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Princeton Concludes What Kind Of Government America Really Has Essay

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A democracy is a system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives. That is what the founding fathers strived for when they created the constitution. The system was set up to help prevent the abuse of power. President Donald Trump has put our government into question whether the United States is still a democracy. Many has said that Trump tends to have authoritarian tendencies. He is unpredictable and will ignore the many policy ideas of his party and pursue his own interest. Not just Trump, but many of his buddies and big corporations with many funds and money will essentially make all the decisions with the rest of us with little to no political power. In order to get a better picture of how the government is slowly moving away from a democracy in the US, I will examine the following 3 articles, “Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has” by Tom Mckay, “How to Build an Autocracy,” by David Frum and “Containing Trump,” by Jonathan …show more content…

In this article, Tom Mckay examines how the United States has turned into an Oligarchy. One of the interesting arguments he makes is the average citizen doesn’t have significant impact on public policy and most power has come from the upper class. Figure 2 shows that the income gains for the top 1% has increase over 100% compared to the rest. The data seems to support the idea that with the top earners becoming more wealthy, that as means they are having more power. The author suggests that as the business and corporations are getting bigger and wealthier, they will essentially make all of the decision. I agree with this analysis, because if we look at our political leaders and decision makers they are all making lots of money and with Trump in the white house, I think he will help more with businesses since he himself was a business

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