Bionic Mosquito writes about how community is found within a truly egalitarian society – through the state, and only through it (bold emphasis added):
Destroy all other hierarchies and all that is left is the State. This should not be a difficult concept to grasp. It takes little more than opening one’s eyes to our daily existence.
Where during the Middle Ages the quest for community might lead one to the Church, today the journey often ends in the political party. Eventually, when man feels he has lost all control of his destiny, he willingly turns to the totalitarian state.
Citing Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor:
“So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and painfully as to find someone to worship. But man seeks to worship what is established beyond dispute, so that all men will agree at once to worship it. For these pitiful creatures are concerned not only to find what one or the other can worship, but find something that all will believe in and worship; what is essential is that all may be together in it. This craving for community of worship is the chief misery of every man individually and of all humanity from the beginning of time.”
I know, I know… “I am an individual; I am strong; I am a libertarian.”
OK, so pretend Dostoevsky isn’t writing about you. Instead, just look at the 50,000 others cheering wildly for the troops next time you are at the ballpark.
Just who is the one who doesn’t fit Dostoevsky’s description? Who is the oddball?
Hierarchy is neither anti-libertarian nor anti-liberty. Hierarchy is good. It gives people a sense of purpose and a role in culture, society, and their institutions. It provides structure and stability.
Every successful, effective group has positions and roles, and the members either take those roles or are delegated them according to their abilities.
This has nothing to do with “equality” by whatever definition you wish to provide.
It has to do with giving people a place to belong. The idea that everyone has the same role or has equal authority to anyone else is just as Utopian as the notion that without the state there would be no need for hierarchy.
Even if the titles are not bestowed officially, men naturally seek leadership among their groups.
People are innately unequal in every way imaginable, save for their common right to self-ownership.
Death is the true equalizer; we are all going to die, and only in death do we become equals.