” You don’t get to dismiss authority because you don’t like it, otherwise every democracy would simply collapse in on itself.”
But I do.
There’s many intersecting layers of authority. some get my respect and some do not.
Local police officer stops and talks to me? That officer gets my immediate respect. Arm of law. Viable power – up to life and death, mere feet away from me.
A far off individual whose decisions +could+ theoretically affect me direct but in reality whose powers diffuse through our govt structures does not automatically get my respect.