4 phases of democracy

  1. Government: of the people, by the people, for the people.
  2. Plutocracy: of the wealthy, by the wealthy, for the wealthy.
  3. Kleptocracy: of the thieves, by the thieves, for the thieves.
  4. Military dictatorship: of the military, by the military, for the military.

We have been a plutocracy, rule by the 1%, for many years. With Donald Trump, we are about to join Russia and some other nations in an age of kleptocracy. Probably sooner rather later, we will overthrow the thieves and replace them with a military dictatorship. Witness all the generals in the incoming Trump administration.