US an Oligarchy
Researchers from Princeton University studied a massive 1,779 policy issues. They found that despite elections, free speech and voting, elite groups had their policy interests represented where the people's were not. The clear finding is that the US is an oligarchy.
The US, in other words, is similar to China, Russia, South Africa, or most other dubious "electoral" or "democratic" countries. After this exhaustive analysis of the data, the report states “the interests of the average American have absolutely no impact upon public policy.”