….because our definition is based on misunderstandings of how it started and how it is currently aborted.
The Greeks are held up as the originators…sure, but they had a slave economy to do the housework while the Senate discussed policy in a serious, well informed manner with little distraction.
Secondly, we currently have imposed the Party System with Whips to ensure that any people’s initiative is blocked or channeled into existing Party policy.
What we currently have is a Feudal system wherein the old-time Barons are replaced by Money-lenders and the peons are allowed to vote for their managers every few years. The definition of”by the people, for the people” is a scam