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There seem to be only two broadly viewed mechanisms of control of populaces by elites: government by force and government by fraud. In either case, the ruling elites always take care of their own interest and perpetuation first, regardless of long-term interests of their polities, well-being of their subjects or any notion of allegiance to their own stated ideologies. With the latter method — as it is practiced in much of the world — it would be dissembling, hypocrisy, and division of natural allies by carefully rationed patronage that are the most important tools of the elites’ perpetuation. In the rare instances when ideologies trump interests, the elites in question merely self-destruct, and all too often take their polities along into perdition.

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