For some groups of people, things haven't really changed that much.
Their lives are a stream of economic situations, wars or military campaigns, and/or cultural revolutions, all pretty
much played out to maintain the status quo (and by that I mean a social structure that only recruits its own kind; no matter from which cultural group the candidates/participants are chosen from). It's been interesting to watch (and come to the realization that "cultural" development is pretty glacial in its advances or a down right sham), but not ultimately anything I want to participate in again! (Anybody got an anti-reincarntion chant/pill)
. When most of the elections, I have lived through, have been decided by the majority of a voting miinority, it really gives you an insight to the farce that the process is. Bodies of government cannot pass laws without a voting majority present, but not so general elections; go figure! I guess getting a voting majority of people to participate (by free choice)/make a decision would result in glacial timeframes of change and control that would be unacceptable to the "bosses" (Pete Townsend term). If you want an insight to the electorial process read, The Ninth Wave;
keep in mind that it takes place in circa 60s, so how much farther have things developed] Oh, Have I got the Presedental Election Blues or What?