law.
Our parents or grandparents lifetimes.
Given that 42% of people believe the Civil War was not about slavery & are often taught so in Southern schools, expecting the echo of the segregationist South & Jim Crow to simply disappear when the generation which both perpetuated & experienced the abuse is still living is naive.
As far as Black Lives Matter, the essence of the movement is the implied "too".
"Imagine that you're sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don't get any. So you say "I should get my fair share." And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, "everyone should get their fair share." Now, that's a wonderful sentiment -- indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get your fair share also. However, dad's smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn't solve the problem that you still haven't gotten any!

The problem is that the statement "I should get my fair share" had an implicit "too" at the end: "I should get my fair share, too, just like everyone else." But your dad's response treated your statement as though you meant "only I should get my fair share", which clearly was not your intention. As a result, his statement that "everyone should get their fair share," while true, only served to ignore the problem you were trying to point out."

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