Managerial Elite Theory

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The managerial-elite theory argues that the domain of power in society is controlled by a managerial elite. These managerial elite are few in numbers compared to the much larger mass which they have control over. The managerial elite are made up of three distinct groups, corporate elite, government elites, and the military elite. The president as well as top members of government are viewed as managerial elite. CEOs and board members are considered corporate managerial elite. Military elite are brass or generals/chiefs of staff. These three groups share a type of “give and take” system with each other to maintain a bureaucracy in American society. These main groups have a stratified position where those at the top hold all the power while …show more content…
This culture of compliance has left many silent to a self-serving system. This bureaucracy have power in both government and business as well as the military. In government it’s perpetuated by the education system which teaches that bureaucracy is efficacy which in fact is not true. The state however uses this system to promote their own self-interests and position in government to have more power/control. This later allows them the ability to help other elite both within government as well as the other two power elite groups. The government is able to install a sense of democracy, which every vote counts toward to choices made of who runs the state. This idea of mass participation is much more an illusion than a reality as voting itself is manipulated by mass advertising and the limiting of our choices, in example the two party system. This creation of egocentrism where the government self-servers those elite while ignoring the people who “got them into …show more content…
The military-industrial complex is one of the best examples of the managerial elite theory. In the film, Why We Fight, it’s explains how the corporate, military, and government elite use their power to further position, status, and profits of the managerial elite. When we went into Iraq looking for weapons of mass destruction it happened to correlate with the interest’s president bush and his cabinet whom had large investments in oil. Iraq just so happened to be a huge reserve of untapped oil. This is just the tip of the ice burg however. Dick Cheney the vice president at the time under Bush happened to have huge amounts of stock in Halliburton which served as one of the biggest military contractors for supplies and building. Just after our invasion of Iraq with the support and pushing from Cheney as well as others who had invest interest in oil and thus the invasion of Iraq Halliburton got contracts for oil refineries. This made stock in Halliburton sky rocket and made Cheney

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