America’s mishandling of democracy is undermining the potential of democracy as a force for good in the world. That mishandling has much to do with an overwhelming force existing in this society that intentionally makes democracy stupid. It is called capitalism and it is an economic system for the few predicated on the stupidity of the many. That few are able to insure stupidity by dominating most all elements of education–the schools, the media–stupidity essential to making sales. Religion is a companion force, a tool. Whereas in a democracy of merit, the democratic process controls the economic system, in the American system, the economic system is in control of all aspects of the decision making process and it is not at all democratic.