Democracy, Theocracy, Monarchy, Empire, Communism, Capitalism, Socialism,even Anarchy, these are all just different formats for managing civilization and the problem is that all of them could work, in theory.
But, as I have heard attributed to Yogi Berra, although I kind of doubt that ‘In theory is the same as in practice, in theory. In practice, it’s not.’
The problem is obvious. What do all of these systems have in common? People. It’s always the damned people. Anarchy would be beautiful, it is the most poetically beautiful of all of them, the beautiful belief that people, left to their own devices, would do the right things. 99% of the time, that might be true, but that other one percent of the time you want the police or the fire department or the ambulance to arrive on time. It’s like that stupid Adam Smith metaphor about the invisible hand. It’s invisible, people! That had could just as easily whop you up the side of the head.
In an unregulated, free-market capitalist system, an ever tightening group of people at the type make more and more money, and leave the paupers in the dirt.
In communism, dissent and individuality are strongly discouraged.
In theocracies around the world, people are poor, and oppressed, and ignorant.
Democracy may well be the fairest system so far devised by man, but it is only as good as the Demos it represents. And quite honestly, I am not convinced that Gruber was wrong.