I do agree that all over the world, democracy appears to be on the wane as it were. I think that "on the wane" is a great term, although not au courant. (Bots and AI, for example are not yet "on the wane". HR if not practised with lots of fresh salt free data, IS on the wane.)
Democracy is the key to making some nerds happy some of the time. For example, why should clients set impossible delivery deadlines on their own? Why should Quality Control unilaterally determine the quality of the product? Why should an HR lady, as smart as she may be, balance between salary on one hand, as opposed to meaning or engagement on the other hand. By the way, I only have two hands.
In light of the above, and in line with my core value of delegating major choices, starting today, all new recruits will be able to choose between receiving a paltry salary, landing a job with a high level of engagement, or a role with depth and meaning.
The salary alternative is called The Gloria Plan. The engagement alternative is called the Machiavellian Plan. The meaning alternative is called the Happy Norwegian Plan.
The Happy Norwegian Plan used to be called the Danish Plan, but times change.