I like this perspective. I had never thought of it from that perspective. I will remember that. But, this is an ideal situation. The riches remain in the hands of a very tiny subset of the population and every else, more or less, has to live the struggle. However, with respect to politicians I am more inclined to believe that they understand the toils of being a "commoner" and therefore will work to provide support for them.... But, then again, now that I put some more thought towards it, many politicians are corrupt. Perhaps this is what TheBigJ was alluding to when he said that a democracy is the worse. Interesting!