Sapient Authoritarianism
A pro-hierarchical philosophical movement that emerged during the Age of Expansion, in reaction to Sapient Egalitarianism. It states that all sapients must follow the example of the hypersapients and establish a social hierarchy based upon intelligence, skill, professional success, wealth and so on. Adopting and reviving some ancient Confucian principles, this hierarchy extends beyond the workplace into everyday life. Ironically, it is more popular in some small baseline colonies than in many superbright systems. Practitioners of this belief actually see it as more democratic than Sapient Egalitarianism, for it presumably takes much authority and decision-making away from hypersapients and into the hands of (an elite minority of) sapients.
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Text by Darren Ryding
Initially published on 08 October 2002.