For the most part people are content to live their lives as long as the goverment does a good enough job and isnt too control freaky people dont care but when things get fucked up they do change things and that can either be done peacefully or violently.I disagree. There's an iron law of oligarchy that, whenever a group of people gather, there will always be a small group of elites at the top deciding everything.
We must also keep in mind that the modern man is taught what to think by large apparatuses - mass media, mass education, etc. - that control many aspects of our lives. These factors, I believe, lead me to conclude that "the People" don't actually decide things.