Democracy depends on the masses' ability to elect the right people to deal with their societies' problems. But, all too often, the masses elect the wrong people because they have nice looks, have nice personalities, have slick commercials, have sound bites that give easy answers to complex issues. Meanwhile, younger generations are being converted into technically proficient automatons so they can buy fast foods and fast cars. What's the solution? We need to start with education. Besides practical skills, humans must be trained to think critically and creatively about themselves and their world. The must become citizens instead of consumers. Otherwise the only possible solution is a benevolent dictatorship.