For 'democracy' or the 'democratic spirit' (diabolical sense) leads to a nation without great men, a nation mainly of subliterates, morally flaccid from lack of discipline in youth, full of the cocksureness which flattery breeds on ignorance, and soft from lifelong pampering. And that is what Hell wishes every democratic people to be.
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, p. 206
I think a more accurate picture of the West would be hard to find. A nation without any great men for "I'm as good as you" rules the day. None may stand taller or smarter.