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Excerpt from Wikipedia's entry on the Trilateral Commission's White Paper/Book entitled The Crisis Of Democracy:

United States

"The vitality of democracy in the United States in the 1960s produced a substantial increase in governmental activity and a substantial decrease in governmental authority."
—Samuel P. Huntington

The report says the problems of the United States in the 1960s was the "impulse of democracy is to make government less powerful and more active, to increase its functions, and to decrease its authority" and concludes these demands are contradictory.

The impulse for the undermining of legitimacy was said to be done by new activism, an adversarial news media while the increase in government was said to be due to the Cold War defense budget and Great Society programs.

Thus what is said to be needed is a "balance is to be restored between governmental activity and governmental authority".

The effects of this "excess of democracy" if not fixed are said to be an inability to maintain international trade, balanced budgets and "hegemonic power" in the world.

Ziggy was a founder of the Trilateral Commission, but I don't think he co-authored this paper.

Still . . .