Perhaps the real problem then is that our species’ rather poor track record of benevolent leaders is not simply due to inherent flaws in ‘human nature’ but rather the presence of specific ‘types’ of humans who LACK certain natural human traits, empathy and compassion being the most important ones. As many readers will already know, psychopaths fit this profile particularly well.
When this type of human being accedes to a position of power, the normal human beings over whom they rule are in trouble. It is a certainty that such leaders will immediately begin to manifest evidence of corruption and greed and will come to view the people as the means through which they can accrue more power and wealth. At the same time however, it must be obvious that the people also constitute a clear threat to this ‘elite’ and their privileged position. The people can, theoretically, at any moment rebel and overthrow their masters. For the elite then, the people play the role of both cash cow and a potentially deadly enemy that must be contained by whatever means.