Between clapping for your response and writing my response, I went upstairs to get some lemonade. And I got stopped by the TV: protests in Beirut and Minsk; a prominent Hong Kong protester is jailed.
If this is how political change has to happen, we should not surprised the final result falls short of our expectations. History has enough examples of this kind of change.
In Chapter 6 of my book, I discuss how average citizens, unified in putting together a new kind of democracy, can build this new democracy in a non-violent way.
All Tiered Democratic Governance needs is 1% of the population to spend about 10 hours a month to start building it.