We're talking about government and you use the terms "ethical conduct"?
Patrick Henry argued BOTH of these things during the debates over the Constitution. He argued against the idea of a "common purse" (golden calf), that no people have ever survived government in control of the purse of the people. He also argued that the Constitution was written as though "good men" (ethical men) would always be in positions of control, when he knew well that there would be "bad men" (unethical) who would acquire those positions.
Hierarchy is defined as one being above another, having authority over another. There is no hierarchy if the principle/teacher/student each have free choice. There is EITHER hierarchy OR free choice. And what a wonderful place for tyrants to establish hierarchy, at schools. There the student, with his minds being a blank slate, learns that he must abide by the rules of the teacher AND the principal. He learns that the teacher must abide by the principal, and that the principal also has someone that he must abide by. The student is taught the system of hierarchy that he will later live by in his society. In essence the student is conditioned that in the real world, just as in school, he will have a boss, and his boss will have a boss, and that there is a continual string of bosses over the boss all the way up to...government, which is on the top of the pyramid. And no one in this hierarchy has free choice except when the one above the ones below ALLOWS such.
In Utopia, your arguments make sense.
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