A while back Ophiuchus said that melonheads are teh real autistes, except that they’re only autistic about the importance of hierarchy. It was one of those things that I didn’t see until somebody said it out loud, and then I started seeing it everywhere. It even puts a phenotypal spin on the old Aristotle/Plato divide.
Then I started to notice that melonheads often express a certain type of purity spiraling, where they fixate on some human archetype and strive to express it as perfectly as possible. Nate from Vox Popoli (slash ATF show) is fixated on being the platonic redneck, Tom Kratman is fixated on being the platonic soldier, MM is fixated on being the platonic American Success, and so on. Even Zuckerberg, whose mix of autism and sociopathy helped to inspire the aspiepath label, expresses his fixation on becoming Augustus (parodied elsewhere as gentle leader).
What I think is going on here is that the obsession with hierarchy gets redirected toward a particular cultural axis, for the purpose of ascending to the top of some subculture and being at the top of that. I.e. “I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.” The logical thing then is to become the mythical composite of that subculture’s people and principles, in order to inspire and attract its people. This, along with passionate belief in and advocacy for the group’s ideals, would explain a lot of melonhead shallow charisma. If I were around somebody about whom I could say “this person represents everything I stand for”, I’d follow them too.