A response to Justin Purchin’s letter (Jan. 20) about our greedy politicians and loss of democracy:
Greed and stupidity are the hallmarks of governments everywhere, but remember, all those politicians people complain about were put there by Americans voters in what are relatively open, honest elections. Numerous studies that go back decades consistently show American voters to be quite ignorant, relative to European voters, about issues, the candidates or the workings of our government. It seems that it is always only 2 percent to 5 percent who know enough to vote intelligently. And it isn’t just lack of information. All manner of violations of the rules of logic and deductive and inductive reasoning are exhibited by voters in defending their positions.
Polls also show that most Americans are more interested in naively trying to join the richest 1 percent, rather than work for a more democratic society.
As long as these cultural conditions prevail, our government will reflect the society that put them there.
Our same system — a capitalist republic — is the system our government is now fostering on basically tribal societies that our armies have overrun in the Middle East. The result: Iraq and Afghanistan are shaping up to be two of the most corrupt governments on earth.