Who Rules America? The article challenges class and corporate dominance, which shapes political environment in America. In America, wealth and power is concentrated among few people in the upper class. For years, elites in America have shielded power through foundations, academic departments, commissions, and think tanks. Additionally, Domhoff proves that elites in America control power and economy through overt means and not through covert influence. Indeed, through his article, Domhoff clearly illustrates who rules in America.
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Apr 12, skye rated it liked it A remarkable work of political sociology -- does great work empirically showing the interlocking networks of the elite class in America -- how the political and corporate elites are connected.
Also has some excellent history of labor and corporate power in US, and insight into what has kept the left from exerting any meaningful influence in our politics. Suddenly it made a lot more sense. Some things you have to experience to understand -- the problem with segregated education in the US.
The tone of the book bordered one of a conspiracy theory. There are certainly truths contained herein. One need look no further than the executive boards of large corporations to find that the social elites are indeed involved in gross conflicts of interests.
From think tanks in Washington, to politics, to private business ventures, these elites float from one group to the next trying to keep down the masses in an effort to maintain their wealth and power. A Not entirely palatable, even for me. A little much?
Who Rules America? Power, Politics and Social Change
G. William Domhoff
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