Among myriad political systems societies flirt with, the most fragile revolutionary experiment, and possibly least likely to endure might be Democracy. An ideal that people of different persuasions might willfully and collectively empower one another for the well-being of all defies odds. Democracy requires adherents to accept that all persons have value, and are entitled to safe, and satisfying lives, eschewing exploitation of any.
Dictatorship, the antithesis of Democracy, once entrenched may endure for generations before being dislodged, not a simple process. Differences between styles of government are generally understood. Fidel Castro’s reign illustrates totalitarianism, as does the current, cruel regime of Kim Jong Un. There have been many tyrannical overlords in history visiting chaos and misery upon vast numbers of hapless humans.
How could a functioning democracy, lofty in idealism and benefits, morph into a regressive Dictatorship, foreclosing millions from a decent life, so as to nurture a small number of privileged individuals?