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I have problems with democracy. I think most people are ill-prepared to decide what is best for society. Assemblies of such people are not to be trusted: I fear their collective strength. Society is best served by a select group of clear-sighted, capable leaders / experts. Highly educated, trained, and groomed to wield power, they should oversee maintenance of law & order, promote production of wealth, and guide the masses toward ends they deem to be appropriate. (Note: Elitists often identify with "capital" rather than “labor,” and with “capable leaders / experts” rather than the collective wisdom of common folks. )  If its regime rules wisely, I am willing to submit to the authority of the leader(s) of a non-democratic authoritarian socio - political system.  While some may be able to meekly accept subjugation of individual rights, I would be more comfortable living under a system in which a social contract exists by which law and order can be maintained, and the duties and rights of citizens are spelled out.  Whether the leader(s) is (are) from the aristocracy, single political party, military dictatorship, dogmatic religious organization, etc, I believe these people have legitimacy to the extent they have the consent of those they govern. 

WV Theme #20A: Elitism 

WV Theme #20B: Authoritarianism 

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

appreciates criticism of democracy needs social contract before accepting authoritarian rule
values idea that competence rises to top / Meritocracy accepts autocratic rule (government vested in one person)
comfortable with social stratification distinctions Right Wing Authoritarianism type personality traits
comfortable with highest social class / Aristocracy accepts rule by a single party state 

summary Wikipedia article: Elitism 

summary Wikipedia article: Authoritarianism

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3211 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1112
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 4 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 18

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #20A: Elitism 

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