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To an extent, yes
But there's a lot of barriers - mostly financial - to being in a position to stand for election. Then there's the party system, even greater financial costs and getting the corporate media onside. This is partly what I mean by a managed democracy. (As TT alludes, these issues may not be as pronounced in Finland?). If you don't have great personal wealth or wealthy backers (individually or via a party) you'll struggle to get elected. If your platform isn't sufficiently corporate friendly, you'll struggle to get elected.
The people who would introduce tighter restrictions against donors and lobbyists are the very people who will not get elected because... That's the system.
Yet they don't but that's the strongest possible thing you can have and even that fails.
Laws will never pass because it's exactly the law makers already in power and who people keep voting for who have most to gain from keeping the status quo.
I'm sure there's a lot of people far more qualified than me who do know how it could be done.
Ultimately, the pressure would have to come from below, from the people. Which, as the subject of this thread shows, is difficult. Trust, reality, authority have all been significantly weakened, and in that vacuum various twats have stepped up to fill the gap.
I think that we (the UK, US and whoever is dragged with them) are pretty screwed. The current system will cling on for as long as possible, in denial of it's fate, preventing a progressive turn to something new, instead diverting the pressure towards authoritarianism, violence and ignorance. The signs of that process are already in evidence.
How do you make the politicians do that and not be swayed by the rich who fund their campaigns? Even if you ban all campaign funding they still hold a lot of power, as a politician it's hard to go against the rich who can promise you fat cat jobs if you are not selected in the next elections.
And in any case, rich can pay lobbyists and the only way to stop that would be to stop people from talking to the politicians at all which would be much worse.
A system by which a state functions in the interests of a majority of it's members & society generally.
Of the breakdown of the neoliberal/corporate/Anglo-American paradigm and the managed democratic system engendered within it.
If we had true democracy and all that entails, people would feel they had greater control of their destiny, greater agency - a genuine avenue to change their situations.
thus believing in these conspiracy theories makes them think that they are in some sort of control of their own destiny.
When, ironically, it is the exact opposite.