You should read this about a the discovery a biologist made while researching Baboons who faired well after the Alpha males died.
You can also listen to an audio version on Radiolab.com narated by Robert Krowlwich of NPR
I got an email last night from a former student (thanks Hendrick!) who wanted to let me know that Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky had done a WNYC radio show called “New Normal?” (listen here) where he described his 2004 article with Lisa Share on a troop of baboons — which became more peaceful (or at least less nasty) after the alpha males died. It is amazing stuff, and more evidence that being a jerk and having power go hand in hand. Here is a link to the original academic article (which I was able to download for free). It is short and quite accessible, and just astounding stuff: Here is how I described it in The No Asshole Rule:
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comment by James Lico
In our society the alpha males would be akin to conservatives and you can vote them out of office. This is a perfect example of the “no asshole rule at work”