According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists. Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that
rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the
direction of the country, regardless of – or even against – the will of
the majority of voters. America’s political system has transformed from a
democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites.
How did we lose our democracy? Were the Founding Fathers remiss in
leaving something out of the Constitution? Or have we simply gotten too
big to be governed by majority vote?
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Scott Baker is a Managing Editor & The Economics Editor at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post, Daily Kos, and Global Economic Intersection.
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