Article here, found via Slashdot:
US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study
Um. It's supposed to be a republic, not a democracy. Not the same thing. A true democracy is not consistent with a Constitution that constrains government powers, because
Constitutional provisions that curtail the legislative power to govern in this area unquestionably do more harm than good.
(My, how useful that magic phrase is!)
So, try this one: it's an oligarchy, not a republic. This is even worse, because the government is supposed to be subject to well-defined, published, and well-understood laws, and in fact it has a longstanding practice of interpreting those laws out of existence when they don't fit the agenda of the ruling class.
And just watch the collectivists (I should know; I was one of them, back in my college days) proclaim that their agenda is what the Median Voter wants, and that we need even bigger government, plus some form of divine intervention, to make it happen.
In fact, big-money oligarchy is the inevitable result of centralized government with power to mess with the economy. Were the Tenth Amendment in effect, there would be little incentive for businessmen to buy the federal government.