We all understand authority. It is coercive power. The power to issue orders and enforce them. And we rely on authority, especially in times of crisis. At the same time, many of us fear “authoritarians” (people who believe in coercion as a desired social organizing tool). BTW, isn’t it odd then that we don’t pay closer attention to the relationship between authoritarians and crisis creation? Authoritarians thrive on creating crisis. So we should expect them to generate crisis as needed.