I am for republic not democracy. In republic each person has rights and responsibilities The government must protect life liberty and property as the basis for any republic . The Government has a few limited powers and individuals make their own decisions.
Crony capitalism is Fascism where the bureaucracy runs things and the executive for life gives gifts to one's friends. Democracy is where the people appoint the executive and the bureaucracy runs the government.
The difference between Fascism and Democracy is who appoints the executive. Under both democracy and fascism the bureaucracy wields the ultimate power life liberty and property, So democracy has the same structure as fascism, and a simple coup can change everything.