The Structure of America’s Aristocratic Class

Eric Zuesse (blogs at

The four centers of America’s ruling class are the Democratic Party’s super-rich in California, which is the high-tech-and-Hollywood, or Silicon Valley (venture capital) and propaganda, center; versus the Republican Party’s super-rich in Texas, which remains the fossil-fuels center; plus both Parties’ super-rich in Virginia near DC, which is the military-industrial-governmental complex, or basically the weapons-producing and lobbying center; plus the greater NYC metropolitan area including Greenwich Connecticut, all of it comprising the megabanks and private investment funds for billionaires and centi-millionaires, which is the center for finance, opposite to the venture capital network around Stanford University in California — the old money versus the new money. (However, actually, much of the billion-dollar-plus personal wealth even on the West Coast is second-generation or older inherited fortunes; and, so, the only differences between America’s and Europe’s aristocracies are nominal ones, such as America’s using no official titles such as “Duke,” “Earl,” “Lord,” or “Sir.” It is just as much an aristocracy, or “ruling class,” though having no need of a monarch.)

When the U.S. Government acts internationally, such as diplomatically or militarily, these are the individuals whom it is representing, and to whom their subjects contribute taxes so as to fund those operations on behalf of their aristocracy in order to earn the public honor of serving in and for this Government.

Where this Government acts in concert with its colonies (‘allies’), they split the take. This likewise is similar to the European model of colonialism — it is an arrangement between the imperial aristocracy and the colonial aristocracy, to function as one in regards to that colony, because this cooperative operation facilitates both aristocracies to extract wealth from that local population. (Of course, in addition, the imperial U.S. aristocracy extracts wealth from its own population, just as its subordinate aristocracies do from theirs; so, only America’s aristocracy gets to extract taxes from not only its own subjects but also from a portion of the taxes that its colonial subjects pay to theirs. This helps to sustain the U.S. Government as being the imperial center. As U.S. Presidents Clinton, Obama, and Biden, have said, all nations except for America are “dispensable”; only the imperial nation is not — and, of course, any nation that is outside the empire is a target of the empire to be brought into the empire by means of subterfuge, subversion, sanctions, coups, and — where necessary — invasions; so, they are even worse off.)

The entire present U.S. Government was established by a decision that U.S. President Harry Truman made on 25 July 1945, for the U.S. Government — and not as President FDR had intended the United Nations — to take control over international relations after WW2. What Truman instituted on that date (the coming U.S. emppire) is now promoted by the entire U.S. empire as being “the international rules-based order,” in order gradually to free the U.S. Government from any and all international laws that have been or will be promulgated by the United Nations and its Security Council and General Assembly, so that gradually, and increasingly, the U.S. Government will be announcing its “rules,” and it and its colonies will be enforcing them, while the U.N. simply withers away. At least, that’s the plan. It’s the plan to undo totally FDR’s plan. His plan is now being advocated by only the Governments of Russia and of China, in their joint statements about and advocating for “a multipolar world”; however, FDR had already (during the four-plus years between August 1941 till his death on 12 April 1945) planned it with much greater specificity than they have yet done. Nonetheless, even with FDR, it was still a work-in-progress, right up till the time of his death. But, regardless, I believe that China and Russia will be more successful in The West at promoting their shared vision for the future international order if they will present it as being more in accord with what the inventor of the U.N. (FDR) had planned (and you can see additional details on that here), than is the weakened version of that (the U.N. as a powerless talking-forum) which was instituted under his successor, President Truman’s, leadership.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s latest book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.

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