An ancient muslim scholar from around the 11th century (forget the guys name) noted that in general the ruling classes (in his case of city states) come from the country where they have their own power base. After seizing power they get settled in the city and turn their backs on the power base and go corrupt and soft and self serving after a few generations and cease to have the attributes that put them there. But there is always another ruling class with an external power base to take over.
Sounds pretty much like our own current situation. All over the world governments no longer represent the will of the people. In some places this results in countries falling apart (Moldova, Georgia, Serbia, Ukraine, Libya, Sudan, Ethiopia and possibly the UK and Spain) or becoming increasingly disillusioned by their government and increasingly propagandised by the media (just about everyone else).
Sounds like a bare metal format is needed to me too. And maybe time to welcome robot or alien overlords. Can't be worse than the current mob.