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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 10 2013: I believe it is human nature. People are naturally drawn to the strong and it is needed to run an effective organisation or culture. If the hierarchy is weak then the population simply disbands and in time will form a new hierarchy. I know this is a very broad out look after you strips away the political motives, how a hierarchy is elected or what happens when a population is suppressed. If you wanted to you could date it back to the most successful breeders.

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