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  • So there were various processes in the basic set-up that allowed for change, such as the election of officials that, at the end of the day, could override the wishes of the functional oligarchy of wealthy elites if enough nonelite Glatun felt it necessary.†   (source)
  • We cannot successfully advance the cause of popular democracy and at the same time align ourselves with corrupt and reactionary oligarchies...   (source)
  • This is, without discussion, the earliest-known occasion on which the Oligarchy was so designated.   (source)
  • Many political theorists believe there is an iron law of oligarchy that all forms of organization will eventually develop tendencies to be ruled by the few.
  • The Rangora are that oddest of ducks, a functional military-dominated oligarchy.†   (source)
  • This would lead directly to an aristocracy or an oligarchy.†   (source)
  • This objection to the Constitution suggests an oligarchy will develop.†   (source)
  • "LOOK UP 'OLIGARCHY' IN THE DICTIONARY IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I MEAN: 'A FORM OF GOVERNMENT IN WHICH THE POWER IS VESTED IN A FEW PERSONS OR IN A DOMINANT CLASS OR CLIQUE; GOVERNMENT BY THE FEW" But there were other issues of "government" that captured everyone's attention at the time; even Owen was distracted from the decision-making capacities of the new headmaster.†   (source)
  • The families of the oligarchy forgot all about the barrel organ, and Marcos became the star attraction of the season.†   (source)
  • Critias, first among an oligarchy known as the "Thirty Tyrants," led the second bloody revolt against the restored Athenian democracy in 404.†   (source)
  • The product of Alba's thefts wound up in the hands of Miguel, who distributed it in poor neighborhoods and in factories, along with his revolutionary pamphlets calling on the people to join in an armed struggle to bring down the oligarchy.†   (source)
  • Although the Thirty normally used their own gang of thugs for such duties, the oligarchy asked Socrates to arrest Leon of Salamis so that he might be executed and his assets appropriated.†   (source)
  • The previous month, the Glatun Council of Benefactors, the oligarchy that made most of the major decisions for the Glatun government, had agreed to cede to the Rangora strategic control over fifteen uninhabited solar systems.†   (source)
  • There was a great uproar over the attempt on his life, and before Severo could do anything to stop it, an announcement appeared in the opposition paper in which veiled accusations were made against the oligarchy and it was asserted that the conservatives were even capable of this act, because they could not forgive Severo del Valle for throwing his lot in with the liberals despite his social class.†   (source)
  • It had long been realized that the only secure basis for oligarchy is collectivism.†   (source)
  • We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing.†   (source)
  • All past oligarchies have fallen from power either because they ossified or because they grew soft.†   (source)
  • The power of the State is exercised without restraint, either by dictators or by compact oligarchies operating through a privileged party and a political police.†   (source)
  • The power of the State is exercised without restraint, either by dictators or by compact oligarchies operating through a privileged party and a political police.†   (source)
  • He did not see that the continuity of an oligarchy need not be physical, nor did he pause to reflect that hereditary aristocracies have always been shortlived, whereas adoptive organizations such as the Catholic Church have sometimes lasted for hundreds or thousands of years.†   (source)
  • It'd had more generations in which to form an oligarchy of respectability.†   (source)
  • The city, which was owned by an oligarchy of businessmen, being nominally ruled by the people, a huge army of graft was necessary for the purpose of effecting the transfer of power.†   (source)
  • It embodies the heavy dignity of those Victorian financiers who ruled the generation between the pioneers and the brisk "sales-engineers" and created a somber oligarchy by gaining control of banks, mills, land, railroads, mines.†   (source)
  • I want a democratic power strong enough to force the intellectual oligarchy to use its genius for the general good or else perish.†   (source)
  • It is the Harry Haydocks, the Dave Dyers, the Jackson Elders, small busy men crushingly powerful in their common purpose, viewing themselves as men of the world but keeping themselves men of the cash-register and the comic film, who make the town a sterile oligarchy.†   (source)
  • To style the oligarchy which ruled over France in 1793 by that name would be to offer an insult to the republican form of government.†   (source)
  • I think that even such a government would not differ very much from the outline I have drawn in the chapter to which this note belongs, and that it would retain none of the fierce characteristics of a military oligarchy.†   (source)
  • It is an odious aristocracy; a hateful oligarchy of sex; the most hateful aristocracy ever established on the face of the globe; an oligarchy of wealth, where the rich govern the poor.†   (source)
  • It is well understood here, that by the words Venice, England, we designate not the peoples, but social structures; the oligarchies superposed on nations, and not the nations themselves.†   (source)
  • An oligarchy of learning, where the educated govern the ignorant, or even an oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex, which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters, of every household - which ordains all men sovereigns, all women subjects, carries dissension, discord, and rebellion into every home of the nation.†   (source)
  • The Spartans held Athens and Thebes, establishing there an oligarchy, nevertheless they lost them.†   (source)
  • But when the oligarchy of the Thirty was in power, they sent for me and four others into the rotunda, and bade us bring Leon the Salaminian from Salamis, as they wanted to put him to death.†   (source)
  • …GOVERN CITIES OR PRINCIPALITIES WHICH LIVED UNDER THEIR OWN LAWS BEFORE THEY WERE ANNEXED Whenever those states which have been acquired as stated have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom, there are three courses for those who wish to hold them: the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you.†   (source)
  • Tyranny And Oligarchy, But Different Names Of Monarchy, And Aristocracy There be other names of Government, in the Histories, and books of Policy; as Tyranny, and Oligarchy: But they are not the names of other Formes of Government, but of the same Formes misliked.†   (source)
  • The countenance of the government may become more democratic, but the soul that animates it will be more oligarchic.†   (source)
  • And when the same men shall be displeased with those that have the administration of the Democracy, or Aristocracy, they are not to seek for disgraceful names to expresse their anger in; but call readily the one Anarchy, and the other Oligarchy, or the Tyranny Of A Few.†   (source)
  • Whilst the objection itself is levelled against a pretended oligarchy, the principle of it strikes at the very root of republican government.†   (source)
  • For they that are discontented under Monarchy, call it Tyranny; and they that are displeased with Aristocracy, called it Oligarchy: so also, they which find themselves grieved under a Democracy, call it Anarchy, (which signifies want of Government;) and yet I think no man believes, that want of Government, is any new kind of Government: nor by the same reason ought they to believe, that the Government is of one kind, when they like it, and another, when they mislike it, or are…†   (source)
  • The private attachments of one man might easily be satisfied; but to satisfy the private attachments of a dozen, or of twenty men, would occasion a monopoly of all the principal employments of the government in a few families, and would lead more directly to an aristocracy or an oligarchy than any measure that could be contrived.†   (source)
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