This image (click here) serves as a pertinent reminder that even an umbrella, when in the wrong hands, can transform from being a tool to provide shelter to a symbol of oppression. It all goes to show that for societies with hierarchical elements to work effectively, strong leadership needs to be reigned in by robust checks to prevent the abuse of power. Except in representative membership bodies of course!
For further proof of what can happen if the wrong person ends up running the show, click here. And here. Not only did they cock it up mightily, they besmirched the fair name of umbrellas along the way.