Even where it transcends grade school civics class brainwashing, votism will often persist in the form of buying the lie that elections equal democracy. But this is a lie, and would be even if there were actual “choices” in the elections. Of course, in practice we have no such choices, and our elections are just kangaroo elections, de facto one-party slates. You can vote for Monsanto or Monsanto, Wall Street or Wall Street, empire or empire, war or war, police state or police state…
But like I said, even if there were some choices, this would not be democracy. Here’s some theses on democracy. I recommend Lawrence Goodwyn’s The Populist Moment, especially the introduction, as a good introduction to how this applies in the American context.
*Democracy and hierarchy are antithetical.
*To the extent a society is hierarchical, it cannot be democratic, and vice versa. Zero sum.
*Democracy is direct political participation, citizen self-management, self-determination, actually controlling our own affairs.
*Hierarchy is any version of letting elites usurp and concentrate our sovereignty, our power, and then waiting for a dispensation from Our Leaders, Our Betters, from on high.
*”Representative” government is a version of hierarchy, and not a version of democracy. “Representative democracy” is a contradiction in terms.
[Compare how Franklin, as colonial agent in Britain, answered Grenville when asked about the “no taxation without representation” slogan. The patriots didn’t want representation, they wanted independence. (The second part of this wasn’t completely clear in 1765, but was implicit in the logic, which applies equally to the equally distant and fraudulent version of the British Parliament set up by the 1788 Constitution.) By definition, a patriot doesn’t want to be ruled by alien hierarchy, and therefore doesn’t want “representation”. He wants democracy. No other definition of the term can make any sense in the American context, the proclaimed principles of its founding.]
*Any version of hierarchy, including the “representative” version, is a version of the Fuhrerprinzip, “Leadership Principle”. This is the doctrine that self-constituted and self-alleged elites should monopolize power and assert control over the people. This is what we have in the US. The US is a hierarchical society. It is not a democratic society. This is the way these terms should be used.
*If you want a democratic society, if you are a citizen, if you are a patriot, you have to fight to abolish hierarchy.