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Is it part of human nature to have a hierarchy?

This question was mainly inspired by my history class. We were going over some Russian Marxists, and I thought it was interesting that even a communist regime will have a leader. This brought up the question, "Is it natural for humans to have a leader?" I thought about any organization and realized they all have a decently-defined hierarchy. I also thought about our cavemen ancestors and the sort of familial hierarchy with the father as the provider of food and safety (I haven't really studied anthropology, so tell me if I'm incorrect).

Feel free to ask clarifying questions, and I am looking forward to your responses!

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    Oct 15 2013: hierarchy is inevitable... we each have a role to fulfill to improve our living conditions....
    in the polytrickel sense it a case of divide and rule where there is no hierarchy but more a battle for hierarchy where the leader is actually a follower
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      Oct 15 2013: Hi Carlo
      Yes, we all have a role to fulfil to improve our living conditions, however I would ask, do you really need someone else to tell you how to do that?
      Yes we live in a world where there is considerable inequality and the gaps are getting wider between the top and the bottom in our hierarchical systems ... Yes the laws of divide to rule are prevalent in many nations in our world... Yet I would ask why do we need perpetual leaders? I know no one person can do everything, and that the buck must stop with someone, however when so many of our so-called leaders are seemingly flawed and self-serving, concerned only with themselves, and giving no regard or thought to those over whom they rule, do we really need them?
      Surely a more open source egalitarian network of cooperative, collaborative, contributors would be better way of achieving a better world ???
      Just a some thoughts
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        Oct 16 2013: Yes, you do need someone to tell you what to do... a child needs their parent to tell them what to do, to guide them, to protect them, to provide for them... teach them right from wrong, to get them to tow the line so the family can function at it's best

        we were not born all knowing, capable of fending for ourselves.
        political and social hierarchy is chosen from the top down
        natural hierarchy is chosen from the bottom up

        even in your network of cooperative, collaborative, contributors there will be a hierarchy... eventually you will have rules of engagement how to barter/trade/share

        if you don't have a pecking order, life will be chaotic...
        i would cite the caste system in india - this does not work for the rest of the world but it works for india

        every student needs a master
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          Oct 19 2013: every student needs a master....BUT should stay away from a masters influence.

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