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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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  • Nov 9 2013: If evidence of our past is any indication, then yes it is indeed part of our human condition to accept a hierarchy. The fact that one person can control so many who are one day loyal subjects and the next day an angry mob looking to kill their ruler, can only indicate that as a whole, humans accept living under other humans as long as this ruler has some degree of loyalty to the ruled.

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