My answer to Why don't democracies work?
Answer by Ken Larson:
There no pure democracies in the modern era.
The flaw in that proposition is that in a populous world giving the masses total input into every governmental decision, as the pure definition of democracy would require, is unworkable.
There are sever constitutional republics that practices democratic approaches to government. In the U.S. for instance, the checks and balances between the elected representatives of the people (Congress) the Presidency, and the Judiciary insure that the will of the majority of the citizens of the country is carried forward.
Constitutional republics practicing democratic approaches like the U.S. have, for over 200 years, bent and twisted in the wind of world events and survived and grown as a result.
Geopolitics, high speed communications and technology combined with conflicts not always of our own making are shaping our society as the associated issues are played out on our constitutional republic stage.