Humiliation is the single most underestimated force in politics. People will absorb hardship, hunger and pain. They will be grateful for jobs, cars and benefits. But if you force people to live indefinitely inside a rigged game that is flaunted in their face or make them feel like cattle that can be passed by one leader to his son or one politician to another, eventually they’ll explode.
Thomas Friedman has inspired me to post again. That man often shares such interesting thoughts. This one doesn't only apply to politics--I've been noticing this principle of human dignity a lot lately in the workplace. Without it, the same results: burnout, dissatisfaction, stagnation, lack of creativity.