A lovely analysis. Not sure about your a priori assumption that (a) most people can learn to recognize these tricks and therefore (b) democracy can be rendered a little less unfit for purpose. If you’re interested in why representative democracy needs to be replaced with something more adequate you can take a look at my summary article Why Democracy Failed. Turns out, Plato was right (except for his prescription, which is hopelessly naive).

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