When good governments go bad

(Field Museum) When anthropologists examined a broad, global sample of 30 pre-modern societies, they found that when ‘good’ governments — ones that provided goods and services for their people and did not starkly concentrate wealth and power — fell apart, they broke down more intensely than collapsing despotic regimes. And the researchers found a common thread in the collapse of good governments: leaders who undermined and broke from upholding core societal principles, morals, and ideals. It’s… relevant.