I've always looked at capitalism and democracy as the best systems of management that we have because both of them have pressure release valves built in. Economy gets overheated or too cold, natural mechanisms take over and set it on another course. People hate the government, they just elect new assholes.
It's for that reason that I doubt we'll ever see armed rebellion again. There's no reason. Taking up arms happens when there's no way for unrest and pressure to escape the system. Look at France. They had bloody uprising on a near-weekly basis. Compare this to Britain, a paragon of stability in comparison, because Britain had pressure release valves that allowed the expunging of unrest without violence.