Genetics and Politics


It occurs to me that perhaps leader-seeking is a hard wired human trait, favored by natural selection perhaps because beneficial cooperation works better with a leader than without (the committee problem). But perhaps it’s a promiscuous urge, and there is no built-in mechanism for taking leader quality into account. Or perhaps the urge is so strong that, in the absence of a good leader, any leader will do. There is no scientific basis for my speculation (as far as I know), but if I’m right, it would explain a lot.

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