Authoritarian Government: The Default Option
Thousands of years of recorded human history testify to an uncomfortable fact: the vast majority of humankind has lived—and continues to live—under some form of authoritarian rule. Democracies have been notably rare; most have been endangered from the moment of their birth; most have been depressingly short-lived. In brief, authoritarian government appears to be what technologically oriented readers would call the “default option” in human politics. Why? Neo-Darwinian theory, we believe, offers the single most powerful and intellectually coherent explanation.
KeywordsDominance Hierarchy Coalition Structure Authoritarian Government Default Option Inclusive Fitness
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