Some various thoughts:
Democracy is the majoritarian tyranny that capitalism uses in order to preserve itself. Winston Churchill stated the “old chestnut that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all others”.
Democracy is “a violent tyranny by those who define themselves as the authentic people, over those who are excluded from it” (by Andy Robinson, from Democracy vs. Desire - Beyond the Politics of Measure)
It also seems to Robinson that democracy is a “self-policing of capitalism and industrial society - but this is unsurprising, since the “people” after all, are not defined externally to this society but rather are constructed by it.”
Even more it seems that the most important factor is number, thus to Robinson the “majority rule is a subordination of all to the logic of mathematics - the rule of King Abacus.
"Democracy" is impotent against the constraints imposed by economic openness/global capitalism.
Democratization has happened in three main time periods. The first period was in the early nineteenth century, the second being directly after WW II, and the third being in the nineteen eighties and nineties. The third period is the most relevant in that what happened can still be seen in countries through out the world to this day.
After the end of World War II, capitalism found itself in a dangerous situation, with many (especially those in the United States of America [USA]) questioning if capitalism had the strength to compete with the other ideas that were gaining large amounts of strength at the time, such as anarchy(ism), socialism, and communism. The USA found itself in an ideological battle against the alternatives of capitalism and one way to ensure its survival was to create a front of repression and build international institutions that would directly cater to capital’s destructive needs.)
In 1973 only a quarter of the countries in the world had democratically elected governments, by 1993 more than half, and by 2001 there was around seventy five percent.
"Every time an anarchist says, "I believe in democracy," there is a little fairy somewhere that falls down dead." - JM Barrie (Peter Pan 1928)
"Democracy is a specialised form of political domination deployed as a universal objective value, it is set in place as a political end or ideal for society by an elite whose real power over society is not political at all but is grounded in an all-pervasive economics exploitation."
- both above quotes from Monsieur Dupont in Democracy Demo
"There are (we’re told) over six billion humans alive on this planet, each of us with a different idea of how, why and whether to save it - of how, why and whether to save ourselves (individually and/or collectively) six billion different notions of who we are, six billion modes of expressing it. That’s scary! The space we’re in now is crowded; the music unfamiliar - a bit ominous, a little sleazy, at times manic but captivating, intense and ever-changing. And we still might (or might never, after all) learn whether we can all be partners.
But we’re still dancing...."
- from Beyond Exclusion - Democracy and an Anarchist Ethic by Mitchell Halberstadt
My recommendation for anyone interested in democracy and anarchist ideas is to read the entire issue of "Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed" #60, which has four very intriguing articles about these subjects.
(small side note: if you don't have this issue on hand, it should be up shortly on the anarchist library, i will drop a note here when it is if that's cool)