What was true about monarchy more than a century ago, that “it is an intelligible government [because] the mass of mankind understand it and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other,” is now true for
democracy. Democracy is not without its enemies, to be sure, but it is devoid of appealing alternatives. The critics of democracy speak in the idiom of democracy, and the vote of the people is the only source of legitimate power.
Democracy as Self-Correction – Ivan Krastev