Democracy isn’t dead. It’s resting
Democracy is like insurance. You don’t appreciate it until you need to use it. And like insurance, it sucks when the system you have been paying into refuses to cover your ass when you need it the most.
It may be tempting, in our darker moments, to accept the idea that democracy was a temporary privilege, a snapshot of an era where there was enough food on most tables to afford us the luxury of time & resources to invest in our own virtue. A fleeting moment where full employment suited the needs of financial self preservation.