Most citizens are ready to sacrifice the welfare of others for their own welfare, thus creating a venal society.
Start Of Social Decline
A community becomes democratic when it violently replaces traditional rule with rule by agents of the popular will, which means that most citizens no longer revere tradition but revere themselves and their opinions.
Reversal in the Nature of Authority
This is a reversal of authority for it stops being the master but becomes the servant of its charges. Government stops being guided by tradition but starts being tyrannised by popular notions so replacing sensible rule, which places truth ahead of popularity with irrational rule, which places popularity ahead of truth. Thus winning:
A Silly Community Wanes
Being ruled by popular fears and fancies means: