This is an interesting take on authority I found on facebook from Aileen Dyson,
Regardless of today’s decision by President Michael D. Higgins… please consider the following statement:
The truth is that “authority” does not and cannot exist at all, and failure to recognize that fact has led billions of people to believe things and do things that are horrendously destructive. There can be no such thing as good “authority” – in fact, there is no such thing as “authority” at all. As strange as that may sound, it can be easily proven.
In short, government does not exist. It never has and it never will. The politicians are real, the soldiers and police who enforce the politicians’ will are real, the buildings they inhabit are real, the weapons they wield are very real, but their supposed “authority” is not. And without that “authority,” without the right to do what they do, they are nothing but a gang of thugs.”