Representative democracy (or bourgeoisie democracy, and sometimes incorrectly called a Republic) is the type of democracy usually adhered to in capitalist nations. Parliamentary democracy removes the actual decision-making process from the public sphere and instead, each person is given a vote as to who they think should be the authoritive ruler. It is however a greatly flawed system under capitalism for several reasons. Firstly, the most rich and powerful power contestants generally have most access to the mass media which creates a biased pedestal in the sphere of public election debate. Secondly, since capitalist economies generally advocate small government and greater involvement by the private sector then governments are for the most part unnaccountable for the industries and services which generally effect voters' lives anyway.
According to Christopher Hitchens, speaking when he was a leftist, the “essence of American politics” is “the manipulation of populism by elitism.”
- ↑ Capitalism Magazine
- ↑ http://www.zcommunications.org/obama-s-sinister-silence-in-the-year-of-the-protestor-by-paul-street "Obama’s Sinister Silence in the Year of the Protestor"] commentary by Paul Street in Zspace, December 21, 2011, accessed December 26, 2011, not the original source, nor is this:Against the Manipulation of Populism by Elitism" article, by Paul Street, October 15, 2011, Znet
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