For a long time, but beginning in earnest after 9/11, democracy has simply been getting too burdensome to maintain, too difficult to think about, too inconvenient for the purposes of the network of oligarchs now running the planet. Between elections, everyone is in the gulag of authoritarian government wherever they live. As for elections these days, they are pulled off, not contested — mere exercises in crowd-control and grade D propaganda, devoid of national debate or mature legitimacy.
— Michael Harris, Aug 11, 2013

Full article in iPolitics: The cancer of the surveillance state