Forming Public Opinion

Adam's Apple

Senior Member
Apr 25, 2004
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.

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