I'll take a break and think about this. I don't disagree with what you've said, but I still feel that a person can be their own leader. I'm simply not yet ready to concede the point.
Listen, you don't need to concede that point. I agree with you. Where we're having a problem is that you beleive that this is possibe now, while I am asserting that it is a longer process ("removal of training wheels" in my metaphor in synonomous with your "people becoming their own leader")
Allow me to clarify my position, now.
I think an individual can make that switch fairly quickly.
I figure, like you seem to say, that a society will not make such a quick switch.
So I think
we're all in agreement here.