But we have no system where representation would be bypassed the old Greek way and actual voting influence over issues granted to the general population. The last nation-sized true democracy probably died back when nations grew to be larger than ten thousand people in size...
In the USA, we have the growing annoyance of ballot referenda. We great unwashed are faced with a huge list of complicated and vague initiatives to buy bonds to increase the library budget, etc. without knowing the background or details.
Sometimes, the referendum just forces a bill to go before the legislature; other times, it actually enacts law.
The original design to have an indirect democracy was wise...