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Missing current oligarchy
Australia, and probably most Western societies, is run by an intellectual oligarchy. They are the minority trying to impose a Republic on the majority. They are anti-Semitic going by the extreme bias on the ABC. [Trying to comment on WikiPedia is very difficult.] Like the Legal Profession that regulates itself internally, there won't be any academic, published articles to use as a reference here. NaumTered 23:24, 28 April 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Norm Tered (talk • contribs)
The sentance, "Oligarchy is a form of government where most political power effectively rests with a small segment of society (typically the most powerful, whether by wealth, military strength, ruthlessness, or political influence)," is bordering on tautology. Dustin Asby 10:54, 4 Sep 2004 (UTC)
What does it mean???
- You probably mean "layman's terms", although your version might soon be adopted by hack3rz. A layman, technically, is a person who is not a cleric (an employee of the church). More generally, it is a person who does not have specialist knowledge of the subject under discussion. "Layman's terms" are therefore words that a non-specialist can understand. --Heron 16:26, 27 Sep 2004 (UTC)
No question: the bit about "wealth" puts the USA squarely into this slot: OLIGARCHY. So how can their politicians pretend to "bring democracy to the rest of the world" !? hpbo 17:12, 4 Sep 2004 (UTC)
The word was originated in ancient Greece, to identify a city with a fixed number of citizens. Rhodes had six thousand citizens. Athens was twice (briefly) put under oligarchic rule, once with three thousand citizens, once with five thousand. I do not know what other cities had such constitutions. J S Ayer (talk) 19:06, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
According to at least one commentator, parasitism may be the new social paradigm — involving class warfare and exploitation of electoral processes — of myriad and disparate countries around the world. See Kleptocracy and Elite capture.
I admit that the source doesn't use the word "oligarchy." But it describes the behavior and the social structure.
I think this belongs in the article. 7&6=thirteen (☎) 19:52, 3 April 2018 (UTC)
Proposed merge with Business oligarch
- The Business oligarch article seems to be fairly WP:OR, it isn't clear that the term actually exists. Any substantive content seems to relate solely to Russia and I wonder whether content should go to Russian oligarch, if it isn't already there. Pincrete (talk) 19:41, 6 April 2018 (UTC)
Oppose – It's not accidental, that the article ‘business oligarch’ is solely about Post-Soviet tycoons. Just look at the disambiguation page: "Business oligarch, businessmen who quickly acquired huge wealth in post-Soviet states." In my opinion, this article should be renamed to a ‘post-soviet oligarchs’ to avoid further misreading.. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 19:08, 20 June 2018 (UTC)