PART SIX

Breaking Oligarchy, Restoring Democracy

Breaking oligarchy is no small task. In many ways, just holding it at bay has been a constant theme through the history not only of the United States, but of every developed nation in the world.

While numerous nations around the world have democratized in my lifetime, the past few decades have seen others— major world powers—slide from democracy into strongman oligarchies on their way to tyranny. In every case, the oligarchs took over because they were able to corrupt the media, then the politicians, then the political process and the government itself.

In every case, the process followed the path that America has been on since the Powell Memo and the Reagan Revolution:

Oligarchs fund media, ...

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