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Sure, your remote king was not a practical leader. But looking at the broader picture, most societies have had a hierarchical government with a strong leader at the top, not chosen by the general population.

Somebody's going to hit me now with statistical proof that that's not the case, I suppose. But still, I think there is a tendency for strong personalities to work themselves into positions of power while weaker "normal" personalities will put up with it as long as they get their football and beer.

by asdf on Mon Aug 22nd, 2011 at 09:40:31 PM EST
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