On 2009-07-21, cc wrote:
” then it looks like it’s the authority that makes roleplaying work, not the ongoing, contingent assent.”
Thats tautologiocal; the authority only exists as a manifestation of consent. Consent can be withdrawn simply by refusing to play the game, or several less dramatic actions.
All authority, even military dictatorships, depend on consent. The consent may or may not be that of a broad based group, but authority never exists without consent of some kind.
But consent can be passive, and the authority is always an active agent. It is granted consent to do certain things. Hence, you cannot split consent from the authority as if they were different entities - one is merely the concrete expression of the other.