For centuries, aristocrats criticized democracy because their feared the people. The people would redistribute wealth and privilege. The people would act under the banner of equality. The people would eliminate the rich and make everything and everyone the same. Even a hundred years ago conservatives feared that democracy would raise taxes to the extent that the people would eat the social surplus (capital) necessary for future growth and investment. All the people could do was think with their stomachs and, motivated by greed, they would take back the wealth of the few.
Wow. How wrong they were. Democracy is the best system the rich ever had. In a setting where everyone has the right to shout, no one speaks for the poor. In a system where everyone has the right to vote, no one represents the poor.
We are trapped in a nightmare where the rich fight with each other over how best to screw the rest of us, long and hard or fast and violent. My son put it best when he said all the Democrats are now are the Republicans' sex toys.