When you look at America (yes, a representative republic) we are into a couple of 'entitlement' generations.
Sadly this has lead to 50% of Americans not paying federal income tax. The 'takers' are starting to outnumber the 'makers' and along with that people will choose to take what isn't their because they feel entitled to it.
It is actually quite funny because these are usually the ones who preach 'equality' but then favor policies that treat citizens unequal, such as a millionaire tax. These people do this because they feel entitled to that persons personal property.
It is pretty sickening.
Democracy doesn't work because you can always vote to take someones private property.