In the end, it’s all comes down to harsh realism.
Socialists imagine there are no wolves, so democracy is easy.
Conservatives imagine democracy as a way for wolves to apologize.
Libertarians imagine democracy as two wolves and a sheep deciding on the main course for dinner.
Neoreactionaries see democracy as two sheep and a wolf deciding on the merits of mandatory vegetarianism.
ADDED: Survivingbabel anticipates (6 months ago, no link available):
Democracy is closer to two sheep and a wolf voting on what’s for dinner. The sheep unite in collective action to fight off the wolf. The wolf, stripped of its natural power, must graze alongside the sheep. Eventually it dies from malnutrition, and the sheep, having lost their natural predator, soon overpopulate and overgraze their land. Then they die too, usually replaced by another species entirely.