So Much for Democracy


Americans seem to think that they are citizens of a self-governing democracy.  Actually, democratic self-government is not possible in a regime where

  • immense wealth and influence are concentrated in a few hands
  • an unelected, irresponsible, and heavily biased mass media control public discourse
  • the political process is dominated by advertising men
  • the population is rapidly changing from the massive immigration of foreigners
  • the most important decisions are made by courts and the executive rather than the lawmakers
  • much of government activity is secret
  • much of the public has a childish attention span
  • the education system turns out large numbers of people who lack both genuine learning and common sense, who think they are more intelligent and knowledgeable than they are.
Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson

Clyde N. Wilson is the Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History at the University of South Carolina and a Contributing Editor to Chronicles. Dr. Wilson is best known as the editor of the 28-volume documentary edition of The Papers of John C. Calhoun. He is the author or editor of a dozen other books—including Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of James Johnston Pettigrew and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture—and has published over 700 articles, essays, and reviews. He is also the co-owner of Shotwell Publishing.

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