Classic leadership requires authority. Â We can see this in animals, from cockroaches, through pack animals and on to birds and primates. Â Leadership is not a human invention, it’s in evolution way ahead of us, unless you godswank. Â We can find consensual systems at animal level too – often brutally enforced. Â Leadership and consensus can be entirely squalid, and once the shits are in power they are harder to remove than baked on turd with a toothbrush.
I place faith in the idea that we are moving from authority and enforced consensus towards knowledge and evidence based ways forward that are conscious rather than merelyÂ instinctual or subject to the ‘survival of theÂ fittest over time’ type of learning. Â We know it’s too late to start draining the swamp once we’re up to our arses in alligators, but we have shifted the leadership stain from time to time in human history. Â True we live in a septic tank and the really big chunks rise to the top, but we at least have the notion that our leaders can be given a dose of election Domestos from time to time. Â The problem is they have both rigged the system and developed immunity.