Guest Post: Citizens Are The Soylent Green Of Today's Politics

Tyler Durden's picture

Originally posted at Monty Pelerin's World blog,

Neither American political party is worth supporting. Each has interests inconsistent with those of the American public. The claimed political differences are mostly cosmetic, designed for marketing advantage. Both parties act in their self interest which does not coincide with that of the citizens or the well-being of the country.

Each party behaves like a self-serving criminal gang. The quaint concept of serving the public exists no longer. Routinely they exempt themselves  from the rules and laws they impose on the rest of the country. Their policies enrich the political class while the rest of the country becomes poorer.

Mark Twain described Congress as our ”distinctly native American criminal class.” Albert J. Nock went further, generalizing Twain’s somewhat parochial observation:

Taking the State wherever found, striking into its history at any point, one sees no way to differentiate the activities of its founders, administrators and beneficiaries from those of a professional-criminal class

Lest the reader think these two individuals confused or biased, a more complete collection of quotes on government is available here: Do Only Dumb People Believe in Government?

How The Game Changed

As government grew in size and influence, the rewards associated with political office grew. Sacrifice and service were displaced with the opportunity for personal spoils. The motivation subtly changed from service to the accumulation of wealth. Mother Theresa quietly morphed into Gordon Gecko.

Today, politics is considered a lucrative career choice, not service to one’s country. The rise of the professional politician was never anticipated by the Founders of the nation. Yet, had the Constitution been strictly adhered to, the improper incentives that drove the change could never have occurred.

Criminal activity always promises higher returns than legal activity, especially for the less talented. This form of monopoly profit always attracts the most ruthless. Prohibition, as an example, provided the opportunity for excess profits that attracted many a thug. The beginnings of US organized crime syndicates are widely believed to have started as a result.

Monopoly profits now are possible for the ruthless who enter public office. Furthermore, as lawmakers their risk of being prosecuted for wrongdoing is reduced. Is it any surprise that we have the motley cast of political leaders currently vying for dominance?

Once the potential for excess returns was added to politics, morality and ethics were displaced with the “whatever it takes” approach of organized crime. Today’s politicians abide by the same ethics and morality that characterized the old-time bootleggers. In two respects dealing with bootleggers was more satisfying:

  • Dealing with a bootlegger was a voluntary transaction.
  • If you chose to, you presumably received a useful product in return.

The New Role of Constituents

The concept of political service has been replaced by that of masked exploitation. The public is no longer viewed as clients or constituents to be served. Instead they have become political prey. Politicians see the public as a collection of wallets and votes, fair game to be hunted as the means to expand power and wealth. Constituents are now the Soylent Green of the political food chain.

The political class assumes the public exists to serve them, not the other way around. Public participation beyond the lightening of wallets or the provision of votes is unwelcome. It is considered “interference” that must be deterred by the ruling class.

The political class is now a huge, voracious parasite. Like the plant in the Little Shop of Horrors, its needs have grown to the point where it threatens anything productive. Its needs now exceed the willingness for continued sacrifice on the part of the productive. The parasite threatens the very existence of the host.

The political Ponzi scheme of tax, borrow and spend has reached its limit. Either it will die when citizens turn on it or it will kill the productive, ensuring its own destruction.

It perishes in the end. Whether it takes civilization with it is the bigger question.

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zorba THE GREEK's picture

To some degree, all history has been like this.

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Pladizow's picture

Pepsi vs. Coke - Different cans, same shit inside.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

I can hardly think of a more selfless career choice than going into politics. Politics is not for the faint hearted. Think of working 16 hour days with the press scrutinizing your every move 24/7. You have to stay absolutely up to date on issues ranging from finance and transport to military operations, and the decisions you make influence millions of peoples’ lives. Could any of you live with that responsibility? Could of any of you doomer pyjama-traders handle the pressure of the paparazzi? I didn’t think so.

The idea that someone would go into such a competitive and relentless field without a strong selfless desire to make society a better place is an astonishingly absurd proposition. It’s actually quite deranged.

Newfie's picture

Cool story bro! How's the kool aid today?

Manthong's picture

There is not really much more to be said about this issue, and it was said over 200 years ago..

