"whatever whatever oligarchy"

In his STFU post, Markos basically mocked Sanders supporters by writing "whatever whatever oligarchy." Here's my response, another rec list post because a lot of people were insulted by this attitude.

God, how patient are Thy poor!  These corporations and masters of manipulation in finance heaping up great fortunes by a system of legalized extortion, and then exacting from the contributors--to whom a little means so much--a double share to guard the treasure!
Robert M. LaFollette, Sr.
More striking still, it appeared that if the process of concentration goes on at the same rate, at the end of another century we shall have all American industry controlled by a dozen corporations, and run by perhaps a hundred men. Put plainly, we are steering a steady course toward economic oligarchy, if we are not there already.
FDR, 1932
The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism—ownership of Government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power….
Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing. This concentration is seriously impairing the economic effectiveness of private enterprise as a way of providing employment for labor and capital and as a way of assuring a more equitable distribution of income and earnings among the people of the nation as a whole.
FDR, 1938
..And one day we must ask the question, “Why are there forty million poor people in America?” And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society...
I say, they [those at the top] don't have to conspire, because they all think alike. The president of General Motors and the president of Chase Manhattan Bank really are not going to disagree much on anything, nor would the editor of the New York Times disagree with them. They all tend to think quite alike, otherwise they would not be in those jobs.
Gore Vidal
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
Paul Wellstone
I believe the playing field is rigged. Evidence of that is everywhere. Now I've been in the Senate for nearly a year and believe as strongly as ever that the system is rigged for powerful interests and against working families.
Elizabeth Warren
The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.
Bernie Sanders
It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members.
Jimmy Carter


2015 hough February 2016

Apr. 28 - New York - Richard Perry (Perry Capital)

Apr. 28 - New York - Doug Teitelbaum (Homewood Capital)

May 13 - New York - Steve Rattner (Willett Advisors/Quadrangle Group)

May 13 - New York - Marc Lasry (Avenue Capital Group)

May 28 - Atlanta - A.J. Johnson (Georgetown Capital)

Jun. 1 - New York - Silda Wall (New World Capital Group)

Jun. 5 - Greenwich, CT - Malcolm Weiner (Millburn Corp.)

Jun. 25 - New York - Karen Persichilli Keogh + Eric Giola (JP Morgan Chase)

Jun. 25 - New York - Blair Effron (Centerview Partners)

Jun. 29 - New York - Martin Sosnoff (Atalanta Sosnoff)

Jul. 1 - Washington - Patrick Steel (FBR Capital Markets)

Jul. 21 - Chicago - Rajiv Fernando (Chopper Trading)

Jul. 22 - Raleigh, NC - George Reddin (FMI Capital Advisors)

Aug. 4 - Aspen, CO - Robert Hurst (Crestview Partners/Goldman Sachs)

Sep. 17 - Chicago - J.B. Pritzker (Pritzker Group)

Sep. 19 - Washington - Frank White (DuSable Capital Management)

Sep. 24 - Cresskill, NJ - Michael Kempner (Pegasus Capital Advisors)

Sep. 25 - Greenwich, CT - Cliff + Debbie Robbins (Blue Harbor Group)

Sep. 28 - Saratoga, CA - Harry Plant (UBS)

Nov. 11 - New York - Howard Lutnick (Cantor Fitzgerald)

Nov. 17 - New York - Jay Snyder (HBJ Investments)

Nov. 30 - Chevy Chase, MD - Jerry Johnson (RLJ Equity Partners)

Dec. 1 - Miami Beach - Bob Wagner (Silver Point Capital/Goldman Sachs)

Dec. 3 - Los Angeles - Michael Kong (MAPTI Ventures)

Dec. 6 - Washington - Julius Genachowski (Carlyle/Rock Creek Ventures)

Dec. 11 - Chicago - Howard Gottlieb (Glen Eagle Partners/Glenwood)

Dec. 14 - Potomac, MD - Frank Islam (FI Investment Group)

