The political system is actually a complex mix of ruler (president / prime minister), oligarchy (ministers / senators, academic policy advisers, government bureaucrats and large corporations), and the masses (democracy).
There is clearly an interplay of all three groups that ultimately determines policy.
This is what I have hesitated to say so long, knowing what a paradox it would sound; for it is not easy to see that there is no other road to happiness, either for society or the individual.
(Plato, Republic) Unfortunately, because of a failure of philosophy / metaphysics to understand what is ultimately true (i.e.
When we survey our lives and endeavours, we soon observe that almost the whole of our actions and desires is bound up with the existence of other human beings.