Around here, we have a phrase to describe this. "Freedom isn't free"
The first ingredient is a desire for freedom beyond a desire for life. You may have heard "Give me liberty, or give me death." People who really want it will find a way to get it. Those who aren't ready and willing to invest their own lives for the cause of freedom or democracy won't respect it and fight to defend it. Which is why it's been short lived in a lot of places. Stupidity, really. Or ambivalence, or something...doesn't compute.
Easier to write about from afar, than to live it first hand.
During the Iranian Revolution, It was quite common, to seen people, who had written protests on the walls next to where they died, with their own blood.
Iran serves as an example, that change is not always for the better, and that something bad, can be succeeded by something far worse.
The paradox seems that many who live in todays 'Democracies' don't appear to value the fact.
Self brainwashing at its best (self stupification?).