Democracy is not an end in itself.
There, I've said it.
Democracy happens to be the best way that we have yet found to govern ourselves offering, as it does, a measure of flexibility and accountability. This may not always be the case. In Britian, for instance, we are now in a position in which our three main parties are becoming indistinguishable; our choice is very limited.
Also, we need to remind ourselves that we do not have true democracy in this country; we have only a democracy made practical for the size of our population and the area which must be administered. We do not have Athenian democracy.
Other Greek cities set up democracies, most but not all following an Athenian model, but none were as powerful or as stable (or, relatively speaking, as well-documented) as that of Athens. It remains a unique and intriguing experiment in direct democracy where the people do not elect representatives to vote on their behalf but vote on legislation and executive bills in their own right.
Yes, yes; I know that some were excluded, but it the system remains the purest form of democracy known to us.
We should aim for the best way of governing ourselves; can I repeat, that this is our aim. So far we have found that our brand of democracy is the most practical and responsble way of doing so BUT this does not mean that democracy should be the end in and of itself.
A Devil as benign dictator would be far better...