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  1. Introduction
  2. Democracy
  3. American people
  4. David Madland's article
  5. Fareed Zakaria
  6. Conclusion

Democracy is a structure of government in which all citizens of a nation determine public policies, laws and actions of the state in unity. All citizens are expected to be involved in all issues pertaining to the wellbeing of the country. This essay is a preview of the book just How Are we Stupid?: Facing The Truth regarding The American Voter .The book focuses on how the American people have disengaged themselves from politics and public issues that should otherwise be of importance to them. Shenkman seeks to show how much the American people are concentrating or taking part in politics and how much they ought to. Shenkman clearly points out that Americans are ill prepared to guide their countries democracy which as a matter of fact is regarded as the most powerful one.

The September 11, 2011 attack and the Iraq war that followed are what prompted Shenkman to ask himself serious questions about the American voters. After these occurrences, Shenkman points out that most of the Americans were not aware of what was going on and those who knew something about it couldn't even point out the facts about the events. He further points out that the White House message machine was to blame put he puts further blame on the Americans who did nothing or very little to seek the truth.

[...] Various methodologies have been used to measure public ignorance. One of them is the mind control theories and techniques used in mass media. Being a tool used to manipulate a lot of people; it molds and shapes people's opinions and attitudes. They can therefore be used in assessment since the researchers will be able to measure the impact of information given through the media. How people accept the information they are given without researching on its accuracy is a clear indication of how people are ignorant .Another methodology used in the assessment is uncertainty. [...]


[...] Just How Are We Stupid? - Book review Democracy is a structure of government in which all citizens of a nation determine public policies, laws and actions of the state in unity. All citizens are expected to be involved in all issues pertaining to the wellbeing of the country. This essay is a preview of the book just How Are we Stupid?: Facing The Truth regarding The American Voter .The book focuses on how the American people have disengaged themselves from politics and public issues that should otherwise be of importance to them. [...]


[...] They therefore prefer to stay out of it rather than be disappointed later. The constant rise in the members of parliament expenses and salaries does not help issues either. The American public is left grumbling and dissatisfied with them and with the perception that they have corrupt and greedy leaders who are not worthy of their support. People shy away from voting and taking part in any political activities as they should be participating. I strongly believe that the millennium generation will make appositive and progressive change in the democratic society. [...]

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