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Democracy has been bastardized over the past 150+ years to the extent that governments are now effectively nothing more than organized criminal organizations. Police serve as the enforcing arm of these organizations.

In the US 150+ years ago democracy meant "rule of white men." I'd say it has improved in that regard.

Insofar as representative democracy is concerned, it has always fundamentally incurred the inefficiencies caused by the principal-agent problem and diseconomies of scale. This might have been a reasonable trade-off before the advent of modern communication infrastructure, but the model is highly anachronistic by now. The fact that electoral districts operate under a majoritarian basis ensuring party dichotomy per Duverger's law then only makes the case even worse.

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