The Intercept recently posted a brilliant piece by Murtaza Hussain titled, "Democracy Dies in the Blinding Light of Day". It's a commentary and review of Professor David Runciman's new book, How Democracy Ends.
Due to time constraints, I can give only a brief, inadequate summary of the hypothesis, as follows. Instead of Orwell's 1984 or Animal Farm, Runciman makes a very good argument for the ending of democracy via Huxley's Brave New World, in which Technology smothers democracy in a manner barely noticeable. There's plenty of past and present evidence supporting that premise. See Hussain's article.
My only criticism (though not much of one) of Mr. Hussain's piece is this---
He cites John Adams, one of our Founders and the second President of the USA, as not favoring democracy. Adams: "There never was a democracy yet, that did not commit suicide.". That is what Adams said, but there's more to the story. The fact is, the majority of our Founders expressed a palpable disdain for democracy. They were against that form of government for our new country. See the second paragraph here---
In other words, it wasn't only Adams who didn't want democracy for the USA.
This country never has been a democracy. Elections don't make it so. That people believe the exact opposite is a testament to the power of Edward Bernays style Propaganda. This Land's government is a Plutocracy, and it always has been. Without question, History supports that contention. It took me decades to come to that conclusion. C'est la vie.
Not only my opinion. Be Well