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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 19 2013: Whole animal history, makes people be similar to animals in some things. This is one of them. Animals have herds as organization, so they collectively comes easily to the catch. It is natural to have a leader in herds, and the leader is on the top of the herd (because he is leding them), when they go on rampage.

    So, it is in human nature to have a leader.
    Every way of organisation of society, confirms that, starting from ancient folks, till now days. And if we imagine,that there's not society organisation, at all, then, the organisation would probably be in the small communities,families etc. but even that kind of organisation (small communities) would have a leader, who represent the community, and interests that they have.

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