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The most terrifying graph on democracy is a flat line

Is America becoming an oligarchy where the average citizens has little to no power? New research shows average Americans have little to no sway on the political process unless their views happen to line up with those of economic elites or special interest groups. That research includes a very simple graph that Ezra Klein can’t seem to stop thinking about. It’s a graph, he says in video above, that should make Americans question whether they really live in a democracy at all.

For more on the study by political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Paige that the graph comes from, see our article here.