Taking off from the Chomsky thread, I'd like to take a look at parliamentary rules and how they help those close to power gain it and keep it.
Thomas Brackett Reed is an historical figure who made the point that the more byzantine a rules system, the more power is wielded by someone who knows its nooks and crannies. I like the analog from The Titanic, when the Leonard DiCaprio character (let's call him "Jack") studied the structure of the big ship and learned thoroughly where its porous points were ... such knowledge came in handy when the ship went down and the poor folk got locked down into their proper categories of access to the deck that contained lifeboats.
We could look at the Speaker of the House as an historical matter, or at the rules of polite society that interfere with an upstart's ability to get and wield power.
It could be a fun discussion. For the venal, we could take a look at the lottery winners, and for the spiritual we could consider the likes of all the fallen evangelists (or discuss the ones left standing) ... or how it works that U.S. Presidents get 100 days of white glove treatment, and then after the party crashers announce the end, no more care or deference to the position exists, and groups form to pray for the president's demise.
At what points do we stop being human and fully embrace our Primate natures?