Our democracy's in trouble. A majority don't know enough to vote intelligently. This book by Rick Shenkman published in 2008 drew attention to the problem: Just How Stupid Are We: Facing the Truth About the American Voter. http://tiny.cc/kb6w8x
His new book -- published in 2016 -- explains the neuroscience behind our irrational politics: POLITICAL ANIMALS: HOW OUR STONE-AGE BRAIN GETS IN THE WAY OF SMART POLITICS. http://stoneagebrain.com
Shenkman explains why people are apathetic, find it hard to get a good read on politicians, elect pols who tell them what they want to hear rather than the truth, and show little empathy for people who don’t look like them or talk like they do.