Thucydides had this figured out over 2,000 years ago.
“We had to destroy the village to save it.”
Remember that quotable quote from the Vietnam War? Yes, someone actually said it.
The sentiment marches on. Just last week, the legislature of Ireland took up a bill to restrict the living daylights out of free speech (https://www.zerohedge.com/political/we-are-restricting-freedom-common-good-irish-green-party-calls-limiting-free-speech). The purpose, said the Green Party gargoyle who is pushing it, is “To Save Democracy” by restricting speech.
How restrictive do they mean to be?
Well, they’re talkin’ (still allowed to talk, provided you’re a member of the Green Party and the chairman approves of you) about censoring–oops! that’s now “content moderation”–any speech that makes any person in any protected class to feel… “DISCOMFORT.” Wow, how about that! Dude, you just caused me discomfort! Doesn’t count–you’re a white male.
Thucydides was right. If there’s any self-destruction to be had, “democracy” will run to embrace it.