Castells offers a good description of the malaise of democracy

I read this in the conclusion of Castells' "The Internet Galaxy" and I'd thought I'd share. I think it's an excellent way to describe the malaise of modern politics in western democracies.

How can we trust with the lives of our children governments controlled by parties that usually operate in systemic corruption (illegal financing), entirely dependent on image politics, led by politicians only accountable at election times, managing insulated bureaucracies, technologically outdated, and generally out of touch with the real life of their citizens? And yet, what is the alternative?

Bloody good question.