All forms of organization, regardless of how democratic or autocratic they may be at the start, will eventually and inevitably develop into oligarchies. The reasons for this are the technical indispensability of leadership, the tendency of the leaders to organize themselves and to consolidate their interests; the gratitude of the led towards the leaders, and the general immobility and passivity of the masses.This leads directly to the question of importance of leadership. The great paradox about the leaders of our times is that they make decisions on things which are best left to us individuals and on issues that are best addressed by leaders(experts), tend to follow the masses. A mixture of condescension, ignorance, apathy and arrogance seems to be the recipe for leaders these days.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Iron law of Oligarchy: