I’m at a crossroads of what to think. Society needs to be pushed to change.. but if pushed past a certain threshold a calamity follows. You mention the witch hunts of the middle and recent ages. We don’t want a repeat of that history. Humanity can get nasty, homicidal; and think they are justified in doing evil’s work; in the name of the deluge. Democracy presents a forest that is malleable. In the name of freedom we present our arguments. The air gives us life and we are greeted by the sun. The fire already burned below and all ideas are left equal here. Democracy was formed from steel (and some iron too). Capitalism wasn’t.