In my late teen years, after dropping out of college where I had a split comp sci/journalism major, I had more or less given up on mainstream society and was preparing to learn survival skills for the time after either 1) the collapse of civilization or 2) my inevitable withdrawal from it. You know, prepper stuff, with a hippie flavor. It was a fun thing to talk about while getting stoned after the potluck before the drum circle started. Then people got jobs and grew up and became adults and stuff.
But I'm not entirely surprised that in my 40s the idea hasn't completely abandoned my thinking. Things are so entrenched. It's hard not to contemplate true alternatives. Turn the TV off. Close the browser. Put the phone in a drawer, along with the credit cards. Stop checking Facebook and Gmail.
Still have this pesky mortgage to deal with. On the home stretch though. It all sounds a lot less dramatic when you call it "retirement", but I guess that is what the old hippie vision became for us. We're trying to get there as fast as we can. Is that any kind of answer for "democracy"? Maybe not. I'm not sure if there is one.