I think we are not a democracy, but a competing selection of complex oligarchies with a mechanism for periodic bloodless overthrow.
I put the above comment about the British system on the ever-elegant Angels in Marble. Is it too cynical?
What does democracy mean here? What should it be like?
Is democracy the best system, or should we turn to authoritarianism, which seems to be working for the Russians and Chinese, as an increasing number of opinion-formers seem to be suggesting?
Is that happening anyway? Are the people watching the bottom rung of the ladder of power rise out of reach?