Forming Public Opinion

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    Interesting - but long - article

    Public Opinion: Experts vs Vox Populi
    By Thomas Brewton, New Media Journal
    January 27, 2007

    Tension between government by experts (intellectuals, bureaucrats, and independent legislators) and the voice of the people (expressed in elections and opinion polls) complicates politics in our Federal republic.

    Relying too heavily on opinion polls or elections is a short road to disaster when the government must determine critical policies that involve intricate financial knowledge, broad knowledge of history, economics, and foreign affairs. The general populace can be too easily misled by propaganda and ignorance of the subject.

    for full article:
    http://www.newmediajournal.us/guest/brewton/01272007.htm
     
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