I have always thought that if you look at history, there is really only two ways to rule people and organize society. Those are Bullplop and bloodshed. You can't keep everyone happy, so rulers/politicians say a lot of phony things. Doesn't mean they are bad, it's just an effective way to get people to let you tell them what to do. Well there can be some downright awful evil stuff that can come of it, but it can also be benevolent. The other way to keep a society in order is by violence or the threat of violence. Of course like everything this acts on a continuum, some (religious society) run on a BS threat of violence from an all mighty. I always keep this in the back of my head when people criticize modern democratic places, it's not perfect but we could be living under a very different system like a lot of the poor souls on this planet have.