It seems unlikely that democracy would have been introduced in Europe in today's political climate, if it hadn't already been implemented during a more idealistic time in the past. For instance, do you know how Europeans save up for their pensions? The state deducts a portion of our wages together with the taxes, and (for most nations) spend it along with the taxes. Then later they pay pensions from the taxes. This works fine as long as there are about the same proportion of pensioners to taxpayers when you pay and when you receive. Norway happens to have a large pension fund (though certain politicians want to use it for good purposes right now) but the principle is still the same: You can't trust the people to save up for their own old age. Why then do you trust them to vote? If they are too stupid to preserve their own life, why would you trust them with the future of the nation?