Despite the predicatible sensationalism—both the content of and response to—Michael Wolff’s new tell-all book Fire and Fury, in which he paints a damning portrait of West Wing chaos amidst a leader who seemingly knows much less than anyone around him, the author raises important larger questions about authority and power.
Whether the relationship is with a boss, landlord, as a child with a parent, or anyone else who holds some sort of control over us, we have all found ourselves at times wondering whether the one in charge actually knows what they are doing. Regardless of their competence—perceived or actual—we sometimes see things more clearly than the person calling the shots.
Authority is a complicated thing. So what do we do when we inwardly question it?
Do whatever we can get away with that we believe is actually right?
Boldly argue for reason or second-thought?
Actively to try expose the leader’s faults?
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