The greatest political fear of mankind subject to humanistic government should be that we would entitle our way out of freedom and into dependence, a dependence conditioned over generations by an unwitting at best, calculated at worst, oligarchy that prides power over freedom in the name of exalting and preserving the betterment of civilization.
Preservation of a collective by appeasing their perceived needs at the cost of individual freedom and the personal labor needed to achieve success within a culture, betrays the fundamental creativity of the human individual, devoiding the world of any would-be solutions the individual might propose, all the while ensuring the prolonged position of influence held by the Granter and Preserver of said benefits.
What a civilization believes its entitled to elevates the Preserver to an iconic level as one who confronts the status quo in the name of the greater good. Once awakened, the newly discovered entitlement produces an insatiable hunger that gives rise to the Preserver, without whom the collective would starve. Without divine intervention or the shock of a cultural upheaval, the Preserver need only to ensure the public of his unwavering support of their needs in order to continue his campaign, subsequently extinguishing personal freedom and genuine creativity, essentially lulling a formerly sentient world to a slumber of the soul.