Elitists are terrified of direct democracy and want to pretend the public has no idea what is good for themselves. Men like Friedrich Nietzsche characterized what he perceived to be slave and master mentality and clearly had a very sinister “master” mentality himself.
Again, people know what’s good for themselves overall. If they make a mistake, then they suffer and learn their lesson. Looking at the world right now, it’s obvious people who call for elitism have absolutely no idea what they are doing and never have.
If some people do not care one way or another about a particular issue, all they have to do is indicate that somehow and those who do care can decide. However, minorities cannot just assume others do not care. Such things must be formally indicated.
If people don’t feel they understand an issue, they can always do research, ask somebody they trust, etc. A healthy, educated, and well informed public should be able to make correct decisions for themselves. People who think they are SO much brighter than everybody else just need to find a way to explain their thoughts/plans/ideas to the public.
Ideally, there would be direct democracy for urban centres existing side-by-side with self-directed spiritual communes in the countryside (with roughly ten thousand people per commune.)
The urban centres would utilize high-efficiency capitalism where VERY limited inequality maintains competition rather than any poverty. In order to maintain this inequality, extra output could just be given to the communes rather than destroyed through war.
When people start becoming disillusioned by the current state of democracy, the solution would be to shift towards greater direct democracy and greater regional control, in my opinion.
(And the fact the liberal media always wants to make totalitarianism seem like the only alternative to our current situation shows how much the people behind the scenes truly care about genuine democracy, in my opinion.)