I never said the system isn't working. It's not working for your precious 'Joe Plebe'. Very big difference. The US is EXACTLY working how it's supposed to work, but only for a rather small minority of your population, those that have a hell of a lot of money, the less money you have, the worse the government and this 'democracy' of yours is for the people. And now consider how the income of people is dwindling, at a very rapid speed in the US and there is no sign, that this is coming back, the so called middle class. But for many people, the large majority, this system simply isn't beneficial (anymore). And that's a fact. Look at how the economy and society has degraded over the last few decades. A democracy is supposed to work, by representing the people, the majority, by making sure that they have the power and a voice. If people don't feel represented anymore, why should we believe that we're having a democratic process, beacuse there are ballots where you can make a cross? Voting between lesser of two evils here, is pretty much one of the worst defnitions I could think off when we're talking about a democracy - and yes, this is something that sadly happens in Europe as well, but at least Germany doesn't have basically what is a two party system. I find it sad, that we're defending this kind democratic concept always with this idea, well! We have only shitty choices, but we have at least choices! Like if I asked you if you want to have AIDS or Cancer, or if you give the frogs controll over the swamp and how to best drain it, is a democratic process. Go and look at the numbers, voting and trust in this so called 'democracy' is at an ALL TIME LOW(!), this is a VERY(!) dangerous evolution. There is an anecdote someone told me, about Tyrannos who was a head of state in Greece - no clue if it's true I wasn't able to find some references for it - Tyrannos took over the democratic state of Greece or Athen or something. And how has he achieved this? Because he moved in to the parliament with a group of people armed with clubs, because the population thought, there was no movement anymore, and the senators just serverd their own causes so they supported his cause beacuse in their mind a 'strong' leader was needed to solve the issue once and for all. I guess that's where the term Tyrant comes from, for the case the anecdote has any historical refence. More and more people associate democracy with politicans, and are seperated from the political and democratic process. For people in the rust belt, to use an example, it doesn't matter even one bit who tehy vote for, democrats or reps. And now you want to tell such people something about the fact, that they have at least a 'choice'. Good luck. Yes, Europe is currently doing better than the US as society. But not beacuse we would be the better people or something. No, this has in my opinion one very simple reason. Beacuse many states invested at some point in the 'Social State', where stability and a certain sense of equality in wealth was more important than liberal freedom at every cost, which also doesn't make you free by the way and is just a fancy word of saying, rich people need more shit and tax cuts - at least these days, the liberal idea which I actually support, doesn't exist anymore within the political elites. People that are to poor to even afford the minimum that is necessary for their living, while working their tails off, are a very dangerous demographic to any democratic society.