Education. That's what everything boils down to for any civil and social construction. A substantive, unbiased exchange of information that increases awareness would not enable self-serving profit-maximizers to delude the majority into voting against health care for all, when we need curtail the spread of pandemics such as AIDS and swine flu. An unbiased, non-specifically sequenced liberal education (as of that at the elementary, primary and secondary "brain partitioning" years) is essential for a democratic republic to function properly.
To the contrary, all we need to witness is the economic fiasco wrought by supply-sided Reaganomics unbridling the profit-maximizing greed that derailed our market-driven capital good with environmental destruction. Its lopsided apportioning has infected our judicial and electoral leadership enough to usurp Constitutionally enumerated local jurisdiction of gun laws, as it has in Washington, D.C.
A government's raisone d'tre is to bestow justice among its adherents. In a democracy, that anticipates a solid intellectual foundation wherein the populace can make reasoned choices; the core of which is a liberal education.
John S. Sonin