Of course, what the author is referring to when he uses the word "democracy" is the capitalist fake version of democracy that they hide behind to serve their interests (the One Percent) while pretending to serve the public interest. This fake version of democracy is widely known throughout the world as "bourgeois democracy".
The author clearly understands who really rules behind their elaborate facades of "democracy" and elections and spells them out in this and other articles on his website. In this article he also offers his ideas on what can be done to begin to inject real democracy into our society.
It becomes obvious that to rebalance this equation in our favor, we must stop paying our time, money, and attention to the corporate-financier elite's corporations, institutions, and organizations. It also quickly becomes obvious that in order to stop paying into these concentrated, centralized conglomerations of power, wealth and influence, we must devise decentralized, local alternatives.