At first glance the lesson of the Tower of Babel story is if everyone is not coordinated, the tower cannot be built. There is a bigger lesson to be learned.
Why is it important to understand what civilization is? Because you cannot improve or cope with something unless you know what it is and what actually is causing it.
Democracy has been selected by capitalism as the default political system because it allows for the widest control platform instead of, for example, a monarchy with a single influential family. Democracy allows the most people to participate in the control of the political process. Watching the circus that is this year’s election cycle, we might want to re-consider this sacred cow. Is there a better way?