I don't agree. You take individual families who are up against the marketing and lobbying of multi-billion dollar companies. Those companies push buttons relentlessly to get to the x% of people who are as vigilant as they can be given their own circumstances.we see democracy perverted by many influences be it the church, the % of people who smoke, unions, NRA and large businesses.
For me, many large businesses do not act in the interest of democracy or even their consumers. Take McDonalds and the tie up with Coca Cola both pushing salt, sugar and fat to get their customers addicted at an early age. Then good luck to government to address the issue with so many peasants turning up every day to get their fix and even introduce their kids to the sh*t.
but who is to blame? definitely coke and maccas but just as much blame lands with the customers and their representation in the electorate
It's wrong to think that humans are perfectly rational economic units, and therefore it must be a moral failing to be otherwise.