ThisNation.com--Is the United States a democracy?
Karina Sengupta stashed this in Politics et al
Fantastic and Insightful, based on the Federalist Papers. Although not too sure how much I agree with the last part:
To the extent that the United States of America has moved away from its republican roots and become more "democratic," it has strayed from the intentions of the Constitution's authors. Whether or not the trend toward more direct democracy would be smiled upon by the Framers depends on the answer to another question. Are the American people today sufficiently better informed and otherwise equipped to be wise and prudent democratic citizens than were American citizens in the late 1700s? By all accounts, the answer to this second question is an emphatic "no."
I see your point. The American people today are not better informed.
Thank you for sharing this article; it is otherwise insightful.