E.J. Dionne reports that
While the United States wages war to expand democracy around the world, how is our own democracy doing? Not very well, says a group of distinguished scholars.
“[T]he voices of American citizens are raised and heard unequally,” declares a task force of the American Political Science Association. “The privileged participate more than others and are increasingly well organized to press their demands on government. Public officials, in turn, are much more responsive to the privileged than to average citizens and the least affluent.”