Mobs are so unthinking - they cry out for manipulative leaders!
Reminded me of a very lovely low-budget Hindi movie from 1970s - I think director was I S Johar but I cannot recall the title & neither Google nor IMDB are able to help. It was a parody of Indira Gandhi's government of mid 70s; a walled city called "Jan Gan Man Pradesh" ends up electing a funny ruler who does things like in this story.
Fact sheet.First published: AntipodeanSF, #116 (January/February 2008).
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Note: Why is this post so short?