The Power Elite is comprised of the dominant individuals in a society who dominate positions from the dominant institutions of the corporations, military, and the political entities of society. From the giant 200 to 300 corporations which institute and control the global economy. A strong federal political order that has inherited power from decentralized individualistic autonomous states within a union to a universal system of societal control. The military establishment that once was state-run militias has become a bureaucratic domain for ensuring its power around the earth by force as its own sprawling industry organized as a enforcer of the Military Industrial Complex. Below the Power Elite are local opinion leaders, the Legislative branch of government, and special interest groups. Underneath, at the bottom, are the unorganized exploited masses. The Power Elite makes use of influence, force, and power to insure its will throughout the world, corrupting and exploiting underdeveloped societies. It renders rational-legal authority as well as democracy inept for the power elite resembles that of an oligarchy, that being of the Bourgeoisie ruling over the Proletariat.
The Authority of Force
Half of the USA’s annual budget goes towards military spending, 55% of our budget goes to military, armed forces, and national security endeavors proving there’s money to be made in the “Department of Defense” hence the business of war, weapons, and neocolonial exploitation which drives the Military Industrial Complex. The irony of the Military Industrial Complex is that its first opponent was a Republican President and the first ever Five Star General who led our forces during WWII, a tactician of military might and greatness being an honorable human being, a Five Star General turned President, the 34th elected executive leader of the USA, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the one who coined the term, “Military Industrial Complex,” and was the forerunner of opposing this bureaucratic warmongering business. He was outspoken critically in warning the American People of such a thing and wrote extensively about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex. The Military Industrial Complex is one piece of the Unholy Trinity known as the Power Elite.
The Authority of Influence
The Next Wing of the Power Elite in this infernal trio are the Corporations, the Corporations are paid back triple in subsidies from what they paid in taxes, the 200–300 ruling class corporations don’t even pay taxes, only their workers and laborers do such a thing for they are exempt. The Corporations in the Power Elite influence our Democratic Representatives of our nation who ensure laws that benefit them and only them. These textbook definition, bureaucratic 200–300 Corporate entities have most of their global factories placed in impoverished underdeveloped nations for the exploitation of poverty class wages, they exploit the underdeveloped nations labor laws so safety isn’t regarded neither is the age of the employee taken into consideration, they exploit the resources of the underdeveloped nations lands for filibustering with the local corrupt government whether it be a bureaucracy or a dictatorship, it matters not for birds of a feather flock together.
The Authority of Power