U.S. — A ‘Democracy’ Where ‘Both’ Sides Represent the Aristocracy

Eric Zuesse

The most comprehensive scientific study ever done of the subject has shown that America is ruled only by its few richest, not by the public. How can this be the case if its Government is run by two Parties — Democrats and Republicans? Those are merely competing factions within the aristocracy. America is a two-Party dictatorship. A dictatorship can have any number of parties. An aristocracy can have any number of factions.

The aristocracy are the country’s richest people, and they sometimes influence their government directly by their political donations, but usually they do it indirectly via their corporations — both the profit and the non-profit ones — which they control (and which lobby the government heavily, and which also advertise in the media and so control whatever media that the government and non-profits don’t control). During the prior, agrarian, era, when most property was land or “real property” instead of corporations, the richest people were formally titled as ‘nobles’, but the U.S. Constitution outlawed that, and so by now almost all aristocrats have only corporate titles (CEO, Chairman, Director, etc.), no official titles from the state (other than elected governmental positions, and the appointees of same).

Aristocrats are taught, from childhood, to compete fiercely against others of their class, but not with people ‘below’ them (who are always required simply to obey them). Duels between them, thus, were common — sometimes to the death. The aristocratic way is constant war, against everyone who resists them, even against their own peers, their competitors — sometimes to the death.

A typical example of such aristocratic control of a nation is occurring right now between America’s Republican Party aristocrats versus its Democratic Party aristocrats, and this contest concerns whether or not to impeach and replace the current Republican President of the United States, Donald Trump, by his Republican Vice President Mike Pence. Not all of the participants are local aristocrats. Foreign aristocrats also have clout in such contests. For example: the world’s wealthiest person, and the only clear-cut trillionaire, is the King of Saudi Arabia. (Jeff Bezos is a piker by comparison, around one-tenth as wealthy.) That’s the country which buys far more U.S.-manufactured weapons, such as from Lockheed Martin, than any other nation does, and these American companies (military contractors) depend 100% on sales to governments — to the U.S. and its allied countries (such as Saudi Arabia).

Furthermore, after the U.S. dollar went off the gold standard and onto the oil-standard, in the 1970s, King Saud has largely controlled the value of the U.S. dollar in the foreign-exchange markets. He, in conjunction with the needs of the U.S. Treasury, controls the oil-spigot, so as to serve the goals of both aristocracies.

The U.S. aristocracy — both Republican and Democratic — thus depend heavily on King Saud’s decisions, especially since he’s the main foreign buyer of U.S. weapons. Ever since Trump was elected, Trump has done whatever he can to win the Sauds’ support. But he has competitors in this; he always knows that he might not be doing enough, and that the Sauds could drop him at any time and support a competitor to Trump. Here’s why he must worry about this:

A Saudi agent, Robert Mueller, had worked with James Comey and Louis Freeh in 2001, to rig the investigation of Al Qaeda’s 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, in order to concoct the story (which had been pushed by Saudi Prince Bandar) that Iran had done it, and they alleged that Iran-supporting Shiites and not Saud-supporting Sunnis were to blame for it, and so Iran is officially ‘the leading state sponsor of terrorism’. As Gareth Porter reported, on 26 June 2009, “Freeh Became ‘Defence Lawyer’ for Saudis on Khobar”.

Freeh, when leaving the FBI, recommended Mueller to head the FBI, who then recommended Comey to be his own successor. Furthermore, according to Ryan Girdusky, “New York-based lawyer Jim Kreindler, representing the families of the Sept. 11 victims, said in an interview with me that Mueller and his successor, James Comey, engaged in a systematic cover-up of evidence that the Saudi government aided the terrorists who committed the Sept. 11 attacks.” Furthermore, in October 2017, Andrew Cockburn wrote, “Bob Graham, the former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told me recently that Robert Mueller, then the FBI director (and now the special counsel investigating connections between Russia and the Trump campaign) made ‘the strongest objections’ to Jacobson and his colleagues visiting San Diego. Graham and his team defied Mueller’s efforts, and Jacobson flew west. There he discovered that his hunch was correct. The FBI files in California were replete with extraordinary and damning details,” of money coming from the Saudi Government to the 9/11 hijackers prior to 9/11.

Mueller was, himself, raised as the proud son of a leading agent of the DuPont family, and he knew the way the world works. As Marc Fisher and Sari Horwitz headlined on 23 February 2018, when the impeach-Trump operation finally got into high gear, “Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth, raised to lead. Then, sharply different choices.” This was a typical good-guy versus bad-guy story they were telling. (The myth is that this is democracy functioning.) They wrote: “One turned away from the path to greater wealth, while the other spent half a century exploring every possible avenue to add to his assets.” Here is an important part of their description of the background of the ‘good guy’:

Mueller’s father was an executive at DuPont, part of a family firmly planted in the country’s plutocracy. Mueller, who grew up in Princeton, N.J., and the Philadelphia Main Line, was sent to St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire, where the Astor, Vanderbilt and Mellon families educated their boys. At the Episcopal school, Mueller became captain of the soccer, hockey and lacrosse teams. He played hockey with classmate John F. Kerry, a future secretary of state and one of three St. Paul’s alumni who would run for president.

