open source world as a "Democracy", and perhaps the speaker is simply uneducated as to the true meaning of the word.
In practice, programming open source is like living in a type of Republic and there is a fundamental guideline that must be followed by anyone submitting code, the code must work! If you submit code that the programming language cannot parse, your work is rejected.
Likewise, if this were applied politically, law submitted for consideration would have to pass one basic test, is it constitutional. If not, it would be out of the scope of the project and therefore rejected.
I AM is all that is. Everything else is malleable.