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Is the American Democratic civilization dying? Why are our electors no longer listening to their constituents? Is plutocracy ruling the US?

Question: Is the American civilization dying? Are we, in reality, being ruled by a plutocracy? Is mankind doomed as a species because we, ignorantly, believe we are the superior species on this planet and have the capacity to control everything? Yes or no to these heavy questions from a 76 year old codger.

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    Aug 27 2013: Nothing will change until the structure itself is changed. Modern day "representative" democracy's top-down structure is only slightly different from the monarchies, aristocracies, military juntas, dictatorships and priesthoods that democracy was supposed to replace.

    As long as small groups of individuals promoting their own open or hidden agendas - namely political parties and the backroom deal makers that control the parties - are able to seize control of the political decision making process of nations we will never see an end to the sort of arrogant, self-righteous and small minded governance that has becomes the norm in modern day politics.

    Direct Democracy and Participatory Democracy eliminates the top down hierarchy and creates a level playing field which puts the decision making squarely in the hands of those who are to be governed. DD and PD are the best alternatives we have to these top down hierarchies if, in fact, we are really interested in improving and promoting democracy.

    But a direct and participatory system of decision making means we - the voters - have to become informed and involved in the issues, the discussions and the decision making. Yes it can be a time consuming, annoying and often frustrating process but that is the PRICE of democracy.

    Otherwise we should just shut up and accept the abuse of office that is also the norm of modern day politics because we are simply too lazy or too indifferent to care. .
    • Aug 28 2013: Direct democracy and participatory democracy? Direct, participatory democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for supper.

      Direct participation would in no way force people to become informed or even to participate, unless done at gunpoint. Most people will either not bother or will "participate" on their whims and opinions.

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