democracy manifested itself as a response to increasing prosperity over the last 2 centuries. Before that, democracy didn’t exist.
as prosperity declines— -as it must, then democracy will decline with it, for no better reason than the great mass of people will refuse to accept that democracy is slipping away, and so a fascist dictator(s) will rise up to promise a return to greatness. As is happening right now.
Which of course cannot be, because democracy has been a fleeting derivative of fossil fuel inputs,