In any network, the nexus points where interaction takes place are, in a sense, the network itself. A campfire, a crossroads, a market, a bank, a church, a school, a commodities exchange, a 19th century newspaper, a 20th century radio or television station, a 21st century social network, an influencer, a network router, a processor, a software process, a thought, a court, a state, an alliance. Who or what sets the rules for transactions at these points determines the behavior of the network. In human civilization, therefore, these points of interaction are always vulnerable should someone decide to sabotage the behavior of the network as a whole. If control or rule making is arbitrary (say, based upon wealth for example), you get what you get from that which controls that node, or multiple nodes, in that system. The nexus point is the brokerage of iteration within the system. It determines the course of systemic change. The only countermeasure to systemic turbulence or collapse, even if control is not arbitrary or value agnostic, is the strength of other nodes or of agents of transaction. In other words, if you don’t want a kleptocracy of all the things, you need to sensibly regulate stuff and improve your education system to comprehensively enable transactional agents to participate with the greatest possible awareness and good faith. Because if you don’t do that you’re rolling the dice at every transaction within the system. You’re leaving it up to the ultimate entropy of the social. And that, my friends, is how polities die.