I’ve been reading about the Republic (Plato) on Wikipedia for HASS, and I think that the problem with democracy is too many people. If there were fewer people, like a group of 2 or 3, direct democracy works. But when the population is large, we end up appointing representatives. And those representatives are fought over because they control the whole decision making process, but they become influenced to make choices that ill represent their people.
That is why I would prefer to just live in a small community and make decisions communally. Because you would naturally choose to live with people who are good complements to you (although good shipmates are a big assumption), any decision making is agreeable with everyone’s logic. And so the ship is in harmony.