DUNE, Author: Frank Herbert.
But those were small-scale societies. Typical hunter-gatherer groups number in a few dozen. In such societies everybody knows everybody else. They also know who is honest, who is a cheat.
Once you get societies above a million people, a hierarchical organization is inevitable.
There are no known large-scale (say, a million or more members) society today or in history, which was not organized hierarchically.
Think about it this way. There is no large-scale society that doesn’t have full-time administrators devoted to make it run smoothly.
We all hate bureaucrats, but the truth is that we cannot live without a bureaucracy. The same is true for the elites. more> http://goo.gl/Tkl26q