Behavioral psychology, statistics and media-defense courses should be introduced and expanded upon starting in grade school. Until that happens the best we can do is yelling at each other and telling others they're wasting their vote unless they vote for one of two parties…
We get what we deserve.
Not so much "deserve", because we "deserve" the education noted above. To the extent that any of us actually deserve anything. These are things that a thinking society should provide to its people, in the name of stability and civility.
I will add to that list some sort of "civics" education. I am sick and tired of government being a "they". Government is "us", in democratic nations. But we have:
- people voting in protest of things without understanding or bothering to understand the ramifications (hello Brexit and Trump)
- people not voting at all, and then taking to the streets merely hours after they SHOULD and COULD have voted, to protest an election outcome
Maybe voting should be a privilege and not a right. Sounds horribly elitist I know, but if one isn't equipped intellectually to weigh the options, should they be allowed to weigh in?
Also my mind has wandered to thinking maybe its too much to have a single leader on all fronts. We expect one guy or one party to represent the full spectrum of challenges, such as the economy, the environment, social issues. A more "pick and choose" approach might work better. But… as these 3 things, and all things, require trading-off between each, I guess that wouldn't work. Gotta say that a Trump victory has me thinking a lot about some of the fundamentals… more than I ever have.