Subversions of the democratic process in the U.S.

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There have been various dangers and subversions to an open and accountable democratic process identified in the United States. Depending on one's point of view, these dangers and subversions may come from corporate, ideological or entrenched political interests. The mechanisms can include spreading misinformation through the media, undermining elections, illegal or undue influence on government officials, and secrecy and disproportionate power in the legislative process.

Misinforming the electorate

Undermining elections

Subverting the legislative process

Sabotaging the principles of "checks and balances"

Influence and infiltration of government officials

  • Government officials and agencies that have become regulatory lapdogs either through influence or the placement of industry officials in government positions through the revolving door.