I am sorry, but are you saying a poor democratic country can have the people in equation?If Chinese don't believe something than it's not true? Numbers don't lie. A totalism regime can develop 10 times faster than a democracry simply because people are not part of any equation.
what about the child labours, malnorished people, people with shorter life span, people without running water.... I guess all these are part of the equation in democratic formula