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Did Leaders Evolve To Be Good Or Evil?

Did the human leader-follower relationship evolve as a kind of mutually-beneficial exchange interaction? And if so, why are we so often plagued by leaders who focus more on exploiting their followers than on benefiting them? A new paper provides answers. Read More

Lets take Hitler as an example

So if this theory would be true, then how does this apply to Hitler for example?

I do get that Hitler had propaganda and close social control (e.g. Hitler Jugend), but soldiers could also escape the whole thing right? It wouldn't be the case if these soldiers would believe that Germany was indeed all-powerful, but I don't know if they'd thought that.

For example, Einstein fled Germany, so did more Germans do it? To restate the question: could you provide a short description how this applied to Hitler?

It's easier to see how this applies to, for example, Jim Jones or any dictator that closes off international communications.

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It is easy to see for me how this applies to good leaders. I don't think that good leaders ever (in history) tried to control their followers to the lengths that bad leaders did (and still do today).

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Michael Price, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the psychology department at Brunel University, West London. He is also the co-director at the Centre for Culture and Evolutionary Psychology.

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