Here's "my" answer. It's probably not "the" answer: Let's face it, all governments are corrupt little protection rackets. It's just a matter of degree. And near as I can tell, democracy is just the ability to choose your own oppressor. I suppose I could support those statements with a bunch of bullshit theories and citations, but I won't. I don't give a crap about theories, I want to hear about strategy to get from point A to point B. "Point B" being somewhere where my friends don't die because they don't have access to healthcare, or only live to an average age of 54, while people in affluent neighborhoods live to an average of 92.* I will explain why I'm still throwing some support the Democrats way: Over the last few decades the Dems have usually allowed a little more to fall of the dinner table for the rest of us. This isn't anything more than scraps, but its enough sometimes for people to survive. The Reps want it all... every little fucking scrap. They'll take the bread out of your grandmother's mouth and call you a "snowflake" for objecting. They know a lot of us survive on the scraps they leave and they don't give a fuck. You've heard the term "snowflakes"? I'm hearing an even grimmer one: "zombies" (walking dead) to describe poor people who need government assistance to survive. That sounds shockingly like "useless eaters" to me. So if voting for Dems allows just enough to roll off the table for my friends and family to survive, then I'll vote that way. It's the best of a lot of shitty options. The other reason is that the Democratic party is ripe for being taken over. The central leadership is corrupt, overly invested in theory at the expense of communicating clearly to working people, and most importantly ... dying. They only hang on because of the big money donations they get from corporations. Bernie Sanders has shown that you can still get a lot of money together by gathering a lot of poor people together to donate small amounts. Politics, is in part, a money game, at least a long as we have elections funded in the way that we do. Why I'm still invested at all: Where I live, the Berniecrats are very quietly taking over. We've gotten one person on the city counsel. We have another couple running for Natural Resources Board--the one that decides the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline. (We need to place one member on the board to overturn the last decision of the board). We're working on fielding more candidate for more positions. (Berniecrats tend to be introverts for some reason.) We already have the board of the local electric company and we're going over 50% renewable in a year and half. Repeat this state by state, and board by board, and eventually we'll have enough power to throw the national folks out on their fat asses. (Don't worry about them. I'm sure they'll all find nice jobs working as lobbyists for some corporation.) I hear a lot of criticism from people who seem mostly mired in theory, but I don't see much from them in step-by-step action I can take to get from point A to point B. If anyone has a better game plan, I'll certainly listen. As I've said, I probably don't have "the" answer, but its the best answer I have at the moment. And I'll apologize for sounding a little snarky. I'm just so damn tired. * I have seen stats that demonstrate this from a study done by our local health dept.