A Princeton University study claims that American democracy no longer exists:
Page argues that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power.
This is true. The article’s reference to the past few decades may be a reference to the major change inspired by the Reagan administration and Margaret Thatcher. I argue this to be a negative change. The American democracy today, or Capitalism and the overall system in America as a whole, is not as effective in treating the citizens of the United States as human beings with basic rights that come with living a good life in comparison to decades past.
Evidence of the negative changes in our way of life can be shown from comedian Lewis Black’s Broadway performance. He shares with the audience how the quality of water has changed from 25 years ago until now:
“The central point that emerges from our research is that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy,” they write, “while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence.”
The election system seems built on money. It is a realistic perception to see that ordinary citizens seem to not show any influence on their choice of a presidential candidate in comparison to the Corporations investing in people like Hilary Clinton or any mediocre candidate enslaved in the system: Republican or Democratic party.
The researches note that this is not a new development caused by, say, recent Supreme Court decisions allowing more money in politics, such as Citizens United or this month’s ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC. As the data stretching back to the 1980s suggests, this has been a long term trend, and is therefore harder for most people to perceive, let alone reverse.
As mentioned earlier, the Reagan administration was running the United States in almost the whole decade of the 1980s. Looking through all the major problems in this country, the patterns seem to interconnect with that administration. It seems like an unfortunate situation to bring true democracy back to this country, but I believe an empire will eventually fall. The corruption is getting so much more obvious to citizens over time. I am optimistically looking forward to that day to come just as the Roman Empire fell. We must show extraordinary resilience to the Capitalist system that has greatly affected true democracy, and fight back (nonviolently, of course). We must speak the truth to the greedy and powerful.
“Ordinary citizens,” they write, “might often be observed to ‘win’ (that is, to get their preferred policy outcomes) even if they had no independent effect whatsoever on policy making, if elites (with whom they often agree) actually prevail.”
Unfortunately, not many citizens look at the same ideas that I am sharing. There are people who continue to support the system. How can some citizens choose to narrow their ideas down to the most basic? In other words, how can we just borrow the ideas heard from media sources (radio, mainstream news network, and the newspaper) that preach the same beliefs as the Republican and Democratic candidates? We can do much better than that, and some of the contributing ways to stray away from the systematic indoctrination is good education.