I'm going to admit that the following query may be politically naive - I have no interest in politics whatsoever except for what appears as major events such as the recent presidential election - regardless The way that a nation is ruled can be measured by the degree to which the "ruler" respects the people ; you observe examples where drug cartels virtually rule a country or in a recent example of perhaps how Putin how elected his new "president". What motivations has Putin for maintaining policies according to his standards? Is it ultimately for a luxurious life? That is are all of the Russian people his "cows" that serve to provide for his luxurious life? Such questions are also relevant to communist nations such as China. Yes the people that are in the communist party get the choices selection of wines and women every night however are there any decent individuals within this boxed in and secretive group of people which truly have interest for their people or are they simply interested in maintaining such lifestyles which admittedly one is not even able to obtain in the US ; in the US for example women have some degree of independence. The central concern of this post is Are nations and have nations been ruled by a small group of people who live like gods through a "government" over a perpetually ignorant people who collectively provide for their lifestyles? This seems especially true with communist nations such as China.