I think oligarchy and meritocracy would probably be a better system, instead of having Fox News and MSNBC mold public opinion, which in turn molds policy. It just smacks of hypocrisy when people bemoan the intelligence of the random voter and then demand more democratic policies, structures, and institutions. Why? So the dumb can lead us? We should probably start with education first, if that's what we're dedicated to sticking with.