There’s anything else that’s as fascinating as entropy. The second law of thermodynamics tells us that entropy always increases. In a world full of human beings, each living a diverse and unique life, how do you maintain order and structure?
Order here means the alignment of each individual’s actions such that the sum is greater than the parts. There are two and only two ways to accomplish this. One, make everyone believe into an authority, and the fear of it will keep everyone in order. Another way is to make everyone believe into a protocol, and the incentives of the protocol will keep everyone in order.
Why a protocol beats authority is because who keeps in check the entropy of the authority? Another higher authority? It’ll just be an infinite hierarchy, and a ticking time bomb. A world run on self-sustaining protocols is more stable than the world run by an authority.