Democracy, has always had its foundations in slavery. Always, since it's original and modern inceptions. Both Greeks and American patriots had economies, lifestyles based on slavery. In my teenage years, my break from Socialist style majority rule was due to this understanding. I wanted Autonomy, I wanted Solidarity, and Mutual-Aid, I wanted consensus, I wanted to consent to those actions that affected my life. I did not know this was anarchy, well I did, but anarchy still had a certain stigma to it.
Democracy benefits some, at the expense of others. It always will, so why should we settle for this? Does this mean we should not even work in groups that operate on anything other than consensus? Is good activist work ever going to come out of a majority rule group? I mean there are clear physical results. Even the worst hierarchical top-down NGO's have very real and tangible results. People get food, people get shelter, but at what expense? I'm starting to believe that the power structures we organize under have a much larger impact on the work we do. I've worked with food kitchens and mobile food banks. We fed peoples stomachs but the rest of them remained diminished. But with Food Not Bombs, Tacos Not Bombs, you could see the replenishing happening, it was an all around nutritional increase. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Let me stop before I get too self-involved on some dialogue or self-critique. I think I wanted to just simply explain that it seems their will never be a viable option for Democracy to break from it's foundations on inequality.