Well said. Couldn't agree more. People are too easily led by false promises and can't see through blatant lies.Does democracy work when stupid people can vote? I'm not talking about people who support different ideologies that you may or may not agree with, I'm talking about stupid people.
At the last General Election in the UK, we saw two approaches. Party A had a simple, inane, stupid three word slogan that they repeated again and again and again. Party B tried to bribe voters with giveaway policies announced almost every day, free this and free that. It's been said that the electorate saw through this but perhaps it's just a case that more stupid people were attracted to A than to B.
At the Brexit vote, one side lied but with a simple message while the other side were complacent and divided with a complex message. Stupid people opted for the simple message
In the US, Trump aimed for the stupid vote with a stupid message and won.
Throughout Europe, extremist parties of Left and Right have made gains with stupid messages making stupid promises that they couldn't keep but more and more stupid people voted for them.
So have the parties pretty much figured out how to get votes - appeal to the stupid?
Is there a system that ensures clever people like us CCers get more influence? Are the Russian and Chinese systems of "elected" dictatorships better for the population as a whole?