The elite is all for "democracy" when it suits them. When it does not, it is "mob rule" that needs to be overridden procedurally.
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Here is an argument that China is actually democratic at the grassroots level that acts as a control on the technocratic meritocracy guiding the country from above. Compare the results of China with those of democratic India, where no one ever agrees on anything and corruption is rife.
The Diplomat‘Chinese Capillary Democracy:’ Can Western Democracies Learn From China?