Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase… The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.
Governments, if they endure, always tend increasingly toward aristocratic forms. No government in history has been known to evade this pattern. And as the aristocracy develops, government tends more and more to act exclusively in the interests of the ruling class — whether that class be hereditary royalty, oligarchs of financial empires, or entrenched bureaucracy.
Politics as Repeat Phenomenon: Bene Gesserit Training Manual (from Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune).