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The logical form of what is called a "hierarchy" or a "hierarchical structure" is that of a logical inclusion dependency, which at that abstract level could be used to describe with equal accuracy a socio-political situation that is ethically ideal, or a situation that is ethically perverse. If the structure is unified by the principles of equivalence of all members wrt the laws, respect for the autonomy of each member ("pursuit of happiness"), etc., the structure could describe the differentiation of the polity into different ethnic groups, religions, classes, etc., with all members equivalent as citizens. But if the structure describes the result of everyone following the principle that one should always try to dominate and impose control over others, then it will look like the hierarchy describing the results of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, of winners and losers. So the source of the badness is probably not the hierarchical form, at least insofar as it's only an inclusion dependency, but the idea that one should always try to dominate. Not every culture in the world has that as an operating principle, but it has seemed to be a problem with the European male, at least ones who are not "sensitive and intelligent" and intellectually free, but are slaves to convention.

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