"To lose your 'identity' as a citizen of democracy is but a step from losing your identity as a person. People react to this frustration by not acting at all. The separation of the people from the routine daily functions of citizenship is heartbreak in a democracy... [Such a] citizen sinks further into apathy, anonymity, and depersonalization."
D. Alinsky, on democracy as an political system. From Rules for Radicals (p xxvi)