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Here's an article that will answer your question better.
What is lost here is individual freedom and yes plotocracy, dictatorship, socialism or whatever you wish to call it-rules. My previous response was not a question.
cj; and my previous comments were not directed at you. Commwealth is the ideal concept, democracy is the best working one. Additional laws that prevent the majority from removing basic human rights from minorities helps maintain it.
Interesting observation in truth-out. Even as a slight conservative myself, I have always felt helpless at all the antics going on with the "rich business" community. This would explain how the tea people are fed up with dems and repubs.
I can't agree with your characterization that "The experiment has failed". The US has been under attack for decades perhaps centuries by outside forces bent on controlling their fiefdom. We are being destroyed from within by pitting one on another.