The report produced by my commission, the global commission on elections, democracy and security, in 2012 showed the corrosive impact of money in us politics, for example, which undermines the legitimacy of the democratic system in citizens' eyes. Such perceptions partly explain the rise of a phenomenon like the success of donald trump.
The only reality we can ever truly know is that of our perceptions, our own consciousness, while that consciousness, and thus our entire reality, is made of nothing but signs and symbols. Nothing but language. Even god requires language before conceiving the universe. See genesis: in the beginning was the word.