"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." - Alexis de Tocqueville
We see this happening today with the turn from a moderate socialism to nationalistic fascism that we have today. Democracy cannot work if the large bulk of both the public and of the ruling class is dedicated to liberty and personal responsibility. Once a nation falls off that cliff of 'gimme, gimme' in which the populace of a nation decides that the state is the answer to all of it's problems, and that the state will give them everything.
The choices we are presented with today are most often between dumber and dumbest. Which do you prefer? If your answer is, like mine, neither, then well you are just out of luck. The 'majority' will suppress your will as tyrannically as any dictator. Just see what happens if you resist.