On 30 May 2013, Garret M. Graff had headlined “Forged Under Fire — Bob Mueller and Jim Comey’s Unusual Friendship” and he wrote admiringly of both Mueller and Comey:

Now, after years apart — during which Jim Comey worked at Lockheed Martin and the hedge fund Bridgewater before leaving this spring to teach law in New York — the two men appear destined to reunite this summer as the torch passes on the seventh floor of the hulking J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mueller’s term as director has been seen as largely successful — even amid criticism in recent weeks over the FBI’s handling of the ricin letters sent to government leaders and its investigation of the men responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings — and the Obama White House has been eager for someone who will continue the path Mueller has laid out, transforming the FBI from a 20th century domestic law enforcement agency to a 21st century international intelligence agency. To find that person, the Obama administration evidently didn’t have to travel far — choosing one of Mueller’s most trusted allies as his replacement.

At Comey’s recommendation, the Republican Mueller now represents the Democratic Party’s effort to force Trump out of office, so as to (as the Democrats hope) leave Mike Pence for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nominee to confront before America’s voters. Amongst the aristocracy, even many Republicans have despised Trump as being low class, and so donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Their agents, who run Wall Street, were especially anti-Trump. And these aristocrats, and their agents, especially hate Russia, and were infuriated that Trump seemed not to.

Though Pence has the support of evangelicals like Trump does, Trump’s support is far stronger than Pence’s among non-evangelicals; and so Democratic Party strategists think that in 2020, the incumbent President ought to be Pence, not Trump. Furthermore, every disclosure which comes out during the impeach-Trump campaign will reduce the opposition to the Democratic nominee in 2020, regardless of whom the Republican nominee might be, and thus will be a campaign booster for that Democratic nominee.

The aristocracy, in a ‘democracy’, controls all parties. For almost all aristocrats, political parties aren’t for ideology as much as they’re for business — always private investments. The media, which they also control, refuse to report this key fact about American ‘democracy’ — that the aristocracy control both Parties — but it’s true, nonetheless.

On August 21st, the Democratic Party’s MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow headlined “Cohen more than happy to tell Mueller all that he knows: attorney”, and presented a Democratic attorney, Lanny Davis, saying that, “It’s the truth that so threatens the President of the United States. … Not just about the obvious possibility of a conspiracy to collude and corrupt the American democracy system in the 2016 election, which the Trump Tower meeting was all about, but also knowledge about the computer crime of hacking, and whether Mr. Trump knew ahead of time about that crime and cheered it on.”

Mr. Davis is a neoconservative who, since all neocons do, supported a coup in Honduras when Barack Obama came into office; and the coup-regime hired him to win the support of the coup first by Davis’s buddy Hillary Clinton, and then by Barack Obama himself, and Davis also lobbied Democrats in Congress, while other lobbyists worked the Republican side, which were already passionate supporters of the coup anyway, even without whatever bribing might have been on order, regardless of how it was done. The coup overthrew Honduras’s democratically elected and popular progressive President Manuel Zelaya and replaced him by a succession of stooges of the coup’s financial backers, who were Honduras’s aristocracy, the paymasters for the entire operation. Promptly, Honduras surged to the number-one spot as the world’s murder-capital, #1 murder-rate, because the country’s aristocrats were now given carte blanche to hire murderers to get rid of anyone who openly resisted them. But, after a number of years, the murder-rate headed back down again, because the public had become terrified, and leading resisters had been killed. Thousands of poor Hondurans simply escaped to the United States as refugees, because they knew that they were on the local death-lists. But now, under Trump, they’re all being sent back ‘home’, and so the corpse-processing might increase back up, once again. America’s media report about the narcotics traffic as being a cause of Honduras’s record-high murder-rates, but Honduras’s aristocrats are actually skimming heavily from that trade, and they live in heavily guarded compounds, where to kill them would require an army, and those aristocrats control Honduras’s Government; so, they have nothing to worry about. Honduras has become a libertarian paradise (as is described at that last link).

In America, both sides of the aristocracy serve King Saud and hate Vladimir Putin. For some odd reason, nobody is talking about “Saudi infiltration into the American Government” or “Trump’s collusion with the Sauds.”  None of the aristocracy’s media is even asking the question: why aren’t they investigtigating the Sauds instead of Russia’s Government? But perhaps the answer is: Russia doesn’t buy any American weapons, and it doesn’t largely control the value of the U.S. dollar. So, Russia is, for the aristocrats who control the U.S., just a target against which to sell weapons to America’s allies, no friend, at all — and certainly no ally. Instead (and this is bipartisan), the U.S. Government even supports Al Qaeda against Russia.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.