“Our country is too large to have all its affairs directed by a single government. Public servants at such a distance, and from under the eye of their constituents, must, from the circumstance of distance, be unable to administer and overlook all the details necessary for the good government of the citizens; and the same circumstance, by rendering detection impossible to their constituents, will invite public agents to corruption, plunder and waste.

BeetleBailey's picture

LOL...stop drinking out of the toilet, douche

King_Julian's picture

MDB, I up voted you. Good stuff today. I needed the laugh.

Winston Smith 2009's picture

"You have to stay absolutely up to date on issues ranging from finance and transport to military operations"

But they don't.  They let the lobbyists write any legislation requiring such specialized knowledge and then, if it's too long and complex, don't even bother reading it before passing it.

Anusocracy's picture

The default state for society is the animal world.

Since the actions of government are based in force, it tends to drive civilization back to the animal world. Bloody in tooth and claw is driven by government now.

What's its death toll going to be in the 21st century -

DaveyJones's picture

and don't forget those young devilish page boys tempting your piety  

zuuma's picture

"The idea that someone would go into such a competitive and relentless field without a strong selfless desire to make society a better place is an astonishingly absurd proposition. It’s actually quite deranged."

ohhhh MDB...


If only that were true.

Any research of Milwaukee congresscritter Gwen Moore (D) -- speeches, writings, voting record, etc. -- instantly crushes the above motivational ideal.

I'm sure that there are at least 100 "peers" [non-identical clones] of her out there, as well.

Anything, ANYTHING can be elected to congress in the good ole USA.


/>sarc or not, it's really sad.

MontgomeryScott's picture


Megalomania is a psychopathological disorder where in the person experiences delusional fantasies of greatness, wealth, grandeur, omnipotence and superiority. The person with this type of mental illness will be obsessed with doing extravagant things, will think only about themselves, will not have any concern for others and will have lust for power and money. A megalomaniac person will also exaggerate his/her talent in an unrealistic egoistic way, consider them as unique and will be self centered. According to the experts, this mental disorder is related to Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) which means self-love. How and why this type of illness develops may be because of different behavioral characteristics, childhood and nature of parenting during childhood days. One of the best examples of a megalomaniac in the history was Adolf Hitler.


One of the most distinguishing characteristics of a sociopath is how he relates to others. Although able to exude charm, wit, attraction and sexual behavior, the sociopath is void of the genuine ability to emotionally connect with other human beings. Sociopaths often seeks relationships with people who have something to offer, such as money, material goods or status. The relationship serves a means to an end for the sociopath, and manipulation is a valuable asset for obtaining what the sociopath desires when the partner in the relationship withholds. Love is not an option for a sociopath, however this typically isn't clear to the relationship partner until after the sociopath has left the relationship for a better option. When relationship conflict occurs, the sociopath's goal is to manipulate the partner into feeling as if the conflict occurred due to her own fault. A sociopath rarely takes any responsibility for disagreements.

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Gee, MDB, you ARE, REALLY, (what's the descriptive word?), TWEAKED!

"The idea that someone would go into such a competitive and relentless field without a strong selfless desire to make society a better place is an astonishingly absurd proposition."

The idea that politicians are doing what they do in this current world out of some need for 'the betterment of humanity' would only describe about 1 10th of 1 percent of these 'people'.


Damn, I've seen wild examples of cranial-rectal dysfunctions in the past, but the fact that you would even bother posting your assaholic opinions HERE is REALLY BEYOND THE PALE!

Sorry. I didn't mean to offend anyone.

bagehot99's picture

The following post, by MDB, is clearly written as satire. Nobody with a functioning cerebral cortex could actually hold such demonstrably idiotic and simply falsifiable views as this.

He's either joking, or in immediate need of professional help.

DaveyJones's picture

they say some of his saitre is not as "clear"

MontgomeryScott's picture

Tell that dude to put a 'sarc' tag on it, or something.


Well, i guess some people get a rise out of stirring the pot of shit up...

Stuart's picture

Until the paycheck no longer arrives in the mail or the ATM doesn't work, the public will remain asleep.   The average Joe just doesn't care enough or too distracted by the Amazing Race or Monday night football or what app they can download.   Sad state we are in.   The dumb masses. 

OldE_Ant's picture

Would you like the red or blue soylent?

