Excellent review @agmoore! You carefully and delightfully hit the nail on the head with the three stories. I sense some resistance against my wizard's approach to things. Would you like him to pay you a visit, perhaps? He can be very persuasive. ;)
Kidding aside, you've identified something that is crucial when humans are in trouble. How do we allocate power and decision-making. Do we concentrate power in a single nexus that may turn out to be a mad ahab chasing a white whale, or do we all peacefully and cordially vote ourselves over the cliff? So many conondrums!
I really enjoyed your take on the stories. Great work!