Jan. 27 - Philadelpha - Michael Forman (Franklin Square Capital Partners)

Jan. 27 - New York - Charles Myers (Evercore Partners)

Feb. 5 - Boston - Jonathan Lavine (Bain Capital/Sankaty Advisors)

Feb. 16 - New York - Matt Mallow (BlackRock)

Hillary Clinton’s Speaking Fees 2013-2015

April 18, 2013, Morgan Stanley, Washington, DC, $225,000.00

April 24, 2013, Deutsche Bank, Washington, DC, $225,000.00

April 24, 2013, National Multi Housing Council, Dallas, TX, $225,000.00

April 30, 2013, Fidelity Investments, Naples, FL, $225,000.00

May 8, 2013, Gap, Inc., San Francisco, CA, $225,000.00

May 14, 2013, Apollo Management Holdings, LP, New York, NY, $225,000.00

May 16, 2013, Itau BBA USA Securities, New York, NY, $225,000.00

May 21, 2013,, Verizon Communications, Inc., Washington, DC, $225,000.00

May 29, 2013, Sanford C. Bernstein and Co., LLC, New York, NY, $225,000.00

June 4, 2013, The Goldman Sachs Group, Palmetto Bluffs, SC, $225,000.00

June 6, 2013Spencer Stuart, New York, NY, $225,000.00

June 16, 2013, Society for Human Resource Management, Chicago, IL, $285,000.00

June 17, 2013, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI, $225,000.00

June 20, 2013Boston Consulting Group, Inc., Boston, MA, $225,000.00

June 20, 2013, Let's Talk Entertainment, Inc., Toronto, Canada, $250,000.00

June 24, 2013, American Jewish University, University City, CA, $225,000.00

June 24, 2013, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company, LP,  Palos Verdes, CA, $225,000.00

July 11, 2013, UBS Wealth Management, New York, NY, $225,000.00

August 7, 2013, Global Business Travel Association, San Diego, CA, $225,000.00

August 12, 2013, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Las Vegas, NV, $225,000.00

September 18, 2013, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Chicago, IL, $225,000.00

September 19, 2013, American Society of Travel Agents, Inc., Miami, FL, $225,000.00

October 4, 2013, Long Island AssociationLong Island, NY, $225,000.00

October 15, 2013, National Association of Convenience StoresAtlanta, GA, $265,000.00

October 23, 2013, SAP Global Marketing, Inc.New York, NY, $225,000.00

October 24, 2013, Accenture, New York, NY, $225,000.00

October 24, 2013, The Goldman Sachs GroupNew York, NY, $225,000.00

October 27, 2013Beth El SynagogueMinneapolis, MN, $225,000.00

October 28, 2013Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, IL, $400,000.00

October 29, 2013The Goldman Sachs GroupTuscon, AZ, $225,000.00

November 4, 2013Mase Productions, Inc.Orlando, FL$225,000.00

November 4, 2013London Drugs, Ltd.Mississauga, ON$225,000.00

November 6, 2013Beaumont Health SystemTroy, MI$305,000.00

November 7, 2013Golden Tree Asset ManagementNew York, NY$275,000.00

November 9, 2013National Association of RealtorsSan Francisco, CA$225,000.00

November 13, 2013Mediacorp Canada, Inc.Toronto, Canada$225,000.00

November 14, 2013CB Richard Ellis, Inc.New York, NY$250,000.00

November 18, 2013CME GroupNaples, FL$225,000.00

November 18, 2013Press GaneyOrlando, FL$225,000.00

November 21, 2013U.S. Green Building CouncilPhiladelphia, PA$225,000.00

January 6, 2014GEBoca Raton, FL$225,500.00

January 27, 2014National Automobile Dealers AssociationNew Orleans, LA$325,500.00

January 27, 2014Premier Health AllianceMiami, FL$225,500.00

February 6, 2014Salesforce.comLas Vegas, NV$225,500.00

February 17, 2014Novo Nordisk A/SMexico City, Mexico$125,000.00

February 26, 2014Healthcare Information and Management Systems SocietyOrlando, FL$225,500.00

