Describing politics in Germany after the fall of the Kaiser:
Used as they were to commands from above and respect for authority, they found the loose, irreverent democratic order all confusion and chaos. They were shocked to realize “that they had to participate in government, choose a party, and pass judgment upon political matters” (Theodore Abel, Why Hitler Came into Power, 1938).
[Eric Hoffer, The True Believer, p. 48]
This is why the illusion of democracy should be maintained, like a civic religion. If it atrophies (or never existed), the crowd will turn to something else:
They longed for a new corporate whole, more monolithic, all-embracing and glorious to behold than even the Kaiser regime had been—and the Third Reich more than answered their prayer.
And what happens when a people are comfortable with their yoke, like the Russians, the Chinese, or the Arabs?
What de Tocqueville says of a tyrannical government is true of all totalitarian orders—their moment of greatest danger is when they begin to reform, that is to say, when they begin to show liberal tendencies (On the State of Society in France before the Revolution of 1789).