The best societies in the world are ones with powerful elected politicians: (from the Wikipedia entry on 'Public Choice Theory'):
".... Mancur Olson was an important contributor to public choice theory, as well as an advocate of strong government. In his books, he analyzed the development of Japan and Germany after the Second World War, and came to the conclusion that their economic success owed a big part to the fact that there were few or no political interest groups lobbying at the time, and that the politicians had free
hands to implement policies as they saw fit."
This 'best socieities in the world' may become a continuing theme on this blog. We'll see.