There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob.
-- G. K. Chesterton, "Heretics", 1905
That's a good one. There has been so many otherwise intelligent men through history who have been very sure that if we could just get the Wise Few to rule, all would be well. And it is a very seductive thought. But even if we assume that there are a few who are free of the basic insanity of man, and that seems very doubtful, then how will they rule? Nobody has ever, anywhere, held a ruling position more than a day except through raw force. Even a "democracy" is held in place by the force of the majority.