I have not actively covered how much Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a minute away from being some kind of dictator, but I think the military coup attempt sort of highlights just how much he isn't especially liked, except for the weird thing, which is that even though he's not greatly popular, the folks in Turkey seem to have come out for democratic ideals. Now this theory could totally crumble in a minute. but I would very much like to think that if the coup crumbles, it is sort of proof that democracy is only the worst form of government, except for all the others. And it might just remind us of how fragile, after all, is a government build on a certain degree of popular consensus.
It is very terrible when a significant population ceases to believe in the government at all. Which is why a government should take pains to stay believable.