…rrevocable flaws, in large part because institutions are essentially mechanisms for wielding power. It is impossible for institutions to be fair for all, because at their heart, institutions are about granting power and rights to some and not others. And yet, they are essential mechanisms for the perpetuation of culture. Institutions enable knowledge to pass from person to person, and generation to generation. There is even evidence that trust in institutions increases social trust, or trust in “the abstract, generalized other about whom little information exists.” When we trust our institutions, we are more likely to trust one another. Strong institutions make for strong societies.