Anarchy is arguably the most democratic of all political systems, and therefore has to be used as a synonym for chaos, to ensure it is never taken seriously.
All three mainstream parties seem to me to drift further from democracy every day. A system that discourages political involvement, and is therefore democratic, at best, on one day every 4 years, isn’t democracy in any thorough going way.
Until citizen groups challenge the decision making process at community, county, assembly and national levels, democracy will only get paid lip service. It makes life so much easier for the high end civil servants and politicians if we keep quiet and passive.
As the song lyric goes:
“…we’ll take all the big decisions, you just watch the television…”