“Those who sit in the seats of the high and mighty are selected and formed by the means of power, the sources of wealth, the mechanics of celebrity, which prevail in their society … They are not men shaped by nationally responsible parties that debate openly and clearly the issues this nation now so unintelligently confronts. They are not men held in responsible check by a plurality of voluntary associations which connect debating publics with the pinnacles of decision. Commanders of power unequaled in human history, they have succeeded within the American system of organized irresponsibility.”
C. Wright Mills • The Power Elite (1956)
cf. Eugene Halton • The Megapower Elite
- Cap tip Jon
This is what our global democratic revolution will understand and oppose with vigor and increasing force. .