Think of it this way. Anyone who has ever been in charge of a group of people, officially or in an informal role, instinctively reaches for more influence, more authority, more power, not necessarily because they are even greedy or malevolent or bad, but because that’s your fuel as a leader. You turn consent into action. That’s what leaders do....

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... Think about all of the presidents going back and back and back, about Obama or about George W. Bush. Sure, mistakes were made. Bad decisions. Atrocities. All that stuff. But most of them reached for more power because they were thinking of the interests of the empire that they were charged with governing. Most of us would, even without meaning to, follow a similar path. We would grow the mechanism that allowed us to turn consent into action....

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