“…and the elections, despite using FPTP, are still reasonably fair by FPTP standards…”
Has anybody heard of Dmitri Orlov? Well here he is explaining the truth about so-called “democracy” in the US (this is the very smartest one in the room by far):
Election2018 (Dmitri Orlov)
And Mr. Orlov probes much deeper at:
Saker Analytics – Placing the USA on a collapse continuum with Dmitry Orlov – January 11, 2019
Cultural and social collapse are very far along. Financial collapse is waiting for a trigger. Commercial collapse will happen in stages some of which—food deserts, for instance—have already happened in many places. Political collapse will only become visible once the political class gives up. It’s not as simple as saying which stage we are at. They are all happening in parallel, to one extent or another.
History will happen, and it definitely will not be televised.