‘Magical Thinking and Authority’ by Kevin Carson

Power, by its very nature, distorts the upward flow of information. Or in the words of systems theorist Kenneth Boulding, ‘the larger and more authoritarian the organization, the better the chance that its top decision-makers will be operating in purely imaginary worlds.’ The dysfunctional information filtering mechanisms of a hierarchy simply screen out any information that doesn’t correspond to what those in authority want to hear.

Read more here. “Why Self-Organized Networks Will Destroy Hierarchies — A Credo” is another favorite on the information problem of authority.