Quoting ‘David Brooks’s Plea for the Belief in Santa Claus’ by Kevin Carson

Authority relations make people stupid, and institutions are horrible at aggregating the knowledge of their members. Hierarchies filter the upward flow of information, because (in the memorable words of R.A. Wilson) nobody tells the truth to a man with a gun. Power creates one-way communications — a cyberneticist’s nightmare, to quote Wilson again — so that people in authority operate without the environmental feedback on the effects of their actions necessary for sanity.

via David Brooks’s Plea for the Belief in Santa Claus.