who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow
insolent. Selected from the rest of mankind, their minds are early
poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially
from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of
knowing its true interests, and when they succeed in the government are
frequently the most ignorant and unfit of any throughout the dominions." Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776.