Monday, December 15, 2014
The Accurate Elitist Theory
I completely agree with Mill's Elitist theory and how the government is controlled by the certain top population and positions. As much as some people may wish to deny it, the government is greatly controlled and influenced the The Big Three: the rulers of big corporations, the runners of state machinery, and the military leaders. As Mills said, these people are the ones who are in the positions that allow them to have control in the government. In a way, what Alyse and Kayla all said is true, there are many interest groups and famous figures that can have an influence on policy-making within the government. However, in no way is their power close to the impact of the big three. There is even other institutions that Mills mentions that Susan mentioned and that I found very interesting and reasonable, "Religious, educational, and family institutions are not autonomous centers of national power...Families and churches and schools adapt to modern life; governments and armies and corporations shape it" (Mills 73). The reason this was interesting to me is because if one thinks about it, the things he says after this one statement are surprisingly accurate. For example, the excerpt talks about how a man is brought up in a certain family, school, or religion, but even after these institutions have an impact on the man's life, the state he lives in, the job he lives off of, and the army that disciplines him will still affect him the most because they set the guidelines in rules through their power in the government. Another interesting point was how people can feel the impact of this theory. The people live through times where big decisions are made during crisis's within the nation and even everyday policy decisions. However, they see these decisions being made, but know that the people are not the ones making the decisions. This is because the elite of power is taking care of that. One perfect example provided was how the bomb on Japan was dropped and though everyone knew about it, the people were never asked their opinion. This is tricky because the people are the ones that are supposed to hold the most power, not ht elite. All in all, these are just a few good points made to prove the elitist theory.