"The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd. And it's the responsible men who have to make decisions and to protect society from the trampling and rage of the bewildered herd. Now since it's a democracy they - the herd, that is - are permitted occasionally to lend their weight to one or another member of the responsible class. That's called an election." -- Noam Chomsky
A democracy can vilify the basic rights of man and nations under the Western canon for the last thousand years and even challenge the law itself as "undemocratic." In societies where anything that has a consensus can be true, eventually insanity becomes the consensual norm.