Remember that study saying America is an oligarchy? 3 rebuttals say it’s wrong. – Vox


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  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    Vox’s gimmick is reporting the counter-intuitive, conventional-wisdom-turned-on-its-head “insight” of someone (often Yglesias or his fellow Voxxers) with slick graphics, and I’ve not noticed that in so doing they are correct any more than the machinations of chance would suggest.

    Consequently, the appropriate reaction to Vox’s headline (suggesting that those of us who have fretted about an oligarchical takeover of our government might actually relax about that concern) would be to deepen one’s concern that there has, in fact, been an oligarchical takeover of our government.Report

    • Avatar greginak says:

      Well you could pitch that idea to Slate.Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg says:

      This is a pretty spot-on description of the problems with the Gilens-Page paper. The media have been eating it up because it told then what they wanted to hear, but I’ve seen it getting ripped hard across the ideological spectrum for its questionable data analysis. The paper itself was weak, and the credulous media coverage has been absolutely atrocious.Report

  2. Avatar Damon says:

    The vox article had a lot of “middle class and rich got their way nearly the same amount” kinda writing. But it’s the policy implementation that’s the real driver, and that’s where money can be used most effectively.Report