Why is democracy considered good when most voters are incapable of critical thinking and easily manipulated?

Democracy in China

People often ask, “Why is democracy considered to be a good system of government when most voters are not capable of critical thinking and are in fact easily manipulated?”

Democracy is an aspiration, not a system, that aspires to government of the people, by the people, for the people.

Western elites consider Athenian Democracy–which is really Roman republicanism–the best form of government because most voters are not capable of critical thinking and are in fact easily manipulated. Western elites support ‘democracy’ because it allows them to manipulate and exploit entire populations. They manipulate us into believing that we are participating in a democracy when both research and common sense tell us that we are not.

Political Science Professors Gilens and Page found that ‘the preferences of the average American appear to have a near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy’ as they showed in their exhaustive 2017 study Democracy in America?:

“the best evidence indicates that the wishes of ordinary Americans…have…little or no impact on the making of federal government policy. Wealthy individuals and organized interest groups—especially business corporations—have…much more political clout…the general public [is] … virtually powerless . . . The will of majorities is…thwarted by the affluent and the well-organized, who block popular policy proposals and enact special favors for themselves . . …Majorities of Americans favor specific policies designed to deal with such problems as climate change, gun violence, an untenable immigration system, inadequate public schools, and crumbling bridges and highways . . Large majorities of America favor various programs to help provide jobs, increase wages, help the unemployed, provide universal medical insurance, ensure decent retirement pensions, and pay for such programs with progressive taxes. Most Americans also want to cut ‘corporate welfare.’ Yet the wealthy, business groups, and structural gridlock have mostly blocked such new policies [and programs].

..government policy…reflects the wishes of those with money, not the wishes of the millions of ordinary citizens who turn out every two years to choose among the preapproved, money-vetted candidates for federal office”. “When citizens are relatively equal [economically], politics has tended to fairly democratic. When a few individuals hold enormous amounts of wealth, democracy suffers.”

The two conclude 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: “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.” (Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy, Talking Points memo, 4.18.2014. )Martin Gilens and Benjamin
China’s idea of democracy is quite different from the Western idea, as President Xi recently explained, “Democracy is not just for decoration or sloganeering. Democracy is for solving problems.

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