This was how ruthless men came to power in the early agricultural states — they were tasked with protecting others in their community from those who might have been seeking to steal their land or wealth. Of course, the protection only extends to those who have put themselves kind of under the thumb of the ruthless men, but it’s a weird symbiotic relationship that still exists today to a large extent.

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