Yes or No
There is truth here, although it’s not my preferred framing. The risks you cite are real. I would encourage you to read the book I cited, and other works by these authors. Robust dispersed institutions are the only real way to restrain the powerful.The majority of people in power are sociopaths.
Literally. It's not a claim.
Most people in power, people seeking power, are sociopaths.
And the majority are self serving.
They do NOT have society's best interests at heart.
Sadly, it often takes a sociopath mindset/mentality to attain power.
The problem is, ask 1000 people on the streets if gov acts in your best interest, MOST would say no...
They feel something is off about it.
But they don't care enough.
Because things take care of itself. One way or another.
If you care, you take over more responsibility, which most don't want.
And then you have millions of yes-men.
Like @swiss_tennisgod for example
Actually it is worse in emergency times...Maybe in emergency times, like this year with the Covid and bushfire crises (and I am talking about all levels of government here, state, federal and local).
But generally they only act for self serving and political reasons.