Originally Posted by brewmenn
When the group is small (think family) itís fairly easy to get a consensus on what is best for the group, but once the group gets large, itís much more difficult. And itís not just that people are selfish bastards, it could just be different opinions on what is best for everyone. So what end up happening is that a strong central leadership is needed to impose what it believe is best for everyone on everyone. It then starts to justify mistreatment of some as what is necessary for the good of the people. Corruption and atrocities follow.
This line of thinking applies to dictatorships, socialism, democracies, monarchies, etc. All governments can be corrupted.