Srila Prabhupada is known for being completely spot on in his descriptions of just about everything, from the science of Krsna (God) to modern politics and medicine. Here is one excerpt from a class where he exposes the nature of today's so-called leaders.
Therefore, if you want real government who can lead you back to home, back to Godhead . . . that is perfect government. That is the duty of the government: to see the citizens happy in this life. They have no grievance for their living condition. They are happy. At the same time, they are preparing for going back to home, back to Godhead. That is good government. And the government who simply levies taxes somehow or other . . . every year, the budget is increasing tax. "You give us tax, and you go to hell. It doesn't matter. You give us tax." And the tax is divided amongst themselves. That is government. Whatever . . . we know in India, the tax collected, eighty percent is spent among the government servant. That's all.
So this is the position of Kali-yuga. Mleccha rajanya-rupino bhaksayisyanti prajas te (SB 12.1.40). That is predicted in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, that in Kali-yuga the mlecchas, means the rejected from human society, such persons, rogues and fools and rascals, they will take the post of king. Rajanya-rupinah. They are unworthy to be kicked, but they will take the post of government. Rajanya-rupinah. And what will be their business? Bhaksayisyanti prajas te. They will eat the citizens. That's all. Vital force. Vital force, blood-sucking, tax. Durbhiksa-kara-piditah (SB 12.2.9). In one side there will be scarcity of supply. In other side they will be perplexed with taxes. These are going to be happen.
Kara-piditah gacchanti giri-kananam. And they will give up their homely life and will go to the forest, to the hills. Just like every year you hear. Now it is going on, just like in Vietnam: the poor people, they are sometimes evacuating this place and evacuating . . . vacating this place, vacating that place. They are troubled. The politicians, they are making their own plan, and the poor people . . . we have seen. When partition was made in India, all poor Hindus and Muslims, they were in trouble. And the leaders, they were in happy mood in their apartment, ordering and eating very nicely, butter and bread. That's all. This is going on.
Therefore the only opportunity of becoming happy is that you preach this Krsna consciousness movement amongst the people, so if the people become educated in Krsna consciousness, and if they decide that, "We shall vote for Krsna conscious leader," then there will be happiness. Just like Prthu Maharaja, the king, we are discussing.