Let's not pretend anymore. The USA is not a democratic republic. Corporate authoritarianism is our government and religion. Bill Gates is worshipped as a god of philanthropy. He should be worshipped as a ruthless monopolist.
Corporations are inherently hierachical. They are authoritarian structures within a supposedly democratic republic. When happens when an authoritarian structure runs a democratic republic? The democratic republic only exists to hide the authoritarian structure.
The structure uses the tropes of a DR to cloak itself in the skin of equal opportunity.
Where do the American people fit in this scheme?