Populist democracy controlled by money is a political cul-de-sac. More people (even Professor Francis Fukuyama) seem to be waking up to that fact.
However, just as otherwise enlightened individuals such as Galileo and Newton dare not deny the existence of God, modern-day democracy skeptics are hesitant to challenge its sanctity. Without God, one’s doomed. Without democracy, life’s unthinkable. That’s the mantra since childhood. Don’t ask why.
Capitalistic liberal democracy (let’s call it Democracy with a big dee) bears many resemblances to its religious predecessor. It’s also upheld by faith rather than reason, analysis, or benchmarked assessment — virtually a replacement of God in most of ex-Christendom. Consistent definition is not necessary. Politics in the USA, France, Italy, Greece, Japan, India, Switzerland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya etc. differ in form, substance, and spirit. Even buddies like the US and UK have markedly different political structures. But as long as they hoist the Democracy banner, all is fine. Like God, Democracy’s good by tautology. Details are unimportant.