February 27, 2014A&E Television NetworksNew York, NY$280,000.00

March 4, 2014Association of Corporate Counsel - Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles, CA$225,500.00

March 5, 2014The Vancouver Board of Trade (Keystone Pipeline)Vancouver, Canada$275,500.00

March 6, 2014tinePublic Inc. (Keystone Pipeline)Calgary, Canada$225,500.00

March 13, 2014Pharmaceutical Care Management AssociationOrlando, FL$225,500.00

March 13, 2014Drug Chemical and Associated TechnologiesNew York, NY$250,000.00

March 18, 2014Xerox CorporationNew York, NY$225,000.00

March 18, 2014Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal (Keystone Pipeline)Montreal, Canada$275,000.00

March 24, 2014Academic PartnershipsDallas, TX$225,500.00

April 8, 2014Marketo, Inc.San Francisco, CA$225,500.00

April 8, 2014World Affairs CouncilPortland, OR$250,500.00

April 10, 2014Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc.Las Vegas, NV$225,500.00

April 10, 2014Let's Talk EntertainmentSan Jose, CA$265,000.00

April 11, 2014California Medical Association (via Satellite)San Diego, CA$100,000.00

May 6, 2014National Council for Behavorial HealthcareWashington, DC$225,500.00

June 2, 2014International Deli-Dairy-Bakery AssociationDenver, CO$225,500.00

June 2, 2014Let's Talk EntertainmentDenver, CO$265,000.00

June 10, 2014United Fresh Produce AssociationChicago, IL$225,000.00

June 18, 2014tinePublic Inc. (Keystone Pipeline)Toronto, Canada$150,000.00

June 18, 2014tinePublic Inc. (Keystone Pipeline)Edmonton, Canada$100,000.00

June 20, 2014Innovation Arts and EntertainmentAustin, TX$150,000.00

June 25, 2014Biotechnology Industry OrganizationSan Diego, CA$335,000.00

June 25, 2014Innovation Arts and EntertainmentSan Francisco, CA$150,000.00

June 26, 2014GTCRChicago, IL$280,000.00

July 22, 2014Knewton, Inc.San Francisco, CA$225,500.00

July 26, 2014AmeripriseBoston, MA$225,500.00

July 29, 2014Corning, Inc.Corning, NY$225,500.00

August 28, 2014Nexenta System, Inc.San Francisco, CA$300,000.00

August 28, 2014CiscoLas Vegas, NV$325,000.00

September 4, 2014Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLPSan Diego, CA$225,500.00

September 15, 2014Cardiovascular Research FoundationWashington, DC$275,000.00

October 2, 2014Commercial Real Estate Women NetworkMiami Beach, FL$225,500.00

October 6, 2014Canada 2020 (Keystone Pipeline)Ottawa, Canada$215,500.00

October 7, 2014Deutsche Bank AGNew York, NY$280,000.00

October 8, 2014Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)Chicago, IL$265,000.00

October 13, 2014Council of Insurance Agents and BrokersColorado Springs, CO$225,500.00

October 14, 2014Salesforce.comSan Francisco, CA$225,500.00

October 14, 2014Qualcomm IncorporatedSan Diego, CA$335,000.00

December 4, 2014Massachusetts Conference for WomenBoston, MA$205,500.00

January 21, 2015tinePublic Inc. (Keystone Pipeline)Winnipeg, Canada$262,000.00

January 21, 2015tinePublic Inc. (Keystone Pipeline)Saskatoon, Canada$262,500.00

January 22, 2015Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (Keystone Pipeline)Whistler, Canada$150,000.00

February 24, 2015Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for WomenSanta Clara, CA$225,500.00

March 11, 2015eBay Inc.San Jose, CA$315,000.00

March 19, 2015American Camping Association (J-1 Visa Program)Atlantic City, NJ$260,000.00


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