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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 31 2013: Yes there has always been a pecking order and always will be.. Even Anarchists are tribal, they just wont admitt it. The Framers of the US Constitution each had interesting points of view on this matter and much of the Government structure of the US as a result is modeled in accordance with the framers belief. The only way a pecking order in a large society isnt totally oppressive is through checks and balances. The US government today has so many regulatory and defense agencies who do not have checks and balances and that is undermining our freedom as is evident by what goes on here with NSA, IRS, and DOJ scandals.. Order needs to be balanced with the proper democratic infrastructure.. Power delegated most also be compartmentalized

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