We are still discussing gender inequality in the digital age of artificial intelligence, robotics and missions to Mars. This shows the complacency about the way we have been governed so far, especially in the social sphere.
North Korea: The (Un) Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“Totalitarianism proved to be a distinctly twentieth-century phenomenon. It was the most ambitious undemocratic gamble ever made, and it performed poorly. Arguably only North Korea clings to the totalitarian method,” Says William J. Dobson in The Dictator’s Learning Curve.
It’s where the word dissident doesn’t exist, says defector Yeonmi Park. It's where people are publicly executed for having eaten beef of cows owned by the state. Grisly, it is. Yeah.
North Korea stands last even amongst other modern dictatorships that are swinging somewhere between authoritarianism and democracy. Yes, because it doesn’t even appear to be democratic like others. Nor does it ever try to. All of it at the cost of ‘it’s people.’ In 2019, it held “show elections” where practically just one candidate, Kim Jong Un from Worker’s Party, ran for president's position. Everything else was for the heck of it. I wonder if North Koreans even know the names of the other two parties that participated in the 2019 elections. …
Democracy starts to rot when behind the upstanding ideals for the greater good, there’s pursuance of interests only for few. Plutocracy has disguised itself under the garb of democracy. If we need real democracy, we need to dismantle and dismiss all kinds of dominations we are swaddled with. And we thought it’s the collective responsibility of those in power to defend not just its people from the severe health and economic crisis, but also protect the public institutions they take their oaths under.
Acemoglu and Robinson note that “Political institutions determine the ability of citizens to control politicians” 
While the governments are busy preparing for the most important democratic process called the election, paradoxically though it may seem, during this time, democracy itself has gone to the dogs. Amidst a collapsing democracy and rising inequality, presidential candidates are making new promises of prosperity. America could have distributed a whopping $50 trillion to its working-class had income distribution been kept constant; as they were in 1975, observed Nick Hanauer and David M. Rolf. But instead, it went up mostly upwards towards the rich. …