“The Iron Law of Oligarchy”

President trump has a unique opportunity to change the direction of the digression of our constitutional government. Those who supported him did so because of their recognition of the failure toward oligarchy with the decay of campaign funding limits, tort controls, and the inequity of our tax code. If we allow this opportunity to pass, we may fall to an irreparable imbalance of power in our society.

The reality of the times in which we live, mandate that we must keep in check, imbalances that may distort and compromise the universal balance of power within and without our government.

The “iron law of oligarchy” states that all forms of organization, regardless of how democratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop¬† oligarchic ¬†tendencies, thus making true democracy practically and theoretically impossible, especially in large groups and complex organizations.

The relative structural fluidity in a small-scale democracy succumbs to “social viscosity” in a large-scale organization. According to the “iron law,” democracy and large-scale organization are incompatible.

Respectfully “lifted” from Wikipedia

Justice is the prize of successful society. Since Hammurabi, five thousand years ago, mankind has wrestled with law and equity. No political entity in the recorded history of the world came closer than the great United States of America to finding true justice.

America exemplifies all men participating equally in the execution of governance. America, with its rich middle class, grew such a tax base as to spread its influence around the world and, indeed, to improve the lot of all men.

This is a significant time in the development of our great nation. Always there is bad in good, even the greatest good has a grain of evil. The ancient Chinese recognized this in the depiction of the interlocking Yin and Yang, each with an element of the other within. It is the balance that allows for equity and for prosperity of the whole. It is the displacement of one by the other that causes inequity and loss of justice.

Now, though, we face challenges. I point these out, not to dissuade participation, but as a call to action for all men of our Great Republic. Now is the time to stop an evolution that will result in the loss of the freedom and justice that is the basis for this great experiment. We must join our brothers in action, to become, again, a part of the evolution that is this great nation, to join the grand debate on the equity of government toward mankind.

The concept of oligarchy states that a democratic society must fall, as the wealth and power shift to a select few. Certainly, data shows the progression of our country along this pathway. Time will tell if the great structure of our forefathers can put in check the actions, clearly diverse from the constitutional foundation of our country, that we see now metamorphosing within our society.

Robert Michels cemented the concept in his thesis. History seems to reflect the accuracy of his assertions. Much of the description of the principal of the rule of oligarchy deals with an inequity in money held by class. I believe that money is a secondary issue, for it is power that really matters. Money comes with power, and power comes with money, but the two are not interchangeable. If they were, lottery winners would become political insiders – they do not.

This is not a Republican or Democrat argument. It is an argument of the balance of power within our structure of government and it is an argument that requires input from left and right. The consideration of the erosion of the balances, by an over-powerful military-industrial complex or the upper-upper class, affects all Americans. It is a conversation and an evolution for all classes, parties, and affiliations to undertake.

Let us not fail.

Scott Cahill