A long thread of sociological research documents the existence of a dominant ruling class in the United States,
which sets policy and determines national political priorities. The
American ruling class is complex and inter-competitive, maintaining itself through interacting families of high social standing who have similar life styles, corporate affiliations and memberships in elite social clubs and private schools.
The American ruling class has long been determined to be mostly self-perpetuating maintaining its influence through policy-making institutions such as the National Manufacturing Association, National Chamber of Commerce, Business Council,Business Roundtable, Conference Board, American Enterprise Institute, Council on Foreign Relations and other business-centered policy groups. These associations have long dominated policy decisions within the US government.
Today the ruling class is made up almost entirely of Neo-Conservatives who we can properly call the Global Dominance Group.
Leo Strauss, Albert Wohlstetter and others at the University of Chicago working in the Committee on Social Thought have been widely credited for promoting the neo-conservative agenda through their students, Paul Wolfowitz, Allan Bloom and Bloom's student Richard Perle. Adbuster summed up neo-conservatism as:
"The belief that Democracy, however flawed, was best defended by an ignorant public pumped on nationalism and religion. Only a militantly nationalist state could deter human aggression ...Such nationalism requires an external threat and if one cannot be found it must be manufactured.
Excerpts from "The Global Dominance Group: 9/11 Pre-Warnings & Election Irregularities in Context
" by Peter Phillips, Bridget Thornton and Celeste Vogler at the link below.http://www.projectcensored.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Global_Dominance_Group.pdf