The astounding power of "economic elites" (turns out we're not really democratic)Submitted by Dave7 on Sat, 04/19/2014 - 05:11
" “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.”
That’s the startling claim in a provocative new study: (http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materi...) by Martin Gilens of Princeton University and Benjamin I. Page of Northwestern University.
Many of us like to believe that popular opinion influences policymakers, at least indirectly. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. “The general public has little or no independent influence” on policymaking, the two political scientists found. "