Democracy doesn't respect science because average people don't get it. The "right" to elect who governs us is exactly the problem with democracy. Even without ridiculous propaganda like from Fox news, the Kim regime, in Soviet Russia, from Putin, from China today, or from Goebbels in the 3rd Reich, average people just aren't equipped to make or evaluate the effectiveness of policy decisions. It's not an insult, it's just not the role they have prepared for in society. We need people to do various tasks that they train for, and it's just not going to work to attempt to get the average person to get international affairs, climate change, healthcare policy, etc. So how are they going to have any idea whether their leader's policies are working? They don't know. At best, they judge if things seem to be getting better or worse, but that's not directly determined by whether the right policy is in place. Average people will less ideally base their evaluations of their leaders on whether they are a democrat, whether the leader seems nice or confident or whatever form of charisma draws them in. It's just stupid, frankly. No there HAS to be a better way. On the other hand, a foundation of oligarchy and/or democracy always exists. Kings reigned, even when they were idiots, because people believed in divine right and the oligarchy (nobles) thought they were a lesser evil than the alternatives. What is needed is for the people, or the oligarchies in charge, to believe in science and evidence, and trust that people chosen to lead based upon intelligence will follow that evidence while respecting their (real) rights. This would require a constitutional technocracy of some sort, and fewer idiots. So maybe someday, but probably after a singularity.