The only benefit that democracy and government provide is that in combination they serve as a buffer between the warring factions of oligarchs with voters playing the pawns in a war for political influence.
Most of the abuses suffered by the pawns are self-inflicted, manifested in continued vacuous opining on matters over which they have no control or that have no linkage to real economic empowerment. These discussions amount to children rolling around in a sandbox, easily distracted from reality, and answering the oligarchs’ calls to vote like a mother calls to her kids to come in the house, eat a grilled cheese sandwich, and guzzle down the red flavor Kool-Aid. This, in essence, is the buffer.
Without this buffer, usually referred to as “democracy”, oligarchs would tear each other apart, having to actually face each other in a battle for political supremacy. I’d rather see the buffer disappear and watch the oligarchs rip each other apart in a transparent, honest, and wondrously bloody and horrific way. It wouldn’t be a bad thing ….