>>991>but I don't see how this works at scale
I think it doesn't. Noone can make good choices about matters that are so far up the social/political hierarchy (such as foreign policies, military interventionism, and other parts of a political campaign), and even if you do, you as a citizen have no say in extra-democratic entities spanned by capitalism (corporations, mostly) that have just as much social, political and economical power as governments, or in the resulting extra-democratic behavior that spans from these two issues.
And this works the other way around, politicians make decisions that impact the people's access to basic resources like food, water, education and shelter. Such decisions have led to the existence of a poor class that doesn't have access to said resources.
>much of the population has already been made politically ignorant.
And the politicians are ignorant and/or negligent about the lives of the lower classes.
That's how a hierarchical system ends up, in our case politics are made overly complicated if you compare them with the goals we're told they should archieve. Should we really need piles of law books and a big percentage of the population working as heavily armed enforcers of such books just to get along with eachother? The answer is affirmative only in a society with big societal gaps, where a person can be starving right next to a guy with a phone that costs a minimum wage, as one form of crime sparks in that gap.
>Would you go into more detail with this?
Paying less to the workers means more profit for a company. In a bigger scale, more profit for a country's companies is good for the economy, but draws back as a less consumerist working class. Thus, they decide to take the work to sweatshops in poorer countries where even more exploited workers work for less than a dollar a day. Such condition of countries is also a scaling up of the social gap and exists as a result of the same societal hierarchy that creates a class of poor people, and because international crime can spark in that gap you get the military to keep that from happening, and the more military you have, the more you can suck on other countries without them subverting. After this, you're left with less in-country jobs in the manufacture industry, and more jobs in other less socially conscious areas.