Kevin Carson has a way with words on Authority.
In conversations with authoritarians about the stupidity of the pointy-haired bosses, I frequently encounter statements that “they’ve been put in authority for a reason, and it’s been decided that blah blah woof woof.” Note the passive voice. The people in authority, and their policies, are just part of “the way things are,” embedded in the nature of the universe.
Nothing more to say really except to suggest that you read both articles. The WSJ one especially is yet another nail on the coffin of the “Human Nature” myth where humans require some englightened authority to lead them through the straight and narrow.