What if the country is no longer a democracy at all?

Professor Wolin declares that managed democracy is a new form of government, a totalitarian government.

Capitalist elite have merged with governmental powers to create totalitarianism.

Instead of an active role, the people are spectators, – a mere matter of political puppets, the audience of American Idol – who vote, but are not part of the process.  [review]

Yes, one could blame it all on cluelessness.