A democracy with a declining relationship between the will of the people and the government -
- “According to the Pew Research Centre, public trust in government has been on a steady downward trend since shortly after the September 11th attacks in 2001,” the report notes.
These findings largely confirm the growing body of research that suggests that the US government’s actions do not reflect its constituents’ views. As Gilens and Page explain, public opinion has strikingly little influence on the policy that actually makes it out of Washington. That’s poor footing for a democratic government and it helps to explain why trust in the political system continues to fall.
But this is an issue that has a number of roots. “Major political events over many decades have damaged confidence: the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, the Iraq wars, the financial crisis in 2008-09 and repeated federal government shutdowns,” the Economist Intelligence Unit writes, tacking on rising income inequality as another contributing factor.
- September 11 - increase civil liberties, reduce fear and phobia, increase human rights - structurally.
- Iraq War - shift to a renewable energy hydrogen economy 
- 2008 Financial crisis - shift Ivy Leages to cultivating careers based on autonomy, mastery, and purpose instead of working on Wall Street. In general discourage the worship of money.