Please Thom stop lecturing us about "democracy". YOU are on record supporting both our antidemocratic federal system and our dysfunctional if not braindead two party system.
For instance YOU are on record supporting the concept of the Electoral College that gave us George Bush... a candidate REJECTED by the People. Bush was IMPOSED on the US by an antidemocratic Star Chamber called the EC. US (and World) history was changed for the worst AGAINST the will of the American People. But since you can't find it in yourself to critique the Framers of the Constitution, you blame the USSC. Yes they acted despicably in Bush v Gore. But according to your views, it would have bene fine if Bush won Florida by say 5000 votes instead of 517... there was NO recount, yet STILL lost the national vote 500,000? It's that Bush victory that set in motion the disaster of the past 12 years. It's that Bush victory that consolidated the Right's power over the USSC leading to Citizens United... a decision you rightly condemn, but fail to see how antidemocratic ideas YOU support contributed to.
Thom, I love your show and respect your progressive economic ideals. But when it comes to "democracy", you're a bundle of contradictions. Like most Liberals, you wear democracy on your sleeve without bothering to define or flesh out the concept. For instance the most BASIC building block of democracy is not just "one person one vote", but that each vote WEIGHS THE SAME. Yet our federal system is nothing but a a gigantic vote weighting/dilution scheme where the weight of any citizen's vote depends on their choice of state residence. Without defining democracy, there'll NEVER be any focus or strategy on how to reform our broken system... only band aids that conceal its anti-democratic nature. Face it Thom... when it comes to "democracy" you're not part of the solution... you're part of the problem.