AndyJensen wrote me a little bit ago, and it got me thinking.
Andy http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/07/20/clerk.earl.ap/index.html How odd is it that for hundreds, even thousands of years, people were born into positions of power without earning them? I guess there is still a lot of that going on, but thankfully not as much as there once was. Patrick Haller to Andy My guess is that it's because: 1] Someone has to lead (leadership is beneficial to society) 2] We're all more or less the same when we exit the womb 3] Training someone is expensive for society So we trained people, but only a few that we could afford. Genetic bias meant that the current ruling set chose their kids to be the ones society trained. Occasionally some uppity people came along and killed off the current ruling set. Sometimes this was good, sometimes it was bad. ;) I think the big advantage to representative democracy is that it's easier to remove the bad apples. Add in Montesquieu's idea of a tripartite balance of power and you have to be very diligent over a long period to shift a democracy.