‘Democracy’ is not a values-based sociopolitical goal. Democracy brought about Hitler and Donald Trump. It’s a system, not an ideal. The goal should be justice, quality of life, and sustainability. It’s possible that democracy can provide these, but we’ll never know until we actually try it (which we have not). Democracy is not a solution. It is a possible pathway to solutions. The right, though ethically dubious in their goals, understands this truth, which is why they are winning.