I assure you they are both juicy and tasty and both have the same empty centers!

Long-John-Silver's picture

I want green soylent, it's Green!

MontgomeryScott's picture

I like maps of the available Solyent sources, to find out which color is palatable.

In three, two, one...

I need to upgrade my cable service now, because I want my MTV. (sarc)

Who's got videos of Miley Cyrus 'twerking'?

Freewheelin Franklin's picture



The New Role of Constituents

The concept of political service has been replaced by that of masked exploitation....


The same can be said of the "news" media. They exist to serve the politicians.


Thank god for ZH.

q99x2's picture

I got to vote once in the last 3 months. It was for a State assemblyperson. Only one person on the ballot had no party affiliation. I voted for that candidate.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re:  I voted for that candidate

Onward, comrade!!  Good luck on your five year plan too!

Johnbrown's picture

A message to all federal employees

To the hardly dedicated, and not so hard-working employees of the US Government.

The Federal Government is the largest criminal organization in the world with more than 2 million "civilian" parasites and 1.4 million hired killers who predate against others in all 50 states and around the world....

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re:   and not so hard-working employees of the US Government.

Don't forget, the salarys hard-working employess of the US government only account for 5% of the 2 trillion buck distributed each year.

Where does the rest go?     Oh yeah, to the free-enterprise loving patriots collecting money from:  Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-Energy, Big-Ed, Big-House, Big-Fin, Big-OldFart, Big-OldFartHealthcare, Big-AntiDrug, & Big-PoliceState.

Git yer socialist hands off my Medicare,  I'm entitle to that free motor-scooter!

MontgomeryScott's picture

I hear that Government Motors and Tesla have teamed up with the engineers at Boeing (the ones working on the 787 'Screamliner' project) to bring you a 'RASCAL' electric scooter that actually DOESN'T CATCH FIRE in the battery cells. Your 'bamacare should be kicking in soon, and you don't want to miss out on this powerful investment opportunity! (Some assembly required, batteries not included, see your healthcare advocate for details, some restictions apply, don't miss out on special savings offers if you have your chip already implanted, learn to speak Hindu if you wish to call for further details)

Based on calculations, assuming the average pay, benefits, and perks of the average Federal employee are $100,000 per year (this is probably low), i arrive at a figure of 7% of the spending per annum, so you are probably close in your estimates.

Lobbyists and their represented corporations are an unknown, but interest on the 'debt' paid to the FED IS a known. Payouts to the weffare system in all capacities can also be calculated. Budgets for the various departments are able to be added up (EXCEPT for 'emergency spending bills, having to do with 'BLACK PROJECTS' and the GWOT, as well as 'emergency relief spending' in the event of natural disasters).

BILLARY CLINTON 'balanced the budget' by telling the Congressional Budget Office that Social Security payment income from the taxpayers be counted as 'revenue'. It had been left as a standalone up until this time, and the monies recieved were supposedly 'earmarked' for investment in interest-bearing investment 'vehicles', which were SUPPOSED to be 'self-sustaining', and as such , were considered to be 'off-budsget' items (until CLINTON). The rules changed, most likely because the 'trust fund' had been raided to pay for all the bullshit 'promises' and the 'regional wars' up until that time...and all that remained were a bunch of 'full faith and credit' I.O.U.s...

Is it any wonder that the U.S. Congress hasn't passed an ACTUAL BUDGET in. what is it, FIVE YEARS, NOW?

Get a free motor-scooter when you sign up for the AHCA, and for a limited time, get a FREE 'TRAC-FONE' for LIFE!

Radical Marijuana's picture

"1.4 million hired killers" makes improving anything seem practically impossible, while it appears clear that the USA is going to continue to transform from democratic republic to democidal plutocracy.

The easy part is to point out the social facts. However, what is hard is to do anything to change the dynamic equilibria of the different systems of organized lies, operating organized robberies, to become anything better, instead of always worse, faster. The basic ways that most people think would have to change beyond our ability to imagine, especially since THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CHRONIC POLITICAL PROBLEMS WHICH NEED TO BE RESOLVED. The supreme paradox of civilization is that the central social fact is that it is controlled by the people who are the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence. The deeper paradoxes are about WHY that happens, namely there ARE CHRONIC POLITICAL PROBLEMS!

