Politics should be at the center of life and education like it was when Plato was walking the Earth. Yeah I know, like that's going to happen. Representative Democracy does seem too prone to abuse by those who are elected, especially after time progresses and patterns emerge.
If everyone were involved we couldn't blame anyone but ourselves. I even think Rousseau is right to a point that Representative Democracy is a form of hidden slavery for the masses, especially like now when the elite is so distantly wealthy compared to the general population and holds so much influence.