Junior Ganymede
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Authority is Brotherhood

July 31st, 2015 by G.

Formal power can coexist with practical equality.   Formal equality creates power struggles and cliques.

The one model is two boys fighting.  One wins, they now know who is stronger, and they are friends after that.  The other model is high school.   The mean girls are mean because there is nothing else to separate them from the kids they sneer at.

Formal power means power that is stable and secure.  It is hierarchy.

 

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July 31st, 2015 16:31:42
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Vader
August 1, 2015

I think it follows that the feminization of boys will automatically undermine authority and increase instability.

As we see in the matriarchal culture of the inner city.


Bookslinger
August 1, 2015

Or they get their example of masculinity and authority from the media,


seriouslypleasedropit
August 4, 2015

This is excellent. Moldbug’s definition of violence as “conflict plus uncertainty” comes to mind. Take away the uncertainty, and there goes the violence.


G.
August 5, 2015

Human nature being what it is, that isn’t always going to be true. But its true enough.

I should have said ‘legitimate authority,’ instead of ‘formal authority.’ Legitimate authority is authority that is recognized by those who the authority is over.

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