With capitalism and democracy you get mediocrity because society is bent towards the medicore, the average, the opinion of the collective. Since the state of being noble is not common, nobility slowly bleeds out of society until there is little left. The elegant restaurant slowly becomes the cafeteria (or McDonalds) and everything the society produces from clothing to weaponry bears the mark of mediocrity. Democracy and capitalism is a product of egalitarianism, and since egalitarians resent their superiors, even when they’re their benefactors, the noble among us are cast aside and we get the charlatan politicians we have, the soulless corporate leadership we have and a mediocre aesthetic as evidenced by modern architecture. Beauty is driven out in favor of the average, excellence is set aside for the “good enough,” and honor is done away with for the sake of expediency and utilitarian considerations.
With Marxism you get the shit because society is bent towards the proletariat, which is the lowest of all humanity, not because of unequal distribution of wealth, but because humans aren’t equal and a lot of them are, well, shit. Since the state of being shit is very common, a democratic, capitalist society slowly transforms into a Marxist society, which is why liberals are happy to wage war for democracy, knowing that Marxist socialism is around the bend. The noble are vilified and hated, beauty is ostracized, and the aesthetic (as evidenced by Soviet architecture) resembles the proletariat: drab, plain, tasteless and unrefined. Eventually, a Marxist society cannot even create mediocre products, and churns out a massive amount of shit, much as China churns out inferior goods that often don’t even meet the standard of mediocrity.
With aristocracy, royalty, and its 20th century manifestation, fascism, you get beauty, nobility, honor and high quality because society is bent towards heaven. They are elevated, and higher ideals are placed on a pedestal instead of silly and often anti-Biblical goals like egalitarianism or maximizing profits. The proletariat and the commoner alike is ennobled, as his energies are channeled by his betters towards higher ideals. The common man begins to exhibit greater and greater levels of refinement, and things thought of as impossible in today’s society, such as many people knowing how to read and write in Latin, become fairly commonplace. The lower classes may still be peons, but there’s an air of dignity about them due to aristocratic morality, because aristocratic morality become the standard of the land and restrains their degeneracy, allowing some of their brighter children to experience upwards social mobility, rather than the universal downwards social mobility we see in a Marxist nation which often begins by butchering the best in society (Mao’s Great Leap Forward, the Soviet Red Terror, Pol Pot’s purges of intellectuals). Nobility manifests itself in great works of art and architecture, and culture reaches new zeniths as time passes.
We can see the differences between Marxism (shit), democracy (mediocrity) and aristocracy (excellence) in the uniforms of World War II. The Soviet Union had the lowest quality uniforms, which are mostly tan and offered little cover and concealment. Much of their weaponry and goods had to be given to them by the egomaniacal warmonger known as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The United States had decent equipment, but nothing special. The olive drab offered basic concealment. The Nazi Germans had amazing equipment and their impeccable uniforms are recognized to this day as among the best looking uniforms in military history. The Germans were decades ahead of their time and began fielding camouflage combat uniforms that the US was not able to match in quality until at least part of the way through the Vietnam War. The Nazi German helmet was even superior to all others, especially the little caps the starving, impoverished Soviets wore into battle because the Bolshevik Motherland couldn’t produce nearly enough tin-pot commie helmets to equip their quantity-vs-quality style military that sought to “zerg” the Germans. Note that the Germans even created the first modern assault rifle, the STG 44, which was the basis for the AK47.