Oligarchy, patriarchy, monarchy

All are designed to assign authority on the basis of heritage, rather than performance. The U.S. corporateocracy is on shaky ground because the guardians of the natural resource base on which power rests is liable to being arrogated by the public at any time.

Russia, like Japan, has an imitative culture. Oligarchs are merely following the pattern in a shorter amount of time that was set on the North American continent in the three hundred years after Europeans arrived.