The "elite-mass split," the tear between the establishment and the masses, damages American democracy. As a damaged democracy, there is very low trust in the competence of the government. They no longer hear what parts of society need.
Neoliberalism seems to create "clothes no one can see" when it mystifies the market and competition and uses the austerity model, the location model and the adjustment imperative or extortion to turn economics into nature. Democracy means a community that is able to do justice to its responsibility.