It is impossible for there to be no death controls, and the death controls are always going to be the central controls of civilization. The USA, like all states, was created in the crucible of conflicts, where survival in the context of warfare was the test. That survival primarily depended upon being good at deceit, and backing that up with destruction, IS THE FUNDAMENTAL NATURE OF GOVERNMENT, AND ALSO WHY GOVERNMENTS END UP BEING CONTROLLED BY THE BEST ORGANIZED GANGS OF CRIMINALS. But nevertheless, there always continue to be chronic political problems, as long as any human beings survive, since those problems are inherent to the nature of life itself. The degree to which the USA represented the global triumph of Neolithic Civilization is the degree to which its people perfected the immaculate hypocrisy about what it was doing.

What makes operating a system with "1.4 million hired killers" SO EXTREMELY PROBLEMATIC is the degree to which doing that is done through the maximum possible deceits about itself, while almost all of its opposition is just as deceitful, if not more sublimely so. The most important things that governments do are operate their MURDER SYSTEMS, WHICH BACK UP THEIR MONEY SYSTEMS. The American manifestations of ways to resolve those chronic political problems have become the greatest single civilized concentration of deceits and frauds, because deceits and frauds are the fundamentally necessary nature of those systems, which must exist, due to the nature of life itself. However, the American political discourse continues to operate through the maximum possible lies about itself, and that includes the ways that the opposition to the established systems are usually also utterly dishonest about the social facts, and deny and suppress those social facts, whenever they talk about making things "better."

The human experiment with the ability to build a brain that can usefully model the world, but which includes a model of itself within its model of the world, has plunged through infinite tunnels of deceits and frauds, since the basic nature of that life is necessarily organized systems of lies, operating organized robberies, in which those who were the best at doing that were also the best at lying about what they were doing, while those who are trying to replace them attempt to stay within that hypocritical frame of reference, that somehow they too are not operating their own systems of organized lies and robberies.

Throughout history, being more open and honest about how the murder/money systems were being operated was always the most unsuccessful strategy. At the same time, operating those real systems through even better systems of organized lies was successful. The human species has dug itself into an almost infinitely deep hole due to that historical process. The "1.4 million hired killers" employed by the government of the USA, which is actually directed by the covert corporatocracy, (biggest and best organized crime gangs) has become a runaway fascist plutocracy juggernaut, with an overwhelming abundance of weapons of mass destruction, that are trillions of times more powerful than anything that previously existed in human history. Meanwhile, more and more of that is becoming manifested through the de facto privatization of the public powers of governments.

Those weapons are only possible because of a series of creative breakthroughs in scientific paradigms, which enabled some human beings to build models of the world which expressed greater apparent truth about how that world worked. Of course, the first thing that that knowledge was applied to do was to build better weapons, and the second thing was to make more profits, because the basic nature of civilization was NECESSARILY a combined murder/money system. The only thing we can actually do is continue to muddle through the madness that the real world is controlled by different systems of organized lies, operating organized robberies, and the worst of those systems are the ones that most insist that they are based on THE TRUTH, and have RIGHTS.

Developing better dynamic equilibria between the different systems of organized lies, operating organized robberies, is extremely difficult because the biggest and most successful ones are those who are the best at being dishonest about themselves, and that includes not only their established systems, but also the opposition to those systems. Indeed, from a sublimely abstract point of view, the "opposition" often tends to be even more awesome hypocritical, in the ways that they promote impossible ideals.

The general theme of the progress in science and technology (which has enabled building a global fiat money electronic fraud, backed by atomic bombs) has been UNITARY MECHANISMS, in order to understand nature better. Progress in science has moved away from false fundamental dichotomies. However, politics continues to almost totally based on the same old false fundamental dichotomies, and related impossible ideals. Therefore, while most of the revealed analysis of the social facts tends to be correct and insightful, that all tends to collapse back to bullshit "solutions" because what has always actually worked best throughout the history of human civilization is bigger and better deceits, backed by destruction. The problems that our technologies have become trillions of times more powerful and capable have not yet worked themselves through ...

Both Monty Pelerin's, as well as the article that Johnbrown linked above, are more classic reactionary revolutionary writings, which do good enough analysis of the superficial social facts, but which do not move beyond the same old false fundamental dichotomies when it comes to suggesting any possible "solutions." The only genuine solutions are extremely paradoxical, because they emerge in the context of the dilemmas of the nature of the human experiment, which is that human beings build models of their world, in which there are models of themselves, modeling their world, and themselves, which plunge through infinite tunnels. Furthermore, those sets of nested toroidal vortices have been selected by the history of warfare, and militarism to rationalize that warfare, to become based on the maximum possible deceits about themselves. Moreover, the more symbolic and abstract that became, as information became more important than power, the greater the degree to which civilization ended up being dominated by the best professional liars and immaculate hypocrites.

That is currently manifesting in the ways that our financial systems are fundamentally based on frauds, and actually operate the maximum possible frauds, which have been increasing at an exponentially accelerating rate, and which therefore, are very rapidly reaching some real limits. However, the problem is that almost everyone who presents those social facts then collapses back to bullshit "solutions" based on the same old false fundamental dichotomies, and impossible ideals.

In a real world system where the USA represents slightly more than half of the total military force in the world, and in which the American Dollar is the global reserve currency, having "1.4 million hired killers" armed with weapons of mass destruction, protecting the interests of a fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting system, has become too problematic to comprehend! That is especially so because almost all of the opposition to that system tends to be just as dishonest, or even, from an abstract point of view, even more dishonest, because the opposition continues to promote the same old impossible ideals as somehow being the "solutions."

WE ARE WITHIN HUMAN REALITIES ALWAYS BEING ORGANIZED LIES, OPERATING ORGANIZED ROBBERIES, AND THEREFORE, NEEDING TO EVOLVE ECOLOGIES OF THOSE SYSTEMS. Actually doing that opens up passages through infinite tunnels of deceits, through Bizarro Mirror Worlds, because the best combined money/murder systems operate through being the best at being dishonest about themselves, in order to most successfully operate their deceits and frauds.

In that context, what we truly need, although it too seems practically impossible, is for political science to go through the paradigm shifts in its own perceptions, throughout the operations of the combined human money/murder systems. Articles like the one above on Zero Hedge, and the one that Johnbrown cited, illustrate that standing problem that the opposition to the established systems tend to all be "Black Sheep" or "reactionary revolutionaries," who reveal the social facts that the government IS organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals, BUT then refuse to stay consistent with that perception when they propose their "solutions." Furthermore, the degree to which they continue to take the biggest bullies' bullshit social stories still for granted makes it even more improbable that they will respond any better.

The problem with understanding human beings, and human civilizations, as energy systems is that, to be consistent with itself, it has to "accept" that the most labile components control the systems, and therefore, it is always the case that the organized systems of lies, operating organized robberies, are controlled by the most extreme forms of lies and robberies. Of course, in that context, in a world where everything scientific is understood as being energy systems, the concept of entropy is understood backwards, since an arbitrary minus sign was inserted into the entropy equations, so that power and information would end up having positive values. In fact, ALL measures of power and information ALWAYS have negative values. Realities are necessarily organized lies, operating organized robberies. That is WHY that is what the government actually IS.

IF, IF, IF, enough citizens were not acting like incompetent political idiots, then we might be able to see better arms races between the different systems of organized lies and robberies, resulting in more checks and balances, through better dynamic equilibria. However, tragically, that is not now a reasonable expectation. There can be no better resolutions of the chronic political problems as long as we continue to operate within the frame of reference of false fundamental dichotomies, and their related impossible ideals. That is why one can not reasonably expect those problems to be resolved in any better ways in the foreseeable future, rather than for the runaway social insanities, which are exponentially increasing, overshooting, and collapsing into chaos. (And, inside that context, I wonder why I bother to post this comment, since it will not change anything anyway.)

MontgomeryScott's picture


I thought MY comments were too long!

Radical Marijuana's picture

Yeah, well, MontgomeryScott, we are all bozos on this bus, twiddling our thumbs, while faced with the dilemma between doing nothing effective, versus making things worse faster.

I just pass my time thinking out loud about these topics, as provoked by the articles and comments. Nobody has to read that, and really, there is no practical point to any of this ... since the established systems are tsunamis of fraud backed by force, which are going to deluge us all into oblivion, while there is really nothing practical that can be done to prepare for that, although a lot of people like to still pretend there is something that they could do, in order to be prepared for the earthquakes and tidal waves that are surely coming, due to the government becoming so obviously corrupt and crazy that the vast majority of Americans are already disgusted with it ...

However, at the same time, we are stuck in those same old ruts, going around and around, like my replies do ... AFTER ALL, CONSIDER THAT MONTY PERELIN IS RIGHT WHEN HE WRITES: "Citizens Are The Soylent Green Of Today's Politics!"

"... a dystopian future suffering from pollution, overpopulation, depleted resources, poverty, dying oceans, and a hot climate due to the greenhouse effect. Much of the population survives on processed food rations, including "soylent green" ... where it is human corpses that are being converted into that "soylent green!"

What is one supposed to do after looking at all the available facts, and finding that the metaphors in the worst dystopian science fiction nightmares ARE what is happening, and what is more probably going to continue to happen, as those established processes get worse, faster ???

Like I already said, I have no doubt that the articles and comments on Zero Hedge are not going to make any real difference, other that perhaps providing some philosophical consolations to those who contemplate them ...

hangemhigh77's picture

Tell me something I DON'T know......for the last 30 FUCKING YEARS!!!  LET THE HANGINGS BEGIN!!!!

Dr. Engali's picture

"The rise of the professional politician was never anticipated by the Founders of the nation."


I disagree with this statement. There is plenty of evidence that they foresaw the problems of men seeking power:


Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.” –  Thomas Jefferson


“There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with the power to endanger the public liberty.” – John Adams


“The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.” – James Madison


The people must remain ever vigilant against tyrants masquerading as public servants.” – George Washington


And if a government becomes destructive we have these words from another important document in American history:


That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.


OwnSilverPlayMusic's picture

How dare you quote those extremists and terrorist literature such as The Declaration of Independence.  The gov't loves us and only wants what's best for us.   Barry Obama told me so!

Winston Smith 2009's picture

I'm paraphrasing a quote I read some time ago - "The best way to be labelled as a dangerous person these days is to quote the founding fathers." When that becomes the perception from the government, as it has, you know things are completely off course Constitutionally.

Anusocracy's picture

Public service and government are contradictory. How can stealing wealth from the public be a service?

To me, public service is charity or volunteer work. Or helping an old lady cross the street.

Spastica Rex's picture

Let's just go back to royal families, it would be cheaper and easier that way. It was an efficient system that worked for centuries. Every once in a while, the competing royal families could have small wars with one another. It would entertain the masses.

Clinton. Bush. Paul.

prains's picture

you mean war-lords don't you, city based factions fighting one another for scarce resources, sounds positively dark ages.......wait a minute

NidStyles's picture

It amazes me that most people refer to them as Dark Ages, even though the reason they are considered Dark Ages is because there was a distinctive lack of governmental and centralized influence of the cultures of the world during that period. Dark Ages indeed....

Ghordius's picture

interestingly, many european monarchs enjoyed popular support because they were perceived by the masses as a check on the oligarchs

one of the most interesting of those checks is that the monarch usually made sure nobody enjoyed more "conspicuos consumption" or means or power than the Crown

Elizabeth I did it in a very oldfashioned way: she just showed up at your main residence and kept being the most honoured guest (with the whole retinue) until she nearly bankrupted you. then she left for the next most dangerous man on the list, who of course had for sure a nice residence

once the smarter oligarchs realized that there was a "cap" on what they could squeeze out of the economy, they dished their dreams for MOAR

hence the ancient Greek adage that it's a cycle: Democracy -> Oligarchy -> Monarchy -> Democracy, etc.

though their term for Monarchs was Tyrant (and they used it as a neutral, descriptive term), and their term Democracy described both Isocracies and Republics

Sandmann's picture

But the Monarch had to be cautious. Elizabeth I faced many plots and intrigues and the Civil War broke out as her succession passed to the incompetent Stuarts from Scotland.

She also created a class of barons herself - the Cecils for example enriched themselves greatly and are still a major poitical family in England.

NOTaREALmerican's picture

Re: many european monarchs

Like every political ISM:  it works until it doesn't.

When the first inbred moron is born the sociopaths infesting the palace take over and it's down hill all the way.