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Political participation en masse, does.
It only takes a few dozen wealthy individuals to basically buy the title as President of the United States and Commander in Chief as a gift for anyone they please.
This is hyperbole. Even though the effect of an individual can be ignored, it still exists.
What is "political participation"? It seems that the contention conflates "political participation" with "voting in general elections". Those things are very different though.
The parties are constructed around social issues that mean very little to the ruling class; while they both tend to agree on economic policy, if not in words, then by their own voting record and/or through their failure to pursue a course that might jeopardize the interests of the ruling class.
The voting system we use is among the worst available, and creates inherent misrepresentation in its results.
Cannabis legalisation. Even though they're going against politicians, corporations and law enforcement, it is increasingly successful and shows democracy can work.