Excessive Wealth Flows to the Government

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Excessive wealth flowing directly to the highly centralized state does allow governments to provide a variety of services, such as education and health care, without having to tax the people. These benefits, however, do come with strings attached. Little to no taxation puts the people in a poor position to demand representation from their governments. Citizens have not even developed “expectations of accountability” for their rulers, because they have not required that the people pay taxes, (Diamond, 2010. pg 98). Regimes, therefore, have their justification for autocratic rule, paid for in full by oil money. This results in an incredibly weak and un-empowered civil society. Governments are able to circumvent if not entirely ignore traditional checks on political authority simply because their economic gains have made them stronger than other social forces, (Tetreault, 2013.pg 259-60). In addition to keeping the general public on the low end of the socioeconomic scale, oil money allows regimes to build incredibly strong, impressive security states. Governments can afford various forms of surveillance, such as secret police, as well as coercion, control of the media and any other measures they deem necessary to help keep them in power. (Diamond, 2010. pg 98). These mechanisms provide them with the ability to enforce their rigid and controlling policies that prevent citizens from effectively taking steps toward democracy. Once the U.S. aligned itself with Middle Eastern
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