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OLIGARCHY. This name is given to designate the power which a few citizens of a state have usurped, which ought by the constitution to reside in the people. Among the Romans the government degenerated several times into an oligarchy; for example, under the decemvirs, when they became the only magistrates in the commonwealth.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The sooner we are able to diversify and delve deeper into the debate on democracy, the better we will begin to see beyond the civil-military facade to realise that this praetorian oligarchy has found comfort in a strange undemocratic bargain that stands to benefit both; civilian political elite to retain its patronage structure, and establishment to expand its privilege.
In a TV interview, Sison, 79, said the Duterte administration was the 'worst manifestation of the oligarchy, much worse than the Marcos phenomenon.'
Jay Cost's new volume, The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy, attempts to account for Hamilton's and Madison's disagreements in what he argues are the competing philosophical values inherent in the constitutional order itself.
This was just another speaker, Nnadi, a lawyer by profession, cautioned that the advocacy for a new constitution should not be seen as opposition to the ruling government but a genuine and patriotic advocacy to move Nigeria forward, wondering why the northern oligarchy should be scared of restructuring each time it was raised.
This would not, however, have surprised Forrest Nabors, and that is the burden of his stupendously important new book, From Oligarchy to Republicanism, A professor of political science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Nabors has, in effect, presented us with the map to a mystery: why did the American republic, which had succeeded against all odds in achieving its independence from the world's greatest empire and then succeeded against even longer odds in perpetuating itself for generations, suddenly turn and plunge itself into a fratricidal bloodbath?
"But if Sargsyan's oligarchy leaves the country with the corruption capital, Armenia's very weak economy will once again be paralyzed, so the protesters will try not to allow this," the Azerbaijani MP said.
The slaveholding oligarchy was defeated in the Civil War.
They cannot launch a comprehensive revolution and completely replace the tripartite oligarchy by their democratic representatives.
We decry high taxes on the middle class and the poor, and the ostentatious and exploitative lives of the oligarchy. Duterte meanwhile rolled out a "tax reform" plan that lowered taxes for the oligarchy and the wealthiest while burdening the poor with higher and new tax burdens.
presidency was more than an endorsement of his politics -- it was a rejection of the perceived oligarchy that much of the country has felt ignored and excluded by.
To secure victory and ward off a Communist Party comeback, he formed an unholy alliance with the oligarchy, setting the stage for today's regime in Russia.