I had cause to think of one of the smarter people I know and while it was not required and never will be I called to mind a phrase from one of Larry Niven's remarkable books about Kzin. The Ringworld engineers built things to last. Here is the thought.
We used to teach people 'civics' in school. I got my fill of them with the nuns, with the assistant football coach teaching Alabama State History and with countless other teachers who taught young people that this was a republic and taught us the nuts and bolts about how it was supposed to work. They never really got into the graft and corruption but they did lay out the fundamental principles much as one would talk about the laws of thermodynamics.
I really don't think anybody does that anymore. That is probably not a good thing. In fact, I'd venture to say it is a very bad thing. I really don't think people want to be in a society that has decided that the best way to lead is to outthug the rest.
I didn't expect to live in a kzin society.