Democracy is NOT an end; it is a means to fulfill self determination for a group or county but, most importantly, for individuals.
Anti-colonial movements secured national self determination. However, they failed to deliver on the second half of the promise to promote individual self determination with expansive human liberty.
It turns out that democracy does not necessarily support individual self determination. Indeed, “social democracy” is by its very name & results antithetical to individual self determination & self ownership.
Becoming a “slave” to a State run by local people may not be an improvement over being enslaved by colonial masters.