I especially like the historical aspect of the following quote from an article by Charles Burris at LewRockwell.com
From ancient Sumer to the present, all governments have been composed of elites. All states originate in conquest and exploitation, and as elite oligarchies, exercise a monopoly of crime over their subjects through war and taxation, indoctrination and propaganda, and the conscription of resources and persons. All states or regimes are characterized by the brutal struggle for power in its diverse open and concealed forms by competing elites. The most significant political division to be observed in such internecine warfare is that between the rulers and the ruled, the “ins” and the “outs,” the elite and the non-elite.
The state has always been the enemy of the freedom-loving, peaceful individual. It has always been about power over others and wealth (through the stealing of private property). It has always regarded its denizens not as valued individuals to be protected for its own sake, but as pawns in wars about geographical rule, or as mere cattle to be milked for resources. This is the reason why the individual is to be subservient to the “common good”. Democracy is no more than the pacification of a people that would otherwise be in a perpetual state of animosity toward the elite and therefore at the edge of revolution.
By the way, the quote comes from an article about the hypocrisy of politicians, but that’s repeating oneself.