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- n. Plural form of heterarchy.
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The new "democracies" are thinly-disguised and criminalized plutocracies (recall the Russian oligarchs), authoritarian regimes (Central Asia and the Caucasus), or Vichy-like heterarchies (Macedonia, Bosnia, and Iraq, to mention three recent examples).
In contrast to hierarchies, with top-down structures, heterarchies are made up of previously isolated groups that can connect to one another and coordinate.
Social theorists have a name for these types of decentralized networks: heterarchies.
The new heterarchies won't work unless those hidden connectors can, in a sense, become the equivalent of that violin quartet, where leadership is so subtle as to be almost invisible; where empathy is the favored way of communicating; and where personal rivalry is subsumed in the cause of their joint creation.
I’m hoping heterarchies spread across the land like honey mushroom micelium (the largest organism on earth is a honey mushroom whose mycelium spread across the state